Community policing should be a key component of homeland security efforts, says a new report from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The paper results from a session last year on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s one-year anniversary involving state, local and tribal law enforcement leaders, terrorism specialists, and government agency executives. The report examines issues of notification, threat warnings, intelligence and data sharing, community policing principles, how resources should be spent, and other issues.
The white paper also looks at the importance of information sharing between federal agencies and state, local and tribal law enforcement; interoperability; and other communication concerns. The paper discusses the need to reduce redundancy and confusion among all involved agencies. PERF executive director Chuck Wexler said, “The days of finger-pointing must end and we must recognize the importance of each component of government assuming responsibility for protecting our country.” The report is available as a free download at www.policeforum.org and www.cops.usdoj.gov.