Tension typically has been high between federal and local law enforcement agencies over sharing information related to terrorism. After an unprecedented meeting of law enforcement leaders on the subject, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) has issued a white paper with more than 50 recommendations on how local law enforcement can collaborate with federal authorities on fighting terrorism.
PERF describes the meeting as a no-holds-barred affair in which “defensive postures and turf battles were put aside in an honest attempt to strengthen this essential partnership.” The organization says candid debates were conducted on such issues as security clearances and information sharing; joint terrorism task forces; FBI strategies; intelligence; multijurisdictional information sharing, and training. The session was sponsored by the federal Community Oriented Policing Services office (COPS).
The paper includes commentaries from participants Edward A. Flynn, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety; Raleigh, N.C., Police Chief Jane Perlov; Kansas City FBI Special Agent in Charge Kevin Stafford; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., Police Chief Darrel Stephens.