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Homeland Security and Policing

Write a response to the following prompt:
  • What are the six main officer vulnerability issues when dealing with homeland security/confronting terrorists? Why are these issues a problem in terms of safety of the officer?
  • List the initial steps that should be taken when responding to a terrorist or major event and how can COPPS assist in these situations either before, during, or after the event?
Yolanda wrote : The six main officer’s vulnerability issues when dealing with homeland security/confronting terrorists according to Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, is “traffic stop, resident visits, rallies/marches, confrontation/standoff, revenge and retaliation and incidents responses. (Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, 2010).

These issues are a problem of terms of safety of the officer, because I believe officers need to know when and how to provide safety in terms of a terrorist attack. Terrorist attacks do not happen that often in the United States and when they do happen some officers are unprepared on how to handle these types of situations. According to Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, “police departments must ensure that these threats are incorporated into training. Officers must also understand and be able to respond to these threats, especially in the terms of officers safety” (Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, 2010).

The initial steps that should be taken when responding to a terrorist or major event is to “isolate/secure the scene, established control zone and command, stage in coming units. If command has been established report to command post, evaluate scene safety/security, gather witness statements and documents, institute notifications, request additional resources, secure the outer perimeter, control traffic, use self-protective measure, initiate public safety, assist with control, preserve evidence, and participate in a unified command system” (Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, 2010).

COPPS can assist with the situation of terrorist attacks by interacting with homeland security and helping the community to gain trust with the law enforcement officers. COPPS can also help law enforcement officers to be familiar with other communities that have already been attacked.


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

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