Major anti-terrorism conference wraps up in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited Utah, Wednesday.  He was in town talking to more than 600 police officers about how to fight terrorism. 

It is all part of the 10th annual Utah National Security and Anti-Terrorism Conference at the Sheraton Hotel. The two-day event is supposed to help law enforcement learn how to recognize different forms of terrorism in the earliest stages. 

“When we develop our anti-terrorism strategy, we’re not looking at one type of attack or one type of ideology.  We’re concerned about anybody who may pose a threat,” Rosenstein told reporters afterward. 

“It’s the local officers on the beat who come across the terrorists, and they’re the ones that need to be aware and be watching out for that… If they’re aware, they can pass on the information, and we can catch the terrorists,” explained Dave Backman, Criminal Chief at Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber’s office.

While data shows that significantly fewer Americans are now traveling to join ISIS than in years past, officials say that does not necessarily mean the country is safe from them.  Rosenstein says right now, the FBI has ongoing terrorism-related investigations in every state. 

Watch the news clip above for more on this week’s conference.


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