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Law Enforcement Strategies: Intelligence Gathering

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Read Chapters 3, 5 and 6 in Defending the Homeland.
White, Jonathan R. (2004) Defending the homeland: Domestic intelligence, law enforcement, and security. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Review the Department of Homeland Security Web site at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/;
specifically, the Strategic Plan?Securing Our Homeland section, at
http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/strategicplan/. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download and review the Adobe Acrobat file.

Do you think police should be used to gather intelligence? Why or why not? If required to work more closely, do you think state and local law enforcement agencies would cooperate effectively?

Argue your perspective, explaining why your opinion is valid. Support your argument with case examples or statistics.

Thank You.

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Dear Student,
You can expand the arguments below by focusing on investigative procedures that are used by the police focused on local communities.

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Intelligence Gathering & the Police

Local law enforcement is more attuned to the beat in their areas of responsibility. Cops who rise up to detective status from street beat are trained in hands-on full policing and their varied & long term experience handling policing matters from facing dangerous criminals to confronting domestic matters make them invaluable to any investigative endeavour, especially in gathering key local information, say on a terror plot in their area of responsibility. There are procedures & due process involved when cops take on intelligence gathering and to say that they are ill-equipped at coming up with useful data disregards their experience, capacity & training. I think that law enforcement ...

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The solution is a concise answer the the question of whether or not it is essential or right to use local police to gather inteligence specifically intelligence for issues that deal with National Security. It discusses the roles played by Local, State & Federal officers in providing security for local communities & the nation as a whole by giving a case-in-point example for discussion. Information in the solution can be expanded using the references provided with the solution. A word version is attached for easy printing.

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