City to play host to FBI academy conference

Officers to explore ways to fight terrorism locally


More than 2,000 law enforcement officers are expected in Baltimore this weekend for a four-day training conference at the Marriott Waterfront that will examine how local police can better fight terrorism.

The officers, all graduates of the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Va., will hear first-hand accounts of Sept. 11 from former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who oversaw the department's response at the World Trade Center. Members of the Arlington, Va., force who responded at the Pentagon will also speak.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is also scheduled to address the conference on the importance of local police departments in helping to prevent terror attacks.

The 38th annual gathering of the FBI National Academy Associates is not open to the public.

"I'm confident that we'll come away with some new ideas for how, at the local level, we can assist our federal counterparts and how we can better fight terrorism on our own as well," said Walter J. Corter, president of FBI National Academy Associates.

This is the first time the event has been held in Baltimore.

Edgar F. Koch, director of the Baltimore police crime lab, and John E. Gavrilis, former chief of detectives in Baltimore, are co-chairmen of the event.

Mayor Martin O'Malley and Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris will participate Monday in a conference in Washington about local police and homeland security issues.

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