Local police officers are best placed within the very communities they have a duty to protect, to engage and foster relationships with residents, business owners and leaders in communities. Who better than local police to recognise anomalies and irregular changes in the streets in which they patrol? Not only are local law enforcement officers perceived as those who initially respond to terrorist threats or acts, but they are also in the right place to potentially prevent terrorism. Based on mathematics alone local law enforcement officers in Australia are more likely than members of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) to cross paths with terrorists (Kelling & Bratton, 2006, para. 2 & 7). It is vitally important for law enforcement officers to remember that all terrorist attacks are local and it is the local conditions that inform officers how to best respond in the event of an attack. (Clarke & Newman, 2007, brief …show more content…
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