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MILITARY POLICE 48 As the international community continues to build a military coalition to fght ISIL in Iraq and Syria, law en- forcement agencies must use a combination of traditional police tactics and innovative new approaches to combat the threat at home. Funded by the EU and cofunded by the Bel- gian Federal Police, Belgium is working on a project called Community Policing Preventing Radicalization (CoPPRa). Launched in 2010 and supervised by the EU counterterror- ism coordinator, CoPPRa is used in 15 EU nations to train offcers to work in partnerships with local communities to identify and prevent radicalization. A pocket guide that helps offcers on the street understand and recognize signs of extremism and preattack preparations is available. 4 The United Kingdom has implemented a prevention strategy at national and local levels in which uniformed counterterror- ism unit offcers (called security and partnerships offcers) focus on establishing and developing successful commu- nity partnerships that are aimed at deterring extremism. Schools, colleges, mosques, prisons, community centers, youth and sports clubs, and women's groups are invited to play active roles in this initiative. 5 In Germany, a dedicated Joint Internet Center monitors and analyzes extremist and terrorist Web sites used for recruitment, radicalization, and training. 6 Conclusion Upon my return from the CEPOL seminar, I provided the FLETC director with a briefng (open to all FLETC personnel) on ISIL. I was then tasked to share my knowledge on this terror- ist organization with the Counterterrorism Division and work with the division to enhance the terrorism curriculum with regard to how the threat impacts the law enforcement mission. We must learn from the successes and failures of our partners as we strive to prevent tragedies from hap- pening on American soil. The U.S. Army Military Po- lice Corps can play an inte- gral role in preventing such tragedies—not only through the training that we pro- vide, but also by serving as a conduit for the exchange of ideas and best practices. This broadening assign- ment with FLETC is in line with the Provost Marshal General's military police force strategic plan to part- ner with institutions of higher knowledge and expertise. I recommend the continued use of programs such as this to enhance the Army ability to interact and conduct business with civilian law enforcement institutions. Endnotes: 1 European Police College, , accessed on 3 February 2016. 2 , , accessed on 7 October 2014. 3 Shashank Joshi, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The World's Most Wanted Man," The Telegraph, 1 July 2014. 4 "Community Policing: Preventing Radicalisation and Ter- rorism," , accessed on 3 February 2016. 5 "Tackling Terrorism," West Midlands Police, , accessed on 3 February 2016. 6 , , accessed on 3 February 2016. Major Rivers is the technical director for the Military Police Materiel Branch in the Capability Integration Di- rectorate, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He holds a bachelor's degree in justice of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia, and in business and organizational security - European nations active in CEPOL

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