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NCJ Number: 213247 Find in a Library
Title: Post-September 11 Policing in Suburban America
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:73  Issue:2  Dated:February 2006  Pages:72-77
Author(s): Dennis M. Rees
Date Published: February 2006
Page Count: 6
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In noting changes that have occurred in all police departments due to a heightened awareness of the potential for terrorist attacks since September 11, this article addresses changes in municipal infrastructure; business, schools, and manufacturing; patrol strategies; training; interoperability and sharing; and information overload.
Abstract: Regarding municipal infrastructure, soon after the September 11 attacks, all jurisdictions were required to complete a detailed assessment of their critical infrastructure (utilities, power plants, bridges, water supplies, etc.). Following such assessments, law enforcement agencies were expected to address the safety and security needs of the infrastructure in their operational plans. In addition, the security and emergency procedures associated with schools, businesses, and manufacturing plants received increased attention as potential terrorist targets. In the area of patrol strategies under the community policing paradigm, beat officers have become more aware of and alert to possible terrorist targets and signs of terrorist planning in the communities they serve. Recognizing that terrorists tend to plan attacks that bring massive casualties, local police agencies have also given increasing attention to interagency sharing and cooperation in preparing for operations that require an expanded deployment of multiple resources. This in turn requires structures of cooperation and communication as well as joint training for police, fire, and emergency medical services. The new frame of reference that the September 11 attacks have brought to public safety preparedness has also resulted in information overload, as multiple Federal, State, and local agencies are overwhelmed with new information on emergency preparedness. The management of such information is in itself a challenge for local law enforcement agencies.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Counter-terrorism training; Information processing; Police counter-terrorism training; Police emergency planning; Police emergency procedures; Police responsibilities; Police telecommunications systems
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