Heather wrote week 5 discussion 2
The six main officer’s
vulnerability issues in dealing with Homeland Security confronting terrorist
1. Traffic stops- officers have a
lack of knowledge when they stop a motorist. They do not know who is behind
the wheel when making these stops.
2. Resident visit- Police officers
are on the extremist turf. This puts them at a disadvantage.
Extremist are armed and may view the officers as a threat.
3. Rallies/marches- police are at
risk from protesters throwing rocks, sticks and other projectiles.
Demonstrators also think that physical violence is the best way to handle the
4. Confrontations/standoffs- any
incident can arise.
5. Revenge/retaliation- “a
terrorist may be motivated by personal benefit or revenge, such as one who
attempts to blow up an Internal Revenue Service office because he was audit” (Peak,
Gaines, & Glensor, 2012).
6. Incident responses- there
are many forms that can range from activities of terrorist and acts of
The initial steps when responding
to a terrorist or major event is:
If first on scene: is to establish
control of the scene, command and the incoming units.
If the command is already
established: then the officers will respond to the command post, make sure
the scene is safe, gather witness statements, control traffic, notify other
agencies, and preserve the scene etc.
COPPs can assist in these
situations by “training of first responders in this area reduces the
information gap between police and other services” (Peak, Gaines, &
Glensor, 2012). This needs to be embraced by all of the agencies
management for it to work.
Since COPPs bridges the gap
between the police and the community. It will bring them together to
find solutions that will solve the communities trust and concerns. It
will also help the police get to know the area where the activity is and they
will gain the necessary knowledge of the area that they patrol.
Peak, K., Gaines, L. &
Glensor, R. (2010). Police
supervision and management in an era of community policing (3rd ed.) Upper saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.