Homeland Security Strategy “Flawed”: Police Chiefs


U.S. homeland security strategy is “fundamentally flawed” by failing to incorporate the advicse, expertise, or consent of state and local public safety agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police charged today. Because terrorist acts “are inherently local,” a national homeland security strategy must allow law enforcement “agencies to adapt to the unique needs of their communities,” said IACP president Joseph Estey, police chief of Hartford, Vt.

The IACP contends that despite billions of dollars appropriated for homeland security measures, the federal strategy “has not significantly improved [local law enforcers’] ability to prevent, respond to or recover from a terrorist attack in their community.” The police chiefs say the current strategy has improved the security of a few places while leaving “many others increasingly vulnerable.” The IACP enunciated five principles: “all terorrism is local; prevention is paramount; hometown security is homeland security; homeland security strategies must be coordinated nationally; not federally, and the importance of bottom-up engineering, the diversity of the state, tribal and local public safety community, and noncompetitive colaboration.” IACP has launched a “Taking Command Initiative” to press for changes in homeland security policy.

Link: http://www.theiacp.org/leg_policy/HomelandSecurityWP.PDF

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