Mecklenburg Co. sheriff leads counterterrorism conference

by: Joe Bruno Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Mecklenburg County sheriff wants to make sure the county is doing everything it can to prevent huge tragedies like the attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Sheriff Irwin Carmichael got emotional describing what he saw in Las Vegas. He was in Nevada last week for conferences, fresh off the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

“This was a horrific event,” Carmichael said. “That was very moving to walk by 58 folks that lost their lives and a tribute to each and every one of them.”

The sheriff's office doesn’t want to see that happen in Mecklenburg County.

Carmichael is leading a counterterrorism conference this week for local law enforcement, so agencies can learn from cities where devastating and country changing events have happened, such as the Charleston church shooting, San Bernardino attack and the Orlando massacre.

“It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, and we were hoping that record wouldn't be broken, but unfortunately, 12 days ago, Las Vegas occurred,” Orlando Deputy Chief of Police Robert Anzueto said.

Preventing something like the Las Vegas massacre isn't easy, but the groups said potential attackers are getting younger and harder to detect.

Carmichael said that's why it's important for local officers and deputies to learn from people who have been through similar attacks before.

“They have information that we can use here in Mecklenburg County to keep it safe,” Carmichael said.

It's not just law enforcement preparing for a potential attack. The county manager said Mecklenburg County is being proactive by putting employees through active shooter training.

Carmichael said law enforcement officers have to adapt to the internet.

He said young people are being influenced by ISIS after coming across the terror group's propaganda online.

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