On a summer day last year, David Coleman Headley, like many fathers, took his children to a Chicago park.
There, Headley ran his children through military drills, including maneuvers such as rolling into a shooting position.
The observations — by an officer who had received counterterrorism training — became part of the case that was built against Headley, who four months later was charged in the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai and with planning attacks in Denmark, according to law enforcement officials.
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New investigative teams have been created to generate tips about potential threats and also investigate them. Chicago has an officer permanently assigned to Washington for counterterrorism, and thousands of others are trained to spot terrorists, getting briefings on organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Chicago cops are working with other law enforcement agencies as part of a local FBI task force, and took a key role in the recent arrest of a man suspected of a bomb plot in Wrigleyville.
Even in a more sweeping international conspiracy such as Headley's, Chicago police took a leadership role in an investigation that led to his guilty plea last March.
"That was a prime example of how the Chicago Police Department has become an integral force against terrorism,'' said Patrick Daly, the chief of the department's counterterrorism and intelligence section. "We worked on this investigation 24/7.''
The FBI-run Joint Terrorism Task Force, which handles terrorism-related investigations in Chicago, has expanded significantly since Sept. 11, 2001.
Daly was an FBI agent when he joined the task force shortly after it formed in 1981. He was hired by Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis and created the department's counterterrorism and intelligence unit.