Crisis and Emergency Management by Police

P. Ray Kedia, Grambling State University

Major crisis come in many forms such as terrorism (the horrible attacks on September 11, 2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon), natural disasters (Hurricane Andrew, Earthquake in India), nuclear plant accidents (3 Mile Island and Chernobyl), riots (Los Angeles riot and Paris riot of 1968). Most crisis pose severe threat or loss of lives and property, and brutally paralyze human lives and government operations. Major crisis have trigger points so critical to leave historial marks on nations, groups, and individual lives. Emergency management of a crisis is one of the greatest challenges that face police. Police serve as the visible arm of government in most public crisis or disasters. Police provide a basis of support and assistance in any public crisis. Police, fire department, and other public safety agencies lead the actions carried out by the government in a crisis. In order to successfully manage and resolve a crisis, police must understand the definition of a crisis and the principles of effective crisis management.

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Updated 05/20/2006