Preventing Terror Attacks in the Homeland: A New Mission for State and Local Police
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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As the Department of Homeland Security continues to develop plans and strategies to guide the U.S. government towards a safer environment, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are struggling to define their role in the Homeland Security Mission. This paper proposes the creation of a National Law Enforcement Network made up of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The network design will allow local agencies to reach beyond the traditional law enforcement approach by establishing formal networks that facilitate local, regional, national, and eventually global coordination of an effective strategy aimed at preventing future terror attacks in the homeland. The creation of this network will ensure that every police officer in the United States understands his or her role in preventing future attacks. Drilling down to the lowest local level to include businesses, industry, and the private sector, the formation of the network expands U.S. detection and prevention capabilities well beyond the current level.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Civil Defense
- Unconventional Warfare