Criminal Justice Which community organizations, governmental agencies, and other groups should be included in developing a community or hometown security plan? The Department of Homeland Security has notified you, as a member of the local police department, that a group of individuals who may be a sleeper cell for al-Qaeda have been making drawings and taking pictures of a major bridge in your community. What should you do?

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I think that schools should be more involved in keeping kids out of crime in the community.  Crime is often a result of poor education.  If the schools teach the children how to read and write properly, and give them a future, there will be less crime.

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I agree that local law enforcement agencies (local police departments, local sheriff departments, and local governmental offices) need to be contacted. Outside of that, if a real threat is known, the community at large needs to be made aware of any concerns or intelligence.

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This would depend on what Homeland Security says.  If they are still trying to see what the alleged terrorists do, then I think that Post 2 is right.  If they think the cell is likely to try an actual attack in the near future, I would ask if we could alert the community at large so they could be vigilant and, perhaps, help to catch any possible terrorists who are trying to conduct an attack.

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I would notify the top officials at the following agencies: the local police department; the county sheriff's department; local fire departments; local hospitals. I would stress the need for maximum secrecy while an investigation was conducted.

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