From The Capital Times

BILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | bnovak@madison.com | Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:10 pm

Taking countermeasures against extremism in America isn’t just a job for homeland security, but for all law enforcement, including local departments.

That’s the word from Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney after meeting with top government officials in Washington on Wednesday, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mahoney joined sheriffs and police chiefs from across the country at the White House to talk with Napolitano, Holder and John Brennan, the president’s counter-terrorism adviser, to talk about the administration’s plan to involve local law enforcement in the fight to prevent violent extremism in the United States.

The Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States is a mouthful, but is also considered a necessity in today’s increasingly violent world.

“Engaging local communities is critical to our nation’s effort to counter violent extremism and violent crime,” Napolitano said in a press release issued by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Department of Homeland Security will continue to collaborate with our state and local law enforcement partners and engage the public in our efforts to combat violent extremism, while protecting civil rights and civil liberties,” she said.

That collaboration includes supporting community-oriented policing practices, which has a big backer in Mahoney.

“The strategic implementation plan fits perfectly into the Dane County Sheriff’s Office model of community-oriented policing and a foundation for ensuring constitutional values and civil rights,” Mahoney said.

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