Terrorism and Policing
By Jonathan Matos
CJ340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
Prof: Ruth Ronan
July 11, 2013
I think that when something horribly wrong happens to you or someone close to you or in this case our wonderful country that you learn from these acts of violence against innocent people. It drives you to do better and come up with new strategies and techniques to make our country safer and less vulnerable to attacks. Sometimes you have to go through something as horrible as 9/11 to really see where your faults or weaknesses are. I think that terrorism has impacted the police mission in the U.S. because now they are more aware of terrorism. Not to say that they weren’t before but I bet it was something that was talked about but never thought it would actually happen. I know that the government has been practicing drill for these kinds of attacks as reported on 9/11 that they were actually on a drill while it was happening. I don’t see why the government didn’t involve the local police departments in these drills so that they are on the same page when something actually happens. From watching all the coverage of 9/11 it seemed like the first responders were unprepared and scared. You gain confidence in whatever you do by going over it over and over again. Training gives you everything you need to complete the mission and to not freeze up when shit hits the fan.
Now that this has happened they are better prepared to handle this kind of situation at this magnitude. Hopefully they have learned from this experience and take their training more seriously. There is no point in going about all this training if they aren’t taking it seriously. As it states in the text “Many police chiefs, mayors, and city managers have criticized the FBI for being too secretive about its counterterrorism investigations.” (Character and Cops Ethics in Policing, Sixth Edition, Edwin J....