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Homeland Security: Guides & Reports

2001 National Money Laundering Strategy
U.S. Department of Treasury, September 2001.
This publication outlines a strategy that concentrates law enforcement's resources in high-intensity financial crime areas, and provides for the structure, training, and supervision of specialized money laundering task forces within these areas that will ensure inter- and intra-agency coordination. It details the importance of coordinating law enforcement efforts with State and Local Governments to prevent incidents of money laundering and provides examples of how this coordination can take place. Topics include grant funding, increasing data access, and coordination among multiple agencies.

Community Policing: Now More Than Ever  
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Fall 2002.
This article looks at the impact of community policing on terrorism preparedness.

Connecting the Dots
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), February 2004.
Community policing is an important resource for preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism. In the Q4 2003 issue of Border and Transportation Security magazine three COPS staffers explore how to harness the power of community policing to secure the homeland.

COPS and Homeland Security
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2004.
Fact sheet describes the activities of the COPS Office in supporting law enforcement through partnerships with federal agencies and other organizations, grants and funding, training, publications, community policing programs, and conferences.

COPS Innovations: Local Law Enforcement Lessons in Terrorism Prevention and Preparedness
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), April 2002.
This COPS publication highlights the types of resources and strategies that agencies may want to consider when developing their own terrorism prevention and response plan. It includes a number of conceptual summaries on topics such as improving data collection and processing, conducting threat assessments and target hardening, and responding to community fear. These are supplemented with highlights of some law enforcement agencies' efforts to address each of these issues.

Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, April 2001.
A discussion of federally enforced anti-discrimination laws, including those involving local law enforcement violations of such laws. This brochure can help local law enforcement professionals understand their responsibility to guard against discrimination and help them educate their citizens on types and forms of discrimination and how to respond. 

Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning: State and Local Guide
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), April 2001.
This section on terrorism is part of a larger FEMA guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning. This guide is intended to help state and local agencies amend their emergency management plans to include terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2004.
This intelligence guide was prepared in response to law enforcement executives requests for guidance on intelligence functions in a post-September 11 world. It will help law enforcement agencies develop or enhance their intelligence capacity and enable them to fight terrorism and other crimes while preserving community policing relationships.

Leading from the Front: Law Enforcement Role in Combating and Preparing for Domestic Terrorism
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), October 2001.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) published this document, which identifies areas that law enforcement practitioners should consider as they tailor and strengthen their own security strategies.

National Policy Summit: Building Private Security/Public Policing Partnerships
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and
International Association of Chiefs of Police, September 2004.
By some estimates, 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure is protected by private security. The need for coordination, staffing, and special resources after a terror attack, and the demands of crime prevention and response, require boosting the level of partnership between public policing and private security. This new IACP publication reports on a meeting of leaders in law enforcement and private security to discuss public-private cooperation and details their specific recommendations.

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism, volume 1: Local-Federal Partnerships 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), March 2003.
This PERF white paper funded by the COPS Office is based in large part on an unprecedented executive session in November 2002 that brought together chief law enforcement executives, FBI Special Agents in Charge and antiterrorist experts, and other leading thinkers on how law enforcement will deal with the new terrorist threat. It was a no-holds-barred meeting in which candid debates were conducted on such issues as how to promote effective partnerships; security clearances and information sharing; joint terrorism task forces; FBI strategies; intelligence; multi-jurisdictional information sharing; and training and awareness. The result is more than 50 recommendations detailed in this paper-set largely by consensus and an urgent desire to move our preparedness and response forward in these difficult times.

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism, volume 2: Working with Diverse Communities
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), March 2004.
This PERF white paper is the result of a compelling executive session in June 2003 sponsored by the COPS Office which brought together law enforcement chief executives, diverse community leaders and advocates, and federal law enforcement officials. The report details myriad recommendations for how law enforcement and minority communities can better work together to protect against future terrorist attacks, prevent backlash violence against vulnerable groups, and sensitize officers to cultural issues that can affect interviewing and information sharing.

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism, volume 3: Preparing for and Responding to Bioterrorism
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), September 2004.
This report discusses the relative threats of various biological and chemical agents and the response challenges for first responders. The chapters cover five critical areas involved in preparing for and responding to a bioterrorist event: detecting a biological attack, notifying the proper first responders, intervening and working with other stakeholders, managing health care surge demands, and maintaining communication among all involved agencies and the public.

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism, volume 4: The Productions and Sharing of Intelligence
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), February 2005.
This white paper discusses the importance of intelligence-led policing and its correlation with problem-oriented policing principles. The report outlines criteria for an effective intelligence function at all levels of government-highlighted by important sidebar contributions from key players in the fields of intelligence and policing. Among the report's key recommendations is a call to more clearly define "intelligence" and what the needs, expectations and responsibilities are of various agencies in the intelligence community and law enforcement profession, as well as a need for a plan to ensure integrated nationwide and regional intelligence sharing mechanisms.

Protecting Your Community from Terrorism Volume 5: Partnerships to Promote Homeland Security
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), November 2005.
Community policing should be a key component of the nation's homeland security efforts. That's just one of more than 40 recommendations found in Partnerships to Promote Homeland Security. This document, Volume 5 in the series, examines issues of notification, general threat warnings, intelligence and data sharing, community policing principles, how resources should be spent, issues of trust, and much more. It briefly outlines local and state enforcement responsibilities, as well as several examples of homeland security collaborations, and it clarifies the challenges law enforcement faces in addressing the threat of terrorism while continuing to handle traditional crimes.

U.S. Government Counter-Terrorism Publications
This web site acts as a clearinghouse for counter-terrorism related information for local law enforcement including available training and technical assistance information. The publication includes resources to help law enforcement decision-makers and other first responders develop agency policies, programs, and training. Organized by topic, these publications come from government, nonprofit, and private sources and address emerging counter-terrorism issues, research findings and statistics, policy and program development, and technical assistance and skill building.

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