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Duluth officer trains in Israel

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(Source: Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Hood) (Source: Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Hood)

Deputy Chief Jacquelyn Hood of the Duluth Police Department just got back from what she describes as the trip of a lifetime, but it was no vacation.

Hood was one of just 21 officers selected to attend the training through the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange. She was just one of three women who went.

"Being there, it gave me some ideas to maybe look at what we're doing and it makes me think, are we doing enough?"

She said police in Israel are experts at community policing and as a result, she said its citizens tend to trust officers more.

"It takes a partnership between the police and the community to make it work."

Hood told CBS46 Reporter Ashley Thompson that Israeli Police are always preparing for acts of terrorism.

"Their methods and their training when it come to counter terrorism, they do a lot of planning and preparation and I feel like maybe we could do more toward that."

When it comes to using technology, Hood said officers in Israel have it down to a science.

"They have huge amounts of cameras and they use that in crime prevention and solving of crimes."

Some have argued that profiling has helped to keep Israel safe.

"We didn't get into that," Hood said. "We just focused on community policing and including everyone so if they have that going on over there, we didn't learn about it."

There were some details from Hood's trip that she couldn't disclose, including specific methods police in Israel use.

She also could not say where she trained for safety reasons, but Hood said the trip gave her the opportunity to think outside the box.

"We're going to talk about different things that I learned and different things we could implement here."

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