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Law enforcement agencies across the world have multifaceted responsibilities—one of which is protecting their country and its citizens from external and internal threats. While every act of terrorism has a local element, the threat is often complex and involves multiple players. Likewise, it is best defended against by collaborative teams. Whether it’s analyzing areas of risk in a community, following up on a suspected threat, or performing any homeland security task, there are resources and force multipliers available to help agencies better serve their communities and countries.

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Terrorists rarely carry out random attacks without any discernable degree of premeditation; instead, they plan their operations carefully and put a great deal of time and effort into developing detailed plans. The groundwork for their attacks consists of a five-stage “Terrorist Decision Cycle,” an understanding of which can be extraordinarily useful to law enforcement in shielding the public from terrorism and in determining potential targets within their communities.

Traditionally, the phrase “terrorist attack” conjures visions of carnage, destruction, and weapons. Computers and the Internet are not typically included in those visions. However, computers and cyber activity are key tools in contemporary terrorist attacks—and, sometimes, the weapon. Every agency, small or large, has a critical role in detecting, preventing, tracking, and reporting cyber attacks, and the development of a cybersecurity plan can go a long way to help smaller agencies move forward in cyberspace.

The U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) is a rapid-response unit with broad mission capabilities in areas such as counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, interdiction and patrol, high-risk warrants, special deployments, and tactical training of other law enforcement agencies and military units. BORTAC instills collaborative skills in its trainees, and it recognizes the value of sharing those skills with other law enforcement agencies, including CBP’s state and local partners.

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Presidential Focus: IACP’s Efforts to Counter Violent Extremisim

Changes to Asset Forfeiture Program; DOJ Appropriations Update

Public Safety Virtual Assistants for FirstNet

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