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LAW ENFORCEMENT COLLABORATIONJohn G. KratzAmerican Military UniversityCriminal Intelligence Analysis, INTL431November 10, 2012
There is thousands of municipal and county law enforcement agencies spread out across the United States. There are also numerous state police and federal agencies throughout the United States as well. All these separate agencies have their own jurisdictions which overlap one another. Having overlapping jurisdictions sounds like a good thing but unfortunately at times it has been complex and controversial which as a result causes confusion and problems. Each local, state and federal law enforcement agency had their own procedures which included at times their own report mechanisms. With the different agencies having their own databases sharing information becomes cumbersome at times.Collaboration is important because it can prevent tragic events for example the attacks of September 11, 2001. The attacks were not only awake up call for America but it also changed the way law enforcement agencies collaborate with one another. There have been numerous studies and congressional hearings on the collaboration failure between intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) is an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation. The Commission was chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks . The report is extremely critical of the lack of action on the part of the FBI and CIA, especially given the clear warnings prior to 9/11 that "Islamist terrorists meant to kill Americans in high numbers" . The report also criticizes agencies for not sharing or collaborating information between one another. As
a result of the attacks the United States created the Department of Homeland Security, the USA Patriot Act and the National Counterterrorism Center.