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Southers Takes Part in Law Enforcement Seminar in Israel

Southers Takes Part in Law Enforcement Seminar in Israel

Erroll Southers in Sderot Erroll Southers examines rockets that have fallen on Sderot over the years.

This past May, Erroll Southers, associate director of the CREATE Homeland Security Center and adjunct professor at USC Price, took part in the 2012 Law Enforcement Seminar sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, in association with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Southers was invited to participate as a result of his expertise an his familiarity with Israel. He traveled throughout Israel alongside AIPAC staff and 25 sheriffs, police chiefs and officers from across the U.S.

The group heard lectures from a wide range of notable presenters, including archeologists (such as Dr. Ian Stern), terrorism experts (such as Ariel Merari), post-traumatic stress disorder experts (such as Professor Danny Brom), and police authorities.

Erroll Southers in the Old City Erroll Southers tours the Old City.

Over the course of the trip, the group visited:

  • Jerusalem and the Bomb Squad
  • The Gaza strip
  • The Syrian border checkpoint
  • Kibbutz Kfar Aza in Sderot (which sustained a rocket attack the day prior to the visit)
  • Rimonim Prison (where they observed a demonstration by the “Masada Unit,” the Israeli Prison Service’s Elite Control and Restraint Unit)
  • West Bank settlement of Alfie Menashe
  • Azrieli Mall (to review unique mall security procedures)
  • Golan Heights
  • Sea of Galilee
  • The Dead Sea; and Masada National Park
Erroll Southers in an ATV

Southers noted that the security challenges facing Israeli cities are a sharp contrast from those of American cities.

“Israel faces a constant threat of attack from an enemy that is within their line of sight each day,” he explained. “They do not have the luxury of distance, to physically separate them from their adversary and it is very different to face an enemy that routinely articulates that their desire is to see that you cease to exist.”

In addition, Southers said that the trip offered a unique opportunity to build relationships with law enforcement officials from the U.S. as well as to “reinforce existing partnerships with my Israeli colleagues.”