Introduction to Domestic Extremism and Hate Groups
Organization(s): Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (VDCJS)
Oct 17, 2019
This one-day training will provide Virginia law enforcement officers with an introductory overview of numerous domestic terror groups and criminally subversive subcultures which are encountered by law enforcement professionals on a daily basis. The course will provide a definition of violent extremism and focus on individuals and groups that attempt to advance social or political beliefs through force or violence and in violation of state or federal law. Domestic extremist movements covered will include white supremacists/white nationalists, black identity extremists, anarchists, animal rights and eco-terrorists, anti-government and other radical separatists groups. During the full-day training, law enforcement professionals will be educated on the First Amendment and the Constitutional protections it affords to all groups discussed. At the conclusion of the course, law enforcement will be trained to identify violent extremism and discern between criminal activity and First Amendment protected speech and actions.
Target Audience: This training is being offered to sworn Virginia law enforcement officers.