Boston Police Officers Learn From Oklahoma City Training Experience

Friday, April 19th 2013, 10:10 pm
By: News 9

Police in Boston may have used techniques they learned in Oklahoma City in their investigation of the Boston Marathon bombers.

From the Murrah Building's smoke in 1995 to the streets of Boston in 2013, Americans continue the struggle against terrorism, and to prevent it, the nation looks to Oklahoma City.

"If we can improve the way we report, we can improve our intelligence, and therefore, we can prevent terrorism," David Cid, Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) executive director said.

MIPT is a non-profit organization founded in response to the Oklahoma City Bombing. Since 2000, MIPT has worked to train officers on ways to prevent terrorism. Nearly two years ago, 190 Boston officers were trained.

"They've been trained to identify warnings and indicators that [are] those things that must [precede] an act of terrorism, so that's the contribution that they're making," Cid said.

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All the pictures and videos the FBI had been begging for in Boston was to not only a way to find the suspected terrorists but also one to prevent another bombing. And, to stay the course, Cid says it all starts with patrolmen on the streets.

"I may have the information, but if I don't share it with anybody else, how are they going to know what I've discovered?" Capt. Kenneth Sloan with Midwest City police said.

Sloan has been trained to identify terrorists through MIPT and says, after the bombings in Boston, it's time for even more officers to do be trained.

Cid says some of the best information leading to arrests do not come from high-tech satellites and phone hacking. Most of the solid information, Cid says, comes from nosy neighbors who simply call police.