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Oklahoma police officers to learn Israeli anti-terrorism defense

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma law officers will learn Israeli self defense from an anti-terrorism expert visiting the city this week.

Guy Dar is traveling to Oklahoma from Israel to instruct police officers in Oklahoma City, Mustang, Edmond, Guthrie, Norman and Yukon, said John Frick, chaplain of the Mustang Police Department. Dar also will train Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies.

``He's one of those guys who knows what to do in unusual situations,'' Frick said.

Dar is an expert in Krav Magen, a self-defense and fighting system used by the Israeli army. Frick, who heard about Dar through a youth organization that teaches children how to protect themselves, said Dar could help officers in the fight against terrorism

The federal government mandated after the Sept. 11 attacks that local law enforcement be on heightened alert for terrorism.

Krav Magen teaches how to deal with terrorists, who are different than other criminals because they sometimes kill themselves while trying to kill others.

``It's a completely different mindset,'' Frick said. ``When police officers have trained for 10 or 15 years one way, it's hard to change your way of thinking.''

Dar is scheduled to train officers from several police departments at the Oklahoma City Police Department training facility. Other departments and the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department will train at the sheriff's department training center in Spencer.

``I think it's useful for every police department across America, because we are all on high alert,'' said Glynda Chu, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department. ``We are not immune. ... It helps everyone to be educated.''

Dar, who is from Tel Aviv, is scheduled to demonstrate self-defense tactics at a few schools and to a group of senior citizens at Stable Rock Baptist Church. He also will teach public seminars at MetroTech Campus Business Conference Center.
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