February 2006

The police must always be ready to respond to major emergencies, but the threats to public safety and homeland security seem to be multiplying. Today’s police department must prepare for emerging dangers such as a pandemic outbreak of avian influenza, catastrophic storms such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the ongoing menace of terrorism. On the cover: background photograph by FEMANews Photo; lower left inset photograph by Robert Kaufmann/FEMA; other inset photographs courtesy New Jersey State Police.