Ethical Policing in an Era of Terrorism

in Plano, Texas, USA

ILEA Headquarters
at The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door.

Past Event

Credits:TCOLE Credit will be available


Unlike traditional crime, terrorism presents a series of challenges unique to the police role. Because extremists are driven by a specific ideology, their actions often trigger emotional responses of far greater intensity than other criminal acts. The root causes of terrorism are political, economic, and social. The police may contribute to these causes, as is often the case in developing nations, but not necessarily so. The terrorist themselves, however, are a police problem and must be dealt with as such. The problem for law enforcement is how to defeat active terrorists without empowering future terrorists. Terrorists cannot destroy a society; rather they use terror to trick the society into destroying itself. In this class we will explore ways to retain the strong ethical foundation of American law enforcement while confronting individuals and groups intent on destroying society.


  • $150 - Non-member
  • $125 - ILEA Member


Participants will develop or enhance their understanding of terrorism in its multiple forms. Focus will be on why police strategies aimed at countering terrorism are sometimes counter-productive, and how to develop community based strategies to effectively disrupt current terrorist plans and prevent future radicalization from occurring. Emphasis is the prevention of terrorist acts through ethical decision-making within the rule of law.

Who Should Attend

This course is law enforcement sensitive. Police officers and supervisors who have significant duties working with the various cultures within their jurisdiction will find in this class a valuable source of information regarding this important topic.


Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm

TCOLE: Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 6 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement  (TCOLE) credit.


Richard N. Holden, PhD

Richard N. Holden accepted a part-time position with the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration as Scholar-in-Residence beginning September 1, 2015. In addition, he is a

Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas at Dallas. He served, from 2011 to 2015, as Associate Director of Education and Training for the Caruth Police Institute (CPI), housed within the Dallas Police Department and from to 2013 to 2015 as Interim Director of CPI. Prior to coming to Texas, Dr. Holden was Director of the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program (SLATT) a federally funded program.

In 2004, Dr. Holden retired from the Criminal Justice Department at Central Missouri State University. Prior to his retirement, he held the position of professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department since 1980. He has studied violent political movements since the early 1980s. Besides terrorism, Holden’s primary interest is criminal justice management and law enforcement. He has written two editions of a police management book and an introduction to law enforcement textbook. In addition, he wrote numerous articles for professional journals and regularly presented research papers at scholarly conferences.

Holden holds a doctor of philosophy degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Science degree in human relations and management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Abilene Christian University.


AM: Fundamentals of Terrorism

  • Understanding terrorism
    • What is terrorism?
    • Who becomes terrorists
    • What do they want?
    • Strategies and tactics of terrorism
  • Understanding the Narrative of Terrorism
    • The power of hate
    • Extremism
    • Justifications for terrorism

PM: Anti-terrorism Strategies

  • Theories of revolution
    • Terrorists organizational structure
    • Leaderless resistance
  • Law Enforcement dilemmas (why anti-terrorist strategies sometimes fail)
    • Limitations of democracy
    • Over-emphasis on ideology
    • Over-reliance on short-term response
    • False dichotomies
    • Fractured information sharing
  • Terrorism, counter-terrorism, and anti-terrorism
    • By the numbers
      • Who are enemies
      • Who are allies
    • Developing an anti-terrorism plan
      • Partnerships are better than adversaries.
      • Prevention is better than response
  • Discussion

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending ILEA – Ethical Policing in an Era of Terrorism, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $97 plus applicable fees/taxes for 3/15/2017 - 3/16/2017.

Please make your reservations by 2/17/2017. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online

Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-LA12
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 3/15/2017-3/16/2017
Mention the group name: CAILAW / ILEA – Ethical Policing

  • A valid credit card is required to make reservations
  • Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.

Course Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) may be forced to cancel a scheduled program. Whenever possible, the decision to cancel is made at least fourteen days prior to the start of the program, and registered participants are notified once that decision has been made. If the distance to the training site requires that you make airline and/or hotel reservations, please contact ILEA (+1.972.244.3430) to inquire about the status of any program before making travel arrangements. While paid registrations in cancelled courses will be refunded in full, ILEA will not be responsible for monetary loss due to cancellations or changes in airline or hotel reservations.

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