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Terrorism, gangs, and school safety discussed at police training conference in Tyler

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TYLER (KYTX) - It was just two months ago when we saw the Boston Marathon Bombing flash across our television screens.

"16 people lost limbs," said Tom Shamshak.

Tom Shamshak is a former police chief in the Boston area. He now serves as a police consultant and private investigator.

Today, he's in Tyler showing law enforcement an unfortunate reality.

"Police officers in Massachusetts had to dodge improvised explosive devices, IED's, that were hurled at them. This is a new reality," explained Shamshak.

Twenty years ago, officers weren't facing those obstacles. Now, they're learning how to handle violent situations in schools, including mass shootings.

"What do we do with officers who encounter these things, who see death and destruction? How can we better help them to handle their job?" asked Erwin Ballarta.

Erwin Ballarta is the Executive Director of the Texas Police Association. He says, those questions, must be answered.

"The officers need to know what the bad guys are doing," added Ballarta.

If they know that, they can better protect our communities.

"Officers today in the street are confronting gangs that are armed with heavy assault weapons, that's very difficult to deal with," said Shamshak.


List of Topics and Speakers:

Terrorism – Intelligence on Threats from Cartels, Foreign Nationals, and Gangs

Leo Pena, Agent, Intelligence & Counterterrorism Division, Texas DPS

 Boston Marathon Bombing – Timeline, Officer Responses, & Learning Points in Responding to Critical Incidents

Tom Shamshak, Ret. Police Chief, Police Expert on the Boston Bombing (Featured on Fox News and CNN)

Gangs – Current Threats, Intelligence, and Interagency Cooperation

Dwain Steen, Commander, Texas DPS

Arson Investigation and Explosive Devices – Critical Response for Officer Safety and Investigation

Larry Smith, Sheriff, Smith County Sheriff's Office & Brent Davis, Texas DPS Rangers

Addressing Violent & Critical Situations Related to School Safety

Chris Havens, Commander, Burleson Police Department, TPA Vice President

Understanding and Assisting First Responders, Victims, and Families After Critical Incident Situations

Dr. Johnny Lovejoy, TCLEOSE Commissioner

Mental Preparedness for Active Shooter Situations

Mike Ayala, Shooter Performance Institute, Naval Special Warfare Group, Trainer for Special Forces and Navy SEALS

Managing Complex Active Shooter/Mass Shooting Situations

Orlando Munoz, Special Agent, FBI – Houston

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