There are a lot of problems in today’s police departments. Starting with the closings of many police stations, which are being replaced with mini sub-stations. These sub stations are supposed to be helping the police with rough neighborhoods by placing them right in the center of them. It is not helping much at all. Crime is everywhere and there are not enough police to go around. Police departments are taking cuts in budgets and even laying officer’s off or sending them off to different departments because their budgets are not big enough to pay their salaries.
Officers are being spread so thin because their jurisdictions have been stretched so far that they are becoming irritable, and in some cases they just give up. It does not help when the different departments do not communicate with each other. “Information sharing between federal, state, and local agencies is a key element of the U. S. government’s homeland security strategy. ” (Hamilton Bean, Volume V, No. 2, 2009. ) After 9/11 happened federal officials posted a 9/11 threat environment which requires a “trusted partnership,” between local, state, and federal agencies.
This would help with information sharing effective to ensure national security. This is very important to help secure our country, and it would also help with solving murders, kidnappings, etc. Some believe that this is not what is happening. The different agencies argue and fight over jurisdictions. Local and state agencies do not like to call in the federal agencies because they seem to believe that they are being pushed to the back of the line. They despise having to call them in on a case because of this.
They will try everything in their power to keep the case local, and will only call them in when they have reached the last of their resources. The only way to get these agencies to work together is by showing and giving respect, and not trying to take over, but to include all of the agencies that are involved. Stepping on toes, and pushing others a side only brings distrust and hatred. There is so much that is already wrong with all of our law enforcement agencies, and having these private inside wars between them does not help with sorting out any of the issues. The interaction between the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the local, state and federal agencies seems to be almost nil to none. William V. Pelfey explained how information sharing ideally leads to improved awareness and preparedness: “If … information sharing [is] effective, threats, risks, and vulnerabilities can be effectively identified, targets can be appropriately hardened, and suspects identified while an event is still in its inchoate stage. ” (William F. Pelfrey, 2005. ) Feeling safe in our homes, towns, cities, states, and country is very important.
There are so many people who are scared that they will say the wrong thing because they could be arrested for terrorism, or even worse they could be ignored, and then something horrible happens, another attack from inside our country. It seems like everyone wants to be the hero. This officer wants to be the one who brought down the said terrorist, so he does not tell the right officials and then besides himself being killed, hundreds if not thousands of other lives have been destroyed.
This of course is just a hypothetical situation, but it could happen, and it is because there is no real open communication between any of the agencies. Communication, trust, and openess is the way for these agencies to come together and work together, so that our home, our country can and will always be safe. If they cannot learn to come together and work together by sharing important information, then we might as well kiss our lives, and the lives of our friends and families goodbye forever.
There is nothing that we, (the private citizens,) can do but to be open and voice our opinions on the matter. We need to let our voices be heard, and maybe one day someone will hear our pleas and take our suggestions into consideration, and open the waves of communications between these agencies, and something will be done. The only way that our country will ever be saved is by communication. REFERENCES http://www. hsaj. org/? fullarticle=5. 2. 5 William V. Pelfrey, “The Cycle of Preparedness: Establishing a Framework to Prepare for Terrorist Threats,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 2, no. 1 (2005): 9, http://www. bepress. com/jhsem/vol2/iss1/5.