CJS 200 Week 3 DQ 2 - The idea of security and policing in...

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The idea of security and policing in the United States has dramatically shifted since the events of 9/11. Since 9/11, law enforcement across the United States has changed its paradigm from being reactive to being intensely proactive. There are several challenges faced by law enforcement officials that are both new and challenging. Even with new legislation, the face of terrorism is not like finding a serial killer or bank robber; profiles are intensely difficult to find; men, women, and teens can be part of a group; terrorists can be ingrained in many aspects of society; and many groups and/or agencies can be used as terrorist fronts while seemingly being magnanimous and legal. The stakes are also a great deal higher post 9/11 – biological warfare, nuclear devices, and mass murder are higher consequences than faced in the U.S. in recent times (Richards, 2007). Additionally, human resources for law enforcement are often taxed, and the expertise often needed (Arabic, Islamic studies, etc.) have not been focused upon historically, since the Cold War focused on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Terrorists, like criminals, also have access to more technology than ever before, and more ways to hide their activities (Miller, 2008). For this reason, there has been an upsurge in the use of private security used to protect sports figures, business executives, the businesses themselves, and at any large gathering of people. From an internal community perspective, it means that there are numerous collaborative partnerships between private security within the community and law enforcement agencies
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CJS 200 Week 3 DQ 2 - The idea of security and policing in...

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