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One of the major things that management can do is increase traffic control. From the Department of Motor Vehicles, which screens people before issuing identification, to officers in routine traffic stops and roadblocks that look for suspected terrorist activity, management can change policies in a manner aimed at increasing detection. (Riebling, p.8). The more routine contact that the police have with members of society; the more likely they are to uncover possible terrorist activity.

Finally, the community at large faces new challenges in the wake of 9-11. Americans have a tremendous amount of civil rights, which generally exceed those that have received constitutional protection. Prior to 9-11, the majority of community members who avoided criminal activity would be able to avoid interactions with the police. However, now that law enforcement has had to broaden its emphasis and take a closer look at the community, the average citizen can anticipate greater interactions with law enforcement. In fact, any community member who travels via airplane has already been exposed to greater law enforcement activity.
However, such activity is not limited to airports. On the contrary, cities are installing surveillance cameras and otherwise monitoring public behavior in an unforeseen manner. Furthermore, community members must be aware of the possible risk faced. For example, police suspect that terrorists may have access to limited weapons of mass destruction, like biological weapons that could be distributed into the air, food, or water supply. (Connors and Pellegrini, p. 18). Therefore, citizens need to be vigilant about reporting suspicious behavior. One particular group of citizens that needs to be aware of potential terrorist activity is health workers, who may be able to identify potential terrorists because of suspicious activities, and would probably be on the frontline of identifying any actual biochemical attack.

Works Cited

Connors, Timothy and Georgia Pellegrini, Ed. Hard Won Lessons: Policing Terrorism in the United States. New York City: Manhattan Institute, 2006.

Riebling, Mark, Ed. Hard Won Lessons: The New Paradigm- Merging Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Strategies. New York City:….....

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