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?
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 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.
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 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.