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  NCJ Number: NCJ 212868   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Cross-National Comparison of Interagency Coordination Between Law Enforcement and Public Health
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Joe Eyerman ; Kevin J. Strom
  Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2005
  Page Count: 181
  Annotation: In examining the cooperative roles of law enforcement and public health in responding to terrorist threats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, the primary goal of this study was to develop promising practices for U.S. agencies in interagency planning and response to terrorist threats and other public health emergencies.
  Abstract: Common barriers to interagency coordination were found to be a lack of mechanisms for sharing confidential data; weak Federal guidance on interagency coordination; insufficient clarity about chain of command among Federal, State, and local responders; legal barriers; different agency structures; and the absence of a common vocabulary to facilitate efficient and clear communication. Promising approaches include assignment of law enforcement and public health personnel to one another's agencies to facilitate communication and onsite consultation, the joint release of communications to the news media, the development of ongoing formal and informal relationships in routine operations, joint training, and the early involvement of all stakeholder agencies in developing response strategies and procedures. This study reviewed the Surveillance System Inventory (SSI), a database that documents and describes public health and public safety surveillance systems in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland. The SSI summarizes the status of coordination between law enforcement and public health agencies across these systems and highlights potentially useful systems for coordination and dual-use integration. Researchers also interviewed representatives of law enforcement, public health, and homeland security regarding the nature and status of interagency coordination in each country. An international panel of experts critiqued study findings and assessed the application of lessons learned in the three other countries to problems in the United States. 11 exhibits, 38 references, and appended methodological details
  Main Term(s): Police emergency procedures
  Index Term(s): Emergency communications ; Emergency procedures ; Interagency cooperation ; Victim medical assistance ; Police emergency planning ; Cross cultural comparisons ; NIJ final report ; Canada ; Ireland ; United Kingdom ; United States of America
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2003-IJ-CX-1023
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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