Over the past several years, DHS and its partners have evolved and strengthened the homeland security enterprise in order to better defend against evolving terrorist threats. This enterprise extends far beyond DHS and the many departments and agencies that contribute to the homeland security mission. A key part includes working directly with law enforcement, state and local leaders, community-based organizations, private sector, and international partners.
DHS has focused on getting resources and information out of Washington, D.C., and into the hands of state and local law enforcement, to provide them with the tools to identify and combat threats in their communities. Because state and local law enforcement are often in the best position to notice the first signs of a planned attack, homeland security efforts must be integrated into the police work that they do every day, providing officers on the front lines with a clear understanding of the tactics, behaviors, and other indicators that could point to terrorist activity.
Local law enforcement agencies are requesting more operational assistance and support from state police today than before Sept. 11, particularly training, technical assistance, forensic science, specialized services, and help with computer crimes. State agencies have provided additional training and technical assistance to local agencies.
Is a collaboration between all agencies successful? What improvements do you feel should be made to make the relationship better?