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Lexington police chief is training in Israel

Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin is learning advanced counterterrorism strategies in Israel as part of a weeklong program organized by the Anti-Defamation League, ADL officials recently announced.

Bastin has joined more than a dozen police chiefs from major U.S. cities to learn various strategies from their Israeli counterparts to prevent terrorist attacks. The police chiefs are expected to return to the United States on Monday.

On Wednesday, the police chiefs observed a training exercise involving an Israeli police counterterrorism SWAT Team in Holon, near Tel Aviv. The chiefs also have learned about techniques that Israel has developed to maintain safety, including surveillance of malls and city streets and security procedures at airports.

Other cities with representatives in the program include Bethesda, Md.; Durham, N.C.; Green Bay and Madison, Wis.; Mesa and Scottsdale, Ariz.; Miami; Mobile, Ala.; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Tucker, Ga., and Virginia Beach, Va.