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The Role of Local Police in the War Against Terrorism

On November 12, a double suicide bombing tore through a busy shopping district in Beirut, Lebanon killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200 others. The next day, six seemingly coordinated attacks devastated Paris, France killing at least 129 people and wounding 352. Both attacks have been claimed by the terror group ISIS, who issued a video warning of further attacks on countries taking part in bombing Syria, specifically threatening to ‘strike’ Washington, D.C.

As the Paris and Beirut terrorist attacks demonstrate, the lines between international and domestic threats are closer than many police officers may realize. However, most police training supports the assumption that international terrorism isn’t something of significant concern to them. To shift this mindset so police officers see a bigger picture of fighting terrorism requires one thing: enhanced training. Here's how training must be expanded.

Law Enforcement’s Role in Effective Policies to Defend Schools Against Violent Attacks

Schools present a vulnerable target to armed violence, making up nearly a quarter of active shooter incidents. While local law enforcement is uniquely organized and capable of providing the necessary resources to deter violent attacks in schools and respond to violence when it occurs, arguments for faculty arming have validity when compared to alternatives. AMU graduate student Ron Dahart writes about the importance of having a layered security approach to preparedness and response to armed attackers on school grounds. If arming faculty is deemed necessary, here are the guidelines and best practices that schools must incorporate into their policy.

Will DOJ’s New Domestic Terrorism Counsel Make a Difference?

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the creation of a new office, the domestic terrorism counsel, which will focus on countering homegrown extremists. However, much of the responsibility to fight domestic terrorism has fallen on the shoulders of local law enforcement. Will the DOJ’s creation of the domestic terrorism counsel help determine how law enforcement fits into the fight against domestic terrorism?

Obama Addresses Police Funding, Gun Control Laws, and Need for Reform at IACP

President Obama delivered a nearly hour-long address during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in an effort to gain support from law enforcement for his efforts to reform the criminal justice system and implement stricter gun-control laws. To build support from this skeptical audience, Obama delivered a speech that addressed many of the challenges police face and offered measures such as increasing budgets so agencies can hire more officers to focus on enhancing community relationships. Learn more about what Obama proposed to help police agencies across the nation. 

Concealed Carry on Military Facilities? Police Response Must Be Considered

On July 16, a lone gunman opened fire on a military recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, ultimately killing four Marines, one sailor, and injuring two more people. In the wake of this attack, there has been considerable public discussion about granting servicemembers the use of concealed weapons on military installations. But before enacting such a policy, considerations must be made about how law enforcement responds to active shooter scenarios to reduce the likelihood of “blue-on-blue” incidents. Here are suggestions for how police and military members can be trained to respond to an active shooter situation.

Pursuits, Use of Force, and the Influence of Public Perceptions on Policing

Some of us in law enforcement remember when high-speed pursuits were the order of the day. Patrol cars with powerful engines, great tires, and tuned suspensions were a warning to anyone who thought about trying to run from the police. Pursuits that involved police from multiple jurisdictions and covered long distances were fairly common.

Then, something happened.

Learn more about how public perception has driven change in policing and the battle currently being fought about police use of force.

Time to Crack Down on Phishing and Other White-Collar Crimes

The majority of white-collar crimes such as advanced fee fraud, phishing or spoofing often go unreported. But when these crimes do make the news, it is because there are a large number of victims and a significant amount of money stolen.

Many law enforcement agencies do not have the trained personnel, funds, or advanced technology systems needed to adequately fight such crime. In addition, law enforcement agencies do not have the threat of severe penalties to deter people from committing such crimes. Often white-collar criminals risk committing such crimes because the fines or penalties are relatively minimal compared to the massive payoff potential. Read more about Utah's effort to create a White Collar Crime Registry (similar to sex offender registry) for convicted fraudsters.