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NCJ Number: 192812 Find in a Library
Title: Protecting the People: Law Enforcement's Rold in the War Against Terrorism
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:29  Issue:1  Dated:January 2002  Pages:12-16
Author(s): Keith Strandberg
Date Published: January 2002
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article considers law enforcement's role in the war against terrorism.
Abstract: To prevent acts of terrorism, local law enforcement needs to recognize anomalies and make the link to terrorism. This requires training and knowledge of what kind of intelligence is important. As terrorist groups become more sophisticated, law enforcement must follow suit. Technology companies are working to develop new weapons for the fight against terrorism, including weapon scans, national databases, passive surveillance tools, wireless handheld communications for police officers, and foolproof biometric identification. One such tool that is already used by law enforcement is facial recognition cameras and software. Cameras passively scan individuals, then compare faces against databases of known terrorists, looking for a match. If a match is found, the system sends an alarm and alerts local security. The whole process takes 1 to 2 seconds. The article describes the need for an all-source national database, handheld communication devices for local law enforcement officers so they can access the database, and comprehensive training of all street officers for identification procedures.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism intelligence; Crisis management; Databases; Domestic Preparedness; Intelligence acquisition; Interagency cooperation; Science and Technology; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Threat assessment
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