Terrorism Seminar Explores Local Policing Issues

Posted: July 17, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

In the aftermath of the tragedies of Sept. 11, nearly 20,000 police departments nationwide are scrambling to figure out how to prepare for and cope with another horrific terrorist attack. Edward Maguire, associate professor in the Administration of Justice program, hopes to spark intellectual debates on these controversial issues in his Terrorism and Local Policing seminar that meets this week.

“The course was specifically developed to explore what police are and should be doing to prepare for future acts of terrorism,” Maguire says. “We have a growing concentration of expertise in policing in the Administration of Justice program, and this course is a good forum to share that expertise to stimulate discussion and help students understand contentious concepts.”

Noting that the last hard data available on police departments’ responses to terrorism was published in 1992, Maguire has created a web site to serve as a reading list for his students. The site includes links to recent articles, research activities, and other sites related to terrorism and policing. In addition, Capt. M.J. Farr from the Arlington County Police Department will give a two-hour presentation on his department’s response to the attack on the Pentagon.

“I hope to have students from different professions and ideologies discussing topics such as whether or not the military should work with local police departments, which is regulated under federal law, during an attack,” says Maguire. “Hopefully, they will gain insight into the precious balance between liberty and security.”

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