The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Committee on Terrorism, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is accepting applications from international and domestic law enforcement agencies for the IACP/Booz Allen Hamilton Leadership in the Prevention of Terrorism Award.
The IACP/Booz Allen Hamilton Leadership in the Prevention of Terrorism Award are given to agencies that have demonstrated overall success in averting, stopping, or countering terrorist activity. Two awards are given annually: One winner from a United States law enforcement agency and one winner from an international agency.
From Our Award Sponsor – Booz Allen Hamilton
“Booz Allen is dedicated to supporting the front-line men and women who diligently work every day to keep us safe from the continuing threat of terrorism. This award exemplifies Booz Allen core values of unflinching courage, ferocious integrity, and collective ingenuity. The IACP’s Leadership in Prevention of Terrorism Award is the perfect platform to provide public recognition and our deepest appreciation for the outstanding work of these law enforcement agencies. By partnering with the IACP in sponsoring this award for outstanding leadership, Booz Allen is proud to demonstrate our strong commitment to this fight against terrorism.”
2017 Winner – Washington Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office; Virginia State Police
On July 3, 2016, the FBI WFO JTTF arrested Mohamed Bailor (Jalloh) 26, for attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. Jalloh, a former member of the Virginia Army National Guard, first came to the attention of the WFO JTTF in early April 2016 based on his communication with a known ISIL operative. Subsequent investigation revealed Jalloh intended to conduct a terrorist attack and/or to assist with terrorist attacks against the homeland. WFO coordinated a complex confidential human source (CHS) operation, conducted daily surveillance, and executed numerous criminal search warrants in an effort to ensure the safety of the public and ultimately disrupt Jalloh.
In May 2016, in an effort to disrupt Jalloh before he conducted a terrorist attack, the CHS described to Jalloh the CHS’s plan to conduct a (notional) terrorist attack in the United States on behalf of ISIL and asked for Jalloh’s assistance in procuring weapons for the attack. The CHS indicated the attack was directed by members of ISIL and included murdering military personnel and then conducting a follow-on martyrdom operation similar to the recent attacks in Europe (i.e. Paris and Belgium). Jalloh replied, “…I will support with whatever you need from me.”
In May and June of 2016, FBI Surveillance and CHS operations tracked Jalloh’s attempts to obtain weapons for the CHS’s notional terrorist attack. FBI WFO and FBI Charlotte coordinated extensively to monitor Jalloh’s movements during a trip to North Carolina, where Jalloh spent several hours trying to find a weapon to purchase for the CHS. In late June 2016, Jalloh indicated his family member obtained a weapon but that Jalloh had to find time to go to North Carolina to retrieve it; Jalloh further indicated he wanted to obtain another weapon.
On July 1, 2016, FBI surveillance observed Jalloh at a local gun shop. On July 2, 2016, the WFO JTTF interviewed employees of the gun shop and learned Jalloh attempted to purchase an AR-15 the previous evening. Jalloh did not have the requisite forms of identification but told the employee he (Jalloh) would return the following evening to purchase the weapon. The WFO JTTF coordinated with the gun shop to sell Jalloh an inoperable AR-15. Later in the evening on July 2, 2016, Jalloh returned to the gun shop and purchased the AR-15.
In the early morning hours of July 3, 2016 Jalloh was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Jalloh had not yet notified the CHS of the purchase, but Jalloh’s Internet history revealed, among other disturbing queries, searches for the July 4th parade in Washington, D.C. On October 27, 2016, Jalloh pleaded guilty to one count in violation of Title 18, USC, Section 2339B, providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. On February 10, 2017, Jalloh was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release.
The Jalloh investigation was successful due to support and cooperation among numerous other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Two agencies, the Loudoun County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State Police are specifically recognized for their support and assistance.
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