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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.

It Takes a Community to Be Prepared for Disaster

On June 29, 2012, a derecho brought devastation to many Mid-Atlantic states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia and the District of Columbia. This incident highlighted the need for community preparedness, especially in rural areas. Dr. Shana Nicholson shares the lessons learned by small communities in West Virginia and how public safety agencies and citizens are working hard together so they're better prepared for the next disaster.

Disaster Recovery: Public Health Challenges 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, Mississippi will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the single greatest natural disaster ever experienced by the state. APU professor Juanita Graham writes about her experience seeing the devastation soon after Hurricane Katrina hit and again in a recent visit 10 years later. Graham writes about the challenges Mississippi continues to face when it comes to public health and how health professionals can prepare for the next disaster. 

The Evolution of Modern Terrorism

Terrorism was present in America 100 years before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Given this history with terrorism, Dr. James Hess discusses the roots of modern terrorism, the scholarly perspective on the evolution of terrorism, and the importance of understanding the motivations and strategies of terrorists.