Sheriff’s office emails show POST didn’t approve controversial SEG training until two days after it was held

MURFREESBORO — The Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission did not approve a controversial training attended by more than 100 state law enforcers last week until after the training had already occurred, according to emails obtained from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Criticism over training offered here by Virginia-based Strategic Engagement Group was at least partly due to the involvement of former FBI Agent John Guandolo, who recently told a Nashville audience that local mosques have no constitutional protections.

The event was held Feb. 13-15 at World Outreach Church, whose pastor has in the past made inflammatory statements about Islam. Local and national Muslim groups called on the POST not to approve the training and also asked Sheriff Robert Arnold to withdraw his deputies from the training.

Records obtained Thursday by The Daily News Journal and The Tennessean in a joint public records request filed last week show that, despite the fact that the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has advertised the training to other area law enforcement agencies as POST approved, the training was not actually approved until two days after the three-day training had ended.

http://www.dnj.com/article/20120223/NEWS/302200042/Sheriff-s-office-emails-show-POST-didn-t-approve-controversial-SEG-training-until-two-days-after-held?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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