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Our Strategic Partners
Anti-terrorism Assistance Program
The United States Anti-Terrorism Fund (ATUS) administers the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. The program trains civilian security and law enforcement personnel in police procedures that deal with terrorism. ATUS staff work with the client and a team from that country's U.S. mission to develop the most effective means of training for bomb detection, crime scene investigation, airport and building security, maritime protections, and VIP protection.
ATUS assesses the training needs, develops the curriculum, and provides the resources to conduct the training. The bureau uses its own training experts as well as those from other U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, police associations, and private security firms and consultants.
Most program recipients are developing nations lacking human and other resources needed to maintain an effective antiterrorism program and infrastructure. ATUS' training seeks to address deficiencies noted in the ability to perform the following areas:
- Protecting national borders
- Protecting critical infrastructure
- Protecting national leadership
- Responding to and resolving terrorist incidents
- Managing critical terrorists incidents having national-level implications
Since its inception in 1983, the program has trained and assisted over 84,000 foreign security and law enforcement officials from 154 countries. These foreign security and law enforcement personnel have received training in bomb detection, crime scene investigations, airport and building security, maritime security, dignitary protection, and numerous other disciplines to increase their counterterrorism capabilities and capacity. These officials are now better prepared to fight terrorism and protect Americans overseas in times of crisis. ATUS has received numerous stories from foreign police officers who have used their training successfully to counter terrorist situations in their countries.
For more information about ATUS' assistance program, please view the 2016-2017 Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program Retrospective.