In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the role of the local police has undergone a continual expansion process that has become a vital component in safeguarding our national security. Despite numerous technological advancements in intelligence operations, the local police remains the only 24/7 emergency operations entity that is capable of gathering intelligence, investigating, mobilizing operations, and apprehending threats to our nation. With this expanded role in national security, police leadership and management is faced with increased levels of accountability, including the safeguarding of critical infrastructure in their respective jurisdictions, often without financial commitments and resources acquisitions. This qualitative study served to address the local police as a component of national security through five police chiefs’/directors’ perceptions of their roles in safeguarding critical infrastructure, examining their perceptions as they pertain to their current delivery mission model, through interviews and the development of pervasive themes. Themes from the data were well-saturated, as well as overarching, and emerged as follows: (a) critical infrastructure (CI) identification, (b) policy and patrol practice, (c) police officer knowledge, (d) technology impacts on critical infrastructure, and (e) budget. Identification regarding the relationships between local police and civil/national security, leadership/management and policy were made that suggest changes and sweeping support for future frameworks. The paper concludes with a discussion of the research, along with recommendations for policy, practice and future research.
|Advisor:||Collins, John W., @Jr.|
|Commitee:||Krantz, Michael S., Soo Hoo, Tsung Y. (Bill)|
|School:||New Jersey City University|
|Department:||Professional Security Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Management, Public administration, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Critical infrastructure, Intelligence gathering, Law enforcement, Local police, National security, New Jersey|
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