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Law enforcers
attend conference

By Edwin Smith

More than 100 law enforcement officers and first responders attended a homeland security conference April 26-28 at the University of Mississippi.

The three-day meeting was hosted by UM's Department of Legal Studies. All events took place at The Inn at Ole Miss.

"The conference promotes networking among all involved in homeland security in Mississippi," said Steven Mallory, UM professor of legal studies and conference coordinator. "Mississippi Department of Homeland Security personnel and first responders, law enforcement, students and faculty in the legal studies department [attended]."

Lorrie Wood of the Southern Poverty Law Center spoke on "Domestic Terrorism and Hate Groups in Mississippi and Surrounding Areas." Other presenters and topics included Donnie Reay, executive director of the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition, and Robert Pape of the University of Chicago, who spoke on suicide terrorism; James Letten, U.S. attorney for the eastern Louisiana district, who addressed prosecuting terrorists; and D'Wayne Swear, retired NCIS special agent, who discussed active shooters.

Up-to-date research, case studies and strategies on understanding both internal and external terrorism were explored.

For more information, call Mallory at 662-915-7902.

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