Assessing and Managing the Terrorism Threat   [open pdf - 515KB]

"The continuous threat of terrorism has thrust domestic preparedness obligations to the very top of the law enforcement agenda. For todays law enforcement executive, the capacity to assess and manage risk is imperative. In the post-September 11 era, this capacity must be considered as much a staple of law enforcement operations as crime analysis, criminal intelligence, and crime prevention. The consequences of failing to assess and manage terrorist threats and risk could be incalculable. Risk assessment and management concepts and methodologies are evolving rapidly. Although models differ in the definition, labeling, and sequencing of steps, there is solid consensus on the essential components. In this monograph, each component is defined and briefly examined. Protocols are supplied to quantify/calculate criticality, threat, vulnerability, and risk. Experience and skill with risk assessment and management are limited in many law enforcement agencies. To assist in reversing this situation, this report supplies capacity-building information that includes promising programs, software, and training references. Capacity 'acquisition' through shared/regional arrangements is not only economically practical for many agencies, it promises to leverage effectiveness for all agencies by pooling and coordinating information and planning joint countermeasures."

Report Number:
NCJ 210680
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse: http://www.ncjrs.gov/
Media Type:
''New Realities: Law Enforcement in the Post-9/11 Era'' Series
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