Federal-Local coordination in homeland security

Edward R. Maguire, William R. King

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Any legislative change which would render … local and state law enforcement subservient to federal jurisdiction, would, in my opinion, be disastrous. – J. Edgar Hoover 1954 [A]gencies at different levels of government will, as a generality, have different organizational cultures that are not ideally suited to the development of effective countermeasures against the crime and related problems each agency targets. – William Geller and Norval Morris 1992 INTRODUCTION Lack of coordination and cooperation between law enforcement officials at all levels of government has received prominent attention since the terrorist attacks on United States soil on September 11, 2001. The contentious relationship between the FBI and local police is depicted regularly in television and film; it is one of the stock Hollywood clichés in police and crime dramas. Local police have complained for many years about being patronized, alienated, upstaged, or simply ignored by FBI agents (Geller and Morris 1992). Whereas the relationship between the FBI and state and local police is the most obvious and visible issue in federal-local coordination for homeland security, the more general concern is how the federal government’s entire alphabet soup of agencies can work cooperatively with local governments to secure the homeland. Concerns about terrorism have brought these issues to the forefront, with news reports, professional associations, think tanks, and government commissions all coming to similar conclusions: The linkages between federal and local agencies need significant improvement if we are to prevent terrorist incidents on American soil and enhance homeland security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCriminologists on Terrorism and Homeland Security
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9780511976384
ISBN (Print)9780521899451
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Social Sciences


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