IACP, Booz Allen Present Award for “Leadership in the Prevention of Terrorism”

Dec 7, 2017 9:00 AM ET

In October, Booz Allen Hamilton and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) presented the “Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award” to the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Loudoun County (VA) Sheriff’s Office; and the Virginia State Police. These organizations were recognized for their success in preventing a planned terrorist attack against the United States.

The Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and given by the IACP’s Committee on Terrorism. It is designed to recognize the individuals and agencies that protect our nation’s communities. Criteria for receiving the award include successfully averting a terrorist attack, pursuing a form of legal action against a terrorist, developing innovative techniques to deter terrorism, and/or developing community-based campaigns that build cooperation in deterring terrorist activity.

Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President Robert Sogegian said, “This award recognizes outstanding work in the field of counterterrorism—and we focus on organizations that are demonstrating innovative approaches and collaboration with partner agencies. We also view this as a platform to highlight models of success that others can emulate and thereby really raise the level of excellence across the counterintelligence community.”

The 2017 winners were honored for work that led to the arrest of Mohamed Bailor (Jalloh), who intended to conduct a terrorist attack against the United States. Details of the operation and subsequent arrest are below.

On July 3, 2016, the FBI Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force 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 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 United States. Enlisting the help of the Loudoun County (VA) Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police, the FBI’s Washington Field Office coordinated a complex operation in an effort to ensure the safety of the public.

On October 27, 2016, Jalloh pleaded guilty to one count of 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 “Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award” was presented at a ceremony held during the 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Expo.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Leadership in The Prevention of Terrorism  Award. For more information, visit: http://www.theiacp.org/IACP-Booz-Allen-Hamilton-Terrorism-Award

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