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Local security team trains to detect terrorists

Suspicious activities, ranging from persons lingering around a business too long or dangerous looking items left in plain sight on car seats, are among the signs that send up a red flag for the staff at Sunnyside's Garza Security.

Security company supervisor Darrin Church and three of his fellow Garza Security team members recently attended an 8-hour training session designed to alert them to possible anti-terrorist activities in the Lower Valley.

Church said the Sunnyside security team members attended classes offered at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, which focused on detecting what constitutes a suspicious vehicle or persons.

The training participants also learned how to identify items which might be related to terrorist activities, said Church.

He said by being trained in how to identify potential terrorist activity, the local security company will be able to better aid local law enforcement in curtailing such potentially dangerous situations.

Church said the local security guards attended classes taught by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the U.S. Attorney General. Among the items covered in the training was the identification and detection of national and local terrorist groups, as well as recognizing signs of terrorist movement.

Church said the anti-terrorist training is just one of the training sessions offered to the Garza Security team, which deals in residential and commercial security needs.

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