- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) - Two leaders of the shuttered Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism are developing a new degree program at Rose State College to continue its mission.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1sZEkmt ) reports institute director David Cid and training manager and curriculum director Ed Killebrew are working on a series of eight counterterrorism courses. The first two will be offered in the spring. Cid will teach all of them, at least at first.

College President Jeanie Webb says this is the first step toward creating a Center of Excellence in Homeland Security at the school.

The memorial institute moved to Rose State earlier this year after it lost federal funding, but then it was forced to close. It had trained about 20,000 police officers in the years since its 2000 opening at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

The new counterterrorism degree will be an option as part of the college’s criminal justice program.

“We are committed to the mission of training law enforcement personnel on a wide array of knowledge and tactics, and adding counterterrorism to our criminal justice degree plan is a perfect fit,” Webb said.

Cid said the program will focus on proactive disruption of terrorism planning.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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