Questions On Local Law Enforcement

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Local Law Enforcement Response to Terrorism
William Lynch
Saint Leo University

The threat of terrorism is constantly growing and evolving. As such, our response to acts of terrorism must evolve with it. With the increased security posture at many of our larger cities with industries, municipal buildings, and other large venues that would be desirable terrorist targets, it is possible that extremists will turn to targeting smaller, less prepared targets such as state and local facilities. After the attacks on September 11th 2001, our nation has established the Department of Homeland Security as well as sections within other departments of the federal government tasked specifically with protecting the homeland from internal and external threats. While these departments focus on the nation as a whole, much of the strategy includes utilizing local law enforcement assets and work force in the prepared response plans. This paper will discuss three main topics: The importance of local law enforcement’s role in the national security mission; how an agency can prepare to respond to an act of terrorism that affects our nation; how local law enforcement responds to terrorism. The common definition of terrorism is using acts of violence to frighten the populace in a certain area in order to influence the government of that area to achieve a political or ideological goal. Based on this broad definition, our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have…
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