Fighting Terrorism on the Tobacco Road is built on the premise of bringing together theory and practice, academics and law enforcement officers – approach is very much in evidence throughout the ICSA report published by Rubbettino. The next step is that of sharing the findings to the widest possible audience, to increase both awareness of the phenomenon and effectiveness in fighting it.
In fact, the PMI Impact-funded research project entered the dissemination phase without waiting for the report to roll off the presses. As the authors and experts various completed their sections and chapters, the ICSA project team translated the academic findings into a training manual for the law enforcement community.
The manual follows the same basic structure as the complete report, packaged in a more streamlined format and with the important addition of Policy recommendations. The sensitive nature of some of these suggestions explain why the unclassified Manual is only available to course participants.
The ICSA FTTR seminars debuted on 4 February 2019 in Rome. The first event was hosted by Scuola Superiore di Polizia (Higher Police School), with over 150 attendees drawn from two regular courses and a refresher course. The five ICSA speakers comprised report editors Carlo De Stefano and Elettra Santori and authors Andrea Beccaro, Alessandro Locatelli and Federico Sergiani. The morning seminar was concluded by Lamberto Giannini, Director of the Central Directorate of Preventative Police, whose final remarks described future prospects particularly for de-radicalization and fighting violent ideologies. Additional training events will be held at the Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri (Carabinieri Officer School) and the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia (Organized Crime Investigation Directorate).