Oklahoma college to offer counterterrorism training

The Midwest City, Oklahoma-based Rose State College and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism announced on Sunday that they would start certifying police in counterterrorism training beginning this summer.

Through a collaboration with Rose State's Professional Training Center, the MIPT will provide certificates in mastery in police and counterterrorism. The certificates are in line with MIPT's mission to enhance the public safety through professional development, training and education.

"We have created a unified, thematic and integrated approach to the discipline of counterterrorism that is intelligence centric and underpinned by a deep understanding of analysis, operational tempo and adversarial actions," David Cid, the executive director of MIPT, said. "The student will build an intellectual framework for understanding and defeating both current and, of equal importance, emerging threats."

The MIPT recently announced it would move from downtown Oklahoma City to Rose State College. The institute plans to develop academic programs within the school's degree programs, including a program on cybersecurity.

"We are excited about the partnership between Rose State College and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism as several collaborative efforts could result in training and education for our students and community," Bret Wood, the school's dean of community outreach and workforce development, said. "This new partnership between our agencies allows for a new level of service and educational opportunities for our students and our community."

Rose State College will begin offering the certifications this summer.

The MIPT was founded in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.