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Initial Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Bombing Attacks

8 Contact Hours


Initial Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Bombing Attacks (ILERSBA) is a one-day course that was developed with support and cooperation from the Department of Homeland Security, National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board, and New Mexico Tech. It is designed to provide front-line law enforcement officers with the skills and knowledge to effectively interdict and respond to an imminent suicide bombing attack—whether person-borne or vehicle-borne—or a non-suicide attack involving a vehicle-borne device. Additionally, this course addresses the training gap of first-line officers in making immediate decisions when faced with improvised explosive device attacks. The course offers a blend of classroom presentations and practical exercises designed to familiarize participants with procedures for safe and effective responses to suicide-bombing attacks.

  • Recognize tactics and techniques employed by suicide bombers and how these attacks affect the initial emergency response effort.
  • Employ preventive measures to protect themselves from the negative impact of a detonation.
  • Select appropriate response actions when responding to a suicide-bombing incident.
  • Respond effectively and accurately to a person-borne improvised explosive device.
  • Apply legal principles in determining probable cause and use of force options in suicide-bombing incidents

Target Audience

Law Enforcement

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course:

  • Participants must have completed basic law enforcement training and, where applicable, on-the-job training under the supervision of a departmental training officer. All participants must have demonstrated successful performance as a patrol officer in a U.S. state or local law enforcement agency. All participants must have sufficient tenure remaining in their current or future position to allow for the application of course material upon their return.

Continuing Education Credits


Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student's state: 8.