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NCJ Number: 65306 Find in a Library
Title: DEALING WITH THE WEAPONS OF TERRORISM
Journal: AUSTRALIAN POLICE JOURNAL  Volume:33  Issue:3  Dated:(JULY 1979)  Pages:181-187
Author(s): M H MACKENZIE-ORR
Corporate Author: Australian Police Journal
Australia
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Police Journal
Sydney, 2001, Australia
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES TERRORISM AS CRIME, AND HOW THE POLICE AND THE MILITARY COOPERATE TO COMBAT INCIDENTS THAT INVOLVE EXPLOSIVES.
Abstract: TRADITIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE MILITARY IN DISPOSING OF EXPLOSIVES HAS INCREASED AS TERRORISM HAS GROWN MORE SOPHISTICATED. TERRORISTS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO MILITARY EQUIPMENT SUCH AS ARMOR-PIERCING FIREARMS, GRENADES, GUIDED MISSILES, AND DEADLY EXPLOSIVES. WITH COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION INCREASING AMONG TERRORIST GROUPS, ENTIRE NATIONS MAY BE THREATENED AND EFFECTIVE COUNTERMEASURES ARE GREATLY NEEDED. ALTHOUGH TERRORISTS ARE CRIMINALS, AND UNDOUBTEDLY A POLICE RESPONSIBILITY, THEY PRESENT SPECIAL PROBLEMS. MANY OF THEIR WEAPONS MAY BE UNFAMILIAR TO CONVENTIONAL POLICE AND THEY WILL TAX OVERLOADED POLICE FORCES. MOREOVER TERRORISTS DO NOT HAVE SIMPLE CRIMINAL MOTIVES AND WILL POSSESS EXPERT TRAINING. POLICE CAN BE TRAINED FOR ANTI-TERRORIST DUTY, PROVIDED ACTIVITY IS LOW AND DEVICES RELATIVELY SIMPLE. ALTHOUGH SPECIAL, ANTI-TERRORIST PARAMILITARY FORCES CAN BE EFFECTIVE, THEY ARE EXPENSIVE, DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN WHEN TERRORIST ACTIVITY IS LOW AND DEVICES RELATIVELY SIMPLE. ALTHOUGH SPECIAL, ANTI-TERRORIST PARAMILITARY FORCES CAN BE EFFECTIVE, THEY ARE EXPENSIVE, DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN WHEN TERRORIST ACTIVITY IS LOW, AND PRESENT PROBLEMS OF RESEARCH AND INFORMATION. A COMBINATION OF ARMY AND CONVENTIONAL POLICE FORCES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO COMBAT TERRORISM. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Australia; Bombings; Crime specific countermeasures; Explosive detection; Police effectiveness; Police response to terrorism; Police tactical deployment; Public safety coordination; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT); Terrorist weapons
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