Terrorism and Law Enforcement

Essay by hog2015University, Bachelor'sB+, November 2014

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We live in a new world; it is a world where there is the ever growing threat of terrorism.

As a result law enforcement has had to change the way it does things in order to respond to

the terrorist threat. How has law enforcement evolved in order to respond to the ever changing

nature of terrorism as well as maintain the same level of protecting and serving the citizens of

The United States. It is important that law enforcement continue to work on strategies and

strengthen capabilities as well as maintain working relationships with the local communities they

are sworn to serve. In order to do this law enforcement need to understand the changing nature

or terrorism and the threats it poses and treat each threat as a crime.

Prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Americans felt as if they were safe from the

violence seen on its televisions nightly, but that soon would change.

The events of that day

would change policing as we know it at the local, state and federal level. It helped to create new

tactics and standards for law enforcement to follow in order to prevent future terrorist attacks.

One major tactic that has been implemented through all levels of government is the process of

information sharing. Prior to 9/11 many departments from the lowest local police department all

the way up through the chain of federal agencies to include the Federal Bureau of Investigations

and the Central Intelligence Agency kept vital information to themselves. It became apparent that

law enforcement agencies needed to improve their communication skills to prevent future attacks

from happening within the United States and to our nations interests abroad. Law enforcement at

the federal level...