Criminal JusticeWhich community organizations, governmental agencies, and other groups should be included in developing a community or hometown security plan? The Department of Homeland Security...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.