Washington State Emergency Management Division


AWR-409 Recognizing and Identifying Domestic and Homegrown Violent Extremism

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 to Tuesday, October 24, 2023 (In Person)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Interdiction and Disruption


Detecting Domestic and Homegrown Violent Extremism is an awareness-level course that explores violent extremism in the United States. By the end of the course, participants will be able to distinguish indicators of extremist violence from activities that are legally protected, while maintaining community and responder safety. This course describes the radicalization and recruitment process and the tactics that extremists use to carry out their missions. Participants will consider their own jurisdiction's baseline activity and how activity outside of baseline patterns could indicate extremist activity. Criminal predicate exists when there are facts to support a reasonable possibility that an individual or organization is involved in a definable criminal activity. Some indicators of extremism could be constitutionally protected, including speech, expression, and actions. Responders must be aware of and actively seek to protect these rights while protecting themselves and the communities they serve. Participants will explore several approaches to responder safety: tactics, coordination across response disciplines, online security, and resources to support mental health. Communication across response agencies strengthens prevention and response efforts. Additionally, communication and outreach between responders and the communities they serve builds trust that can help law enforcement gather information that could prevent attacks and make communities less susceptible to extremist attacks.

Course Objectives


  • describe their current understanding of extremist violence
  • define extremism and the differences between DVE and HVE
  • describe the baseline of extremist behaviors and characteristics of extremist behavior within their jurisdiction
  • describe methods of recruitment, radicalization, and legal safeguards that protect civil rights and privacy
  • describe extremist threats to first responders and personal safety strategies
  • describe strategies to build interagency and community partnerships to counter extremist threats







Target Audience
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security and Safety

Continuing Education

Contact: Hours - 16


King County RCECC

3511 NE 2nd
Renton, WA 98056

Course Manager

Course Managers:


Eric O'brien

(206) 205-4072


Mikko McFeely

(206) 205-4032


Apply for this AWR-409 course HERE