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NCJ Number: 201974 Find in a Library
Title: Homeland Security: Law Enforcement's Role in Protecting the Nation
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:51  Issue:7  Dated:July 2003  Pages:121-123
Author(s): Michael Goldsmith; Jim Weiss; Mickey Davis
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 3
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines those areas of information and action that law enforcement agencies should consider in fulfilling their responsibilities for "homeland security."
Abstract: Law enforcement agencies should identify and use relevant information resources, including Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, which have been created to provide security-related information on critical community infrastructures such as power plants and water utilities. Technological advances must also be researched. These include every technological advance from individual physical protection devices to data-mining or data-processing systems. Systems such as the Geographic Information System and the VFAfacility will enhance an agency's ability to store, process, and generate information. The area of security techniques is critical for homeland security as well. Agencies can learn from other agencies about the various techniques they are using to secure infrastructure operations and facilities. Further, law enforcement agencies should be aware of the various ordinances and laws that bear upon building codes, hazard and health regulations, and other legal mandates pertinent to the security responsibilities of public and private infrastructure entities and facilities. Budgetary issues must be a consideration, since funds are critical for proper planning. Budgetary planning for security upgrades is important for matching security measures to threat assessments. Such planning requires that funding sources be continually identified for various security projects. When funding is available, it is often necessary to respond quickly by identifying need and eligibility.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Emergency procedures; Police emergency planning; Police emergency procedures; Police equipment; Police management; Program budgeting; Security standards
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