Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement

Current headlines have brought the discussion of body-worn camera programs to the forefront of our national dialogue. The shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer is one such event that has propelled this heated discussion to President Obama’s desk. On December 1, 2014, President Obama announced that the federal...

Issues and Recommendations to Safeguard Public Health, as Identified by the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease

“In today’s globally connected society, an infectious disease epidemic anywhere can soon become an emergency everywhere.” On October 6, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order RP79, authorising the creation of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. This task force is a direct result of the Ebola cases...

Analyzing China’s Cybersecurity Strategy

“Efforts should be made to build our country into a network powerhouse“ -Chinese President Xi Jinping As the effects of globalization have spread, the amount of information stored on digital networks has simultaneously increased. A subsequent bi-product has been developing strategies to protect this information, or “Cybersecurity.” The Center for...

Stay Alert with the NORAD Santa Tracker

With the Thanksgiving holiday now behind us, many Americans are beginning to prepare for the jolliest time of the year. If you follow the HSDL blog and are involved in the field of homeland security, it might be unnerving that an oversized man in a red suit slips down your...

Federal Funding for Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement has always been the pillar of a community’s security environment. Ever since September 11, 2001, policymakers have placed a greater emphasis on information sharing among local and federal Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), especially in metropolitan areas. The goal is to prevent future catastrophic events by increasing cooperation. As...

LEOKA – Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted – 2013

The Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted (LEOKA) webpage composed by the F.B.I. illustrates the risks Law Enforcement Officers take, knowing that they may be killed, assaulted, or both while on duty. The categories which the FBI has listed are: Officers Feloniously Killed; Officers Accidentally Killed; Officers Assaulted; and Federal...

Little Dog, Big Teeth: How Proximity to Large Law Enforcement Agencies Affects the Preparedness of Smaller Agencies

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service released in 2012 and re-released this month a report titled: “Homeland Security in Small Law Enforcement Jurisdictions: Preparedness, Efficacy, and Proximity to Big-City Peers“. The study detailed in this report sought to address whether small municipal law enforcement agencies (employing 25 or fewer full-time sworn officers)...

Final Benghazi Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

On the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, two U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked by Islamic militants. As a result of these attacks that took place on September 11-12, 2012, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith,...

Obama’s Immigration Plan: Deport Felons, not Families – Criminals, not Children

On November 20, 2014, President Obama stood before the Nation and spoke about the present and future plans regarding immigration (view video here). In his speech, President Obama announced how America’s borders will advance with, “[…] additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow...