Officer Sammie Wicks currently serves as a Crisis Response Officer with the Aurora Police Department’s Crisis Response Team in Aurora, Colorado. He has also served as a patrol officer and an investigator with this agency. Prior to serving with the Aurora Police Department, Officer Wicks served with the Memphis Police Department in Memphis, Tennessee.
He holds an M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a specialization in Middle Eastern and North African Religious and Political Thought. He also holds a B.A. in History from Rhodes College.
There has been significant commentary on violent extremists’ intent to exploit this rare moment of uncertainty and instability caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries such as Mali and Niger and public demonstrations. The global pandemic, recent protests, and government response to these demonstrations heighten the risk for violent radicalisation that affects the […]
‘IS told us this…if you leave, either we or the landmines will kill you’ Kamal, a former farmer from Daquq, Iraq The territorial defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) offers hope for Iraq and Syria. And yet, many of the factors that contributed to this terrorist organisation’s escalation remain, worsened by ongoing devastation and destruction. […]
On July 16, the UK’s Court of Appeal determined that Shamima Begum, currently at an IDP camp in northeast Syria, has the right to return to the UK to challenge the stripping of her British nationality. Born in the UK to parents of Bangladeshi origin, Begum had her UK citizenship – the only one she […]