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Captain Dean T. Olson formerly commanded the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in Omaha, NE, including the department’s participation in the regional Joint Terrorism Task Force. He retired in 2008 after 30 years of law enforcement service. He earned a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

He also earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs, Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, in Monterey, CA. He is a graduate of the 193rd Session of the FBI National Academy and is adjunct professor of Criminal Justice for several Midwestern universities. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Muslim lands. His areas of expertise include terrorism financing, risk management in suicide/homicide terrorism prevention, agroterrorism, threat assessment of domestic radical groups at risk of escalation to terrorism and Islamist terrorism. Captain Dean T. Olson is the author of PERFECT ENEMY: The Law Enforcement Manual of Islamist Terrorism.

According to the book description of PERFECT ENEMY: The Law Enforcement Manual of Islamist Terrorism, “On September 11, 2001, America’s 700,000 law enforcement officers were forcefully introduced to a new era in policing after Islamist terrorists perpetrated the most savage and horrific terrorist violence ever on American soil. In spite of the post 9/11 proliferation of information about Islamist terrorism, many law enforcement officers remain uninformed about the nature, scope, and reality of this threat. Even the FBI (America’s lead law enforcement agency in the struggle against Islamist terrorism) fails to arm its agents with accurate and comprehensive information to understand this patient, merciless, and fanatical foe.

This manual was prepared to address this knowledge void by explaining the underlying politico-religious motivations that drives Islamist terrorism. It contains chapters that explain Islamist terrorism and describe the history of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. The tenets of Islam and the ideology used to justify terrorist atrocities ranging from suicide/homicide bombings in Israel to the slaughter of school children in Beslan, Russia are documented. The history of Jihad, the oldest and most successful international Islamist group in the world, and how this group has established an effective subversive apparatus in America that works tirelessly to dismantle our democratic freedoms is described. The text explains that by using a “soft” form of Jihad, this group seeks to destroy Western ideals and democracy with the goal of replacing them with a fascist totalitarian ideology to obtain world domination and the forced imposition of a seventh century politico-religious system of law. The radicalization process that can lead apparently well-integrated Muslim citizens to terrorism is discussed, including the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups.

A summary of comprehensive information detailing the Islamist groups active within America and the dangers they pose to Homeland Security is provided. In addition, the Appendices contain an Arabic Name Analysis, Ritual Prayer-Salat, Jihad Holy War Verse in the Koran, Jihad campaigns in history, “The Last Night” letter by Muhammad Atta who was the leader in the 9/11 attacks, and an explanatory memorandum on the general strategic goal for the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. Perfect Enemy provides unbiased and accurate information to acquaint our law enforcement officers and Homeland Security officials with the Islamist mindset and threat. Knowing our adversaries is a fundamental first step in defeating their violent intentions and ensuring our survival, peace, and safety.”


Perfect Enemy: The Law Enforcement Manual of Islamist Terrorism
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About the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
 According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, “During the 1800s migration westward, many of the people making the long trip from the eastern part of the country decided to stop in the young territory of Nebraska on the western banks of the Missouri River.  Douglas County began to grow and the people of the area wanted someone to protect them from outsiders and themselves. This need brought about the Sheriff of Douglas County and his Deputies.

The first and only Sheriff appointed was P.G. Peterson. The first Sheriff elected was Cameron Reeves on October 8, 1856. Reeves took office in January 1857. From that point forward, all Sheriffs were elected into office. There have been 30 Sheriffs for Douglas County; the first five prior to Nebraska's statehood. The current Sheriff, Timothy F. Dunning, is serving his fourth term in office.

Today, with a population of 463,585, Douglas County has the largest population of all 93 counties in Nebraska, and includes the state's largest city. Douglas County covers 331 square miles bordered by the Missouri River on the east, Platte River on the west, Dutch Hall Road on the north and Harrison Street on the south. The County operates under a board of seven elected commissioners.

The department employs 213 personnel, 129 sworn officers and 84 civilian employees, making it the largest Sheriff's Office in the state. The personnel deliver the full range of law enforcements services, including: patrol; criminal investigations; prisoner transportation; courthouse/civic center security; civil process; foreclosure proceedings; warrant service; mental health and protective order service; sex offender monitoring; and, tax collection. The department became nationally accredited in 2005 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).”

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