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Terrorists would generally prefer to attack critical targets, several of which
exist in nearly any city or county. You, as a lieutenant in your local police
agency, have been assigned to your county-wide fusion center. The captain who
oversees the unit informs you that your first task is to help identify all
critical targets in your city or county. Using your city or county as the area
you are reporting on, answer these questions:
- What structures in your county or city do you feel
should be listed as critical targets? Why? What makes them a target?
- Might local politics come into play when developing
this list, especially if someone’s business is (or is not) included? If
so, how will you deal with it?
- What should your fusion center do once your list is
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then individuals response
The biggest factors of terroristic threat are the John Martin Reservoir,
Highway 287, 385, 50, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
system. The secondary factors that could be damaged by terrorists are the
pipelines, feedlots, and the electrical stations.
The first three lists including the dam, highways, and railways would be a
target because they are a crucial part of commerce as well as the potential to
cause extreme problems, loss of life, and inconvenience with very little
effort. The secondary factors would interrupt commerce, but also
interrupt food sources and factory production.
Local politics has come into play during times, like the July 4, 2015
holiday, when the terroristic threat level was high. This increased
threat level can decrease the access of citizens to these facilities.
This is mostly based on an entertainment level, but inconvenience is not
tolerated well by the local resident. The local politics should be
protecting the agriculture industry as it is the predominant source of income
for this area. If protection of these assets should interrupt the
agriculture’s access or ability to produce, then there would be a big
issue. Alternate access would have to be made to these resources as it
would limit their production. Education and information regarding the
problem would assist most with dealing with the limited access. The
responsible agency could join the local Joint Terrorism Task Force which is a
fusion center (Peak, 2012). The fusion center can advise of local
threats and the assessed risk of a terroristic activity. The fusion
center can also relay developed information to the appropriate agency.
The best analysis should be completed so as to provide the best links to any
national resource or target. This would best be completed by shipping the
information to the FBI for expert analysis (Peak, 2012).
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