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NCJ Number: 120193 Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of the U.S. Law Enforcement Community's Approach to the Terrorist Threat (From International Terrorism: The Decade Ahead, P 83-91, 1989, Jane Rae Buckwalter, ed. -- See NCJ-120184)
Author(s): W Dyson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Only recently have the police recognized the need to establish specialized units and operations to address the threat of terrorism.
Abstract: In the latter 1960's and through much of the 1970's, many law enforcement agencies viewed terrorist activity as common criminality to be addressed as any other crime. Police attempted to use traditional techniques to locate terrorist fugitives. Since terrorists are politically motivated and form distinctive associations related to their ideology, traditional investigative techniques are not effective. Police in the 1970's also generally failed to distinguish between dissenters and terrorists. By the end of the 1970's, philosophies had changed. Police had come to realize that terrorism was a specialty and that terrorists are different from common criminals. Terrorist task forces have developed and become effective tools for addressing the terrorist threat. Many of the successes achieved over the past several years have involved proactive policing. Terrorists have been either "caught in the act" or been prevented from perpetrating a planned attack. Some of the groups undermined by police efforts have been the Weather Underground and the FALN Puerto Rican extremist group.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Police effectiveness; Specialized police operations
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Presented at the Third Annual International Symposium on Criminal Justice Issues in 1988.
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