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OKC counter-terrorism training in jeopardy

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City-based institute that offers free counterterrorism training to police officers across the country might be closing for good within the year.

Housed in the same building as the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, on the site of a bombing that killed 168 people in 1995, the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism has trained more than 16,000 police officers since 2000.

The institute lost its federal funding, which it gets from the Department of Homeland Security, in September and is now in danger of shutting down.

The institute received a $2.2 million federal contract that was supposed to sustain it for three years. But after one year of funding, that contract has been dissolved due to a tough fiscal situation in Washington, said the institute's director, David Cid.

"We have to find another source of funding," Cid said. "We're looking into various places that we think might be logical.

"If nothing comes out that way, ultimately, we will close."

 

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