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NCJ Number: 156371 Find in a Library
Title: Terrorism and Community Policing
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1995)  Pages:52-66
Author(s): K Bryett
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the role of community policing in the context of terrorism in United Kingdom and the United States emphasizes that the need to respond to terrorist violence requires skills quite different from those of the competent, community-oriented police officer.
Abstract: However, community-based, local officers will have to face terrorists, at least in the early stages. However, the community model focuses on community-police interaction through individual attention, the resolution of perceived problems in the community, and a focus on crime prevention. However, terrorism is unpredictable, is usually committed by persons unknown to the victim, is rarely committed by local persons, and can produce high levels of damage and injury. Investigating terrorism often requires large amounts of resources, which a police agency totally dedicated to the community policing ideal would not be able to provide. In addition, the community model disavows many of the skills and practices of the traditional paramilitary model, although these skills and practices are necessary for combating terrorism. Therefore, in the majority of cases terrorism will prevent community models of policing from completely replacing the earlier paramilitary models. Notes and 34 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police response to terrorism
Index Term(s): Community policing; Counter-terrorism tactics; Criminology; Future of policing; Terrorist tactics; United Kingdom (UK); United States of America; US/foreign comparisons
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