Hannah Lemon
KU Edwards Campus

KLETC leader selected to serve on national Consortium on Fighting Extremism and Hate

Fri, 02/26/2021

HUTCHINSON — As hearings commence on January’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Darin Beck, executive director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), begins work with the Anti-Defamation League’s national Consortium on Fighting Extremism and Hate.

ADL launched the consortium in December 2019 to convene leaders from major national law enforcement associations in regular dialogue on efforts to combat extremism and hate. Michael Becar, executive director of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), selected Beck to represent IADLEST on this consortium.

“IADLEST is happy to partner with the Anti-Defamation League to provide a representative to their meeting of the Consortium on Fighting Extremism and Hate,” Becar said. “Our partnership will help provide input from the Law Enforcement Training and Standards (POST) commissions on training programs designed for law enforcement. Darin Beck’s experience and expertise will be a valuable voice in this dialogue about combatting extremism and hate.”

Beck and KLETC – a unit of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education – have a longstanding focus on policing without bias and upholding the law and safety of all citizens. Beck attended his first Consortium on Fighting Extremism and Hate meeting virtually Feb. 23, where the group discussed ADL’s PROTECT Plan to fight domestic terrorism, which includes law enforcement’s role in responding to domestic terrorist threats, online extremism, processing digital evidence, reporting suspicious white supremacist behavior and more.

“I am very honored to join this group of partners in what I believe is one of the most important issues confronting our country,” Beck said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to add my voice to the fight for social justice issues on a global scale.”

To date, 19 national law enforcement associations participate in the consortium, which has resulted in multiple partnerships between organizations to address issues related to extremism and hate.

“In these meetings and through these partnerships, we identify current challenges and collaborate to address them head on and try to mitigate threats,” said Elise Jarvis, director of Law enforcement Outreach and Partnerships for ADL.

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