February 2004

Homeland security is an ever-changing discipline, the subjet of conferences, books, and government reports. This month, the Police Chief features several articles designed to help law enforcement executives make their jurisdictions more secure.


  • Civilian and Military Law Enforcement Cooperation

    Criminal activity and increased threats to public safety are the concerns of both civilian and military law enforcement agencies. Resources such as money and people are strained in both environments. ...

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  • Contamination of Evidence Seized at Chemical Agent Crime Scenes

    The potential exists for a chemical agent to be used as a weapon against the civilian population of the United States. An element of the response to such an event involves protection of life by decont...

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  • Homeland Security Funding Sources

    On October 1, 2003, President Bush signed the fiscal year 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Over all, the Homeland Security Department's 2004 funding total is $37.4 billion. Of that total, mo...

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  • Illicit Cigarette Trafficking and the Funding of Terrorism

    Since the dawn of terrorism, procuring finances sufficient to sustain terror operations has been a priority for terrorists. The illicit sale of cigarettes and other commodities by terrorist groups and...

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  • Immigration Enforcement: Is It a Local Issue?

    After the horrendous terror attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, U.S. federal agencies scrambled to identify and find the thousands of absconders and other persons who had overstay...

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  • Impacts of Domestic Security on Law Enforcement Agencies

    The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, thrust local law enforcement in the United States into a new age of domestic security. The nation was stunned and shocked at the loss of life and the devas...

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  • Initial National Response Plan

    On October 10, 2003, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge approved the Initial National Response Plan (INRP), an interim plan designed to help develop a unified approach to domestic incident man...

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  • Making the Most of General Orders

    General orders represent a central mechanism available to law enforcement leadership who confront recurring and potentially problematic enforcement issues, and nearly every American department relies ...

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