In Collaboration with Odd Squad Productions and the Law Enforcement Training Association
Net proceeds go towards support for Odd Squad Productions and the Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA), charitable organizations comprised of current and retired police officers and volunteers. Odd Squad is recognized as an international leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth. LETA develops training programs, including Police Judo, for youth and police.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Login: 9:30 am Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver, BC)
Session: 10:00 am–12:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver, BC)
Ticket pricing: $39 USD for single tickets.
For groups of 11-30 attendees from within the same organization, we are offering a flat fee of $399 USD. Your cart will automatically update once 11-30 tickets are added.
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This course explores the current landscape and threat profile of terrorism:
- What are the primary threats?
- Which threats are or should be of greatest concern?
- How did these threats arise?
We will examine the broad spectrum of domestic terrorism, including jihadism, misogynist violence (e.g. Incels), and terrorism from the extreme right, as well as consider the place of other causes and movements, such as anti-Fascism, social justice extremism, and the “far left.” Because of the present circumstances, there will be a particular focus on violent right-wing extremism. Also covered will be the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on terrorism. Because of the increasing centrality of the internet, this examination will include a briefing about online radicalization and recruitment. The course concludes by bring all of the material together to assess the potential short- and long-term futures of terrorism.
- Outline and describe the groups and movements that currently present a potential terrorism threat
- Understand the comparative threat posed by these groups and movements
- Explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected terrorism
- Evaluate the potential short- and long-term trajectories of terrorism
Dr. Garth Davies
Prof Garth Davies is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is the Associate Director of the Institute of Violence, Terrorism, and Security at Simon Fraser University. He is also a research associate with the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies at SFU (ICURS), the International CyberCrime Research Centre (SFU), and the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Dr. Davies’s predominant area of expertise is advanced statistical analysis.
Dr. Davies has been involved with numerous policing-based research project, including those for the Vancouver Police Department, the Surrey RCMP Detachment, the Richmond RCMP Detachment, the Burnaby RCMP Detachment, and several research projects for “E” Division RCMP, including two evaluations of the British Columbia Real-Time Intelligence Centre (RTIC-BC). In these projects, Dr. Davies has aided in conducting evaluations of entire detachments or departments (Surrey RCMP, RTIC-BC, Burnaby RCMP) or specific aspects of police organizations (the service delivery model of Richmond RCMP). At present, he is working on a multi-year analysis of police use of force. In all of these projects, Dr. Davies has been responsible for creating research methods; collecting, cleaning, and managing quantitative and qualitative data; statistical analyses of data; and the writing up of research results. He has also presented these findings to police leaders and municipal councils. He is the author or co-author of dozens of reports and articles related to policing and public safety.
Dr. Davies has also presented at dozens of national and international conferences, including the Western Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Society of Criminology. He has also presented at briefings for the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (“E” Division), the Canadian Security Intelligence Services, and Public Safety Canada, and has testified on national security issues in front of both the Canadian Parliament, as well as the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense. Finally, as the former Co-Director of the Terrorism, Risk, and Security Studies program as SFU, Dr. Davies was responsible for the creation of an online Master’s program for law enforcement and other professionals. In this capacity he has developed and delivered (or assisted with the development and delivery of) over a dozen online courses.