Counter-Terrorism Policies for Law Enforcement: Graduate Level Training for the N.Y.P.D.

Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Robert J. Louden, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Post 9/11 events, the authors developed a customized, graduate level, course for the N.Y.P.D. officers delaing with the aftermath of the disaster. This course gives present and future law enforcement manages an overview of counter-terrorism policies in the context of current events and directions. The topics include emergency response to disaster scenes, the identification of terrorists and terrorist groups, and the assessment of vulnerability and risk for population and infrastructure. the course covers preventive law enforcement strategies and tactics, as well as methods to improve information sharing and coordination between agencies. Evolving federal and state policies are considered in light of recent anti-terrorism legislation, new and existing approaches to immigration monitoring and control, as well as how these responses impact on civil liberties and issues related to privacy and profiling. A major theme is the changing definition and the uses of discretion by criminal justice peresonnel, influenced by the culture and various subcultures developed and maintained by the law enforcement agencies, by outside forces, and by legal developments. This paper will discuss evaluations, assessments, and lessons learned by the authors from the three semesters or trials and tribulations.

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Updated 05/20/2006