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Counterterrorism institute moving to Midwest City

The struggling Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is moving from downtown Oklahoma City to Rose State College in Midwest City.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: December 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013

— The struggling Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is moving from downtown Oklahoma City to Rose State College.

Ben Fenwick, a spokesman for Rose State College, said details of the move are still being worked out. He said more information will be released to the public during a news conference Thursday at the college.

Institute officials did not return calls and emails seeking comment.

The counterterrorism institute, which is now housed in the same building as the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, has helped to train more than 16,000 police officers since opening in 2000.

Institute Director David Cid said federal funding was lost in September. The institute had been getting funding through the Department of Homeland Security, but a $2.2 million contract that was supposed to sustain the institute for three years dried up after only one year.

“We have to find another source of funding,” Cid told The Oklahoman in November. “We're looking into various places that we think might be logical.”

Cid, who has reduced his staff by 50 percent amid the loss of funding, recently said the institute has enough money saved to last another year.

“If nothing comes out that way, ultimately, we will close,” he said.

The institute's flagship program, InCOP, has helped to train officers in Boston, New York, Miami, Fla., and other major cities. The program trains officers how to recognize signs of possible threats and gather information.

CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Graham Lee Brewer

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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