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Officials to meet for homeland security training

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- State homeland security officials will bring 62 local security officials together next week to give them new information on terror tactics and establish relationships to help them respond to possible attacks.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- State homeland security officials will bring 62 local security officials together next week to give them new information on terror tactics and establish relationships to help them respond to possible attacks.

The Colorado Information Analysis Center will conduct the meeting, which will be followed by other training sessions for the newly inaugurated Terrorism Liaison Office program, Lance Clem, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety, said Friday. The classes will include one on how to prevent and respond to suicide bombings.

The state's homeland defense was criticized by experts during the last legislative session. Murray Hamilton, director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Homeland Defense at the University of Colorado and a legislative committee set up to study security, said money was being spent with no established goals.

He said the committee he headed that was supposed to identify potential terrorist targets in the state had been inactive because of a lack of funding.

At the time, the state said critical assets have been reviewed on a county-by-county basis.

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Representatives of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as observers from North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma and Kansas will attend the three-day meeting which begins Tuesday.

TLOs will include local law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel and communications officers. The program was developed to increase first responder and street-level enforcement ability to deal with critical situations and to provide a close partnership between local officials and state terrorism analysts.

The State Patrol's Rubicon team, which reviews the security of important infrastructure, also will attend. It provides free security assessments to government and private agencies. The team will conduct the training along with members of the FBI and the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.

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