Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

12-2008

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Larry S. Miller

Committee Members

Dennis Hamm, John T. Whitehead

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze local law enforcement's counter-terrorism capabilities as it relates to the varying size of United States local law enforcement agencies. Data for the study came from a study entitled "Impact of Terrorism on State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies and Criminal Justice Systems in the United States, 2004". Statistical analysis revealed that there are large disparities in the allocation of resources to intelligence gathering, analyzing, and sharing between smaller local law enforcement agencies and their larger counterparts. Furthermore, smaller agencies are not interacting with federal agencies in a manner consistent with the interactions between larger agencies and federal authorities. However, the study did reveal officers in smaller local law enforcement agencies have undertaken the duties of homeland security on a level commensurate with those in larger local law enforcement agencies.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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