Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Not on my watch: A qualitative study of the role of local law enforcement in terrorism prevention
by Dutcher, Suzanne T., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 142; 3481930
Abstract (Summary)

A decade after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there continues to be a lack of relevant, validated, and easy to use metrics with which to measure local law enforcement's terrorism prevention efforts. Measuring progress in this area is essential, primarily to ensure that everything possible is being done to prevent future attacks, but also to ensure the proper stewardship of public funds. This qualitative, single case study utilized complexity theory and the Guidelines for Homeland Security (Office of Domestic Preparedness, 2003) as frameworks for examining the perceptions of local law enforcement officers regarding their and their agency's roles in terrorism prevention. Collected data supported the use of the Guidelines as a framework for measuring terrorism prevention. Officers perceived each of the five of the categories identified in the Guidelines , collaboration, information sharing, threat recognition, risk management, and intervention, as important to terrorism prevention. Only limited support was found for the use of complexity theory as a framework; however, it is possible that not enough time has passed for complex organizational and cultural changes to have taken place.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Monell, Jack
Commitee: Green, Jeffrey, James, Susan
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration, Criminology, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Complexity theory, Law enforcement, Organization theory, Police, Qualitative, Terrorism
Publication Number: 3481930
ISBN: 978-1-267-01938-7
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