chapter  6
24 Pages

The Need for a Coordinated and Strategic Local Police Approach to Terrorism: A Practitioner’s Perspective


The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have forever changed the face of American policing. The repercussions and long-term impact of the attacks are far ranging and have yet to be fully understood or comprehended, but it is certain that these terrorist acts will continue to resonate in American policing and in American society. The attacks have had, and will continue to have, a profound effect on the way police, law enforcement, and other public safety agencies do business, ultimately requiring that these agencies substantially alter their traditional policies, training, operations, and interactions with other agencies as well as with the communities they serve. It is a safe assertion that no other historic event has so fundamentally and so radically transformed American society and culture, American domestic and foreign policy, and American policing.