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Oklahoma City-based counterterrorism program may be shutting down

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism recently lost its funding contract through the Department of Homeland Security. The institute has trained more than 16,000 police officers since opening in 2000.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: November 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: November 16, 2013

Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes has sent several of his officers through the program over the years. He said the training the institute provides goes hand in hand with both local and national efforts to prevent terrorism.

“I think it's an atrocity that they're going to lose their funding,” Clabes said.

With Tinker Air Force Base in his jurisdiction, Clabes said that the training is especially helpful for his department. Clabes said many of his officers not only trained there, they use the institute as a constant resource.

Cid said given the state's history with terrorism, he feels a deep responsibility to not only local departments like Clabe's, but others around the nation.

“All you have to do is look outside my window here at the memorial at those chairs and that reminds you of the consequences of us not doing the best we can every day to train police officers to prevent terrorism,” Cid said. “This is serious business we're in.”

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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