SAGE Journal Articles

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Pelfrey, W. V. (September 2009). An Exploratory Study of Local Homeland Security Preparedness. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 20(3), 261-273.

As an artifact of the war on terror, local law enforcement agencies have been asked to serve as the “eyes and ears” of federal intelligence agencies. The federal Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) has assembled a set of guidelines to assist agencies in terrorism prevention and weapons of mass destruction identification. However, there is a dearth of metrics and measurement tools available to assess preparedness. Based on ODP guidelines, a methodology to tap preparedness levels is defined. Additionally, preliminary findings from an assessment of a large law enforcement agency are presented. Application of this methodology will enhance the preparedness of local agencies by identifying areas of strength and those areas which require attention. Once these deficit areas are defined, policy makers can define appropriate training and programmatic changes.

  1. Identify the primary research question as stated by the author.
  2. Identify the two concepts that were highlighted in the findings.

Learning Objective(s): Discuss two laws that punish terrorism


Lee, J. V. (December 2010). Policing after 9/11: Community Policing in an Age of Homeland Security. Police Quarterly, 13(4), 347-366.

This article examines the relevance of community oriented policing (COP) in an age of increased prioritization of homeland security planning among U.S. police departments. The findings revealed police departments that give higher prioritization to homeland security planning (e.g. hazard mitigation) are associated with less officers devoted solely to community policing and smaller or static departmental budgets. Homeland security planning was also positively associated with community policing programs and activities. Research and policy implications are discussed.

  1. Identify the author’s hypotheses, and identify those that were statistically significant.
  2. What is the author’s objective?

Learning Objective(s): Discuss two laws that punish terrorism