This module can be studied on a standalone basis or as part of the Certificate in Terrorism Studies
The police role in the management of terrorism in modern democracies is critical. By exploring counter terrorism initiatives in various countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and across Europe, this module examines in detail the role of police and other agencies involved in the efforts to prevent terrorism and manage terrorist attack incidents. It also examines the role of the police during pre-emptive operations and major terrorist incidents with the help of case studies.
Key themes in this module include:
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The events of September 11 2001 (9/11), when Al Qaeda operatives successfully hijacked four American airliners and crashed them into US targets, prompted a radical review of the way terrorism and counter terrorism are viewed today in countries who felt themselves vulnerable. This high profile attack graphically demonstrated that terrorism is a concern for every country, and highlighted the capacity of terrorist networks to identify, and exploit, security weaknesses. The increasing threat of such attacks called for a change in the way terrorism was countered and for a reappraisal of multi-agency response mechanisms at an intranational and international level.
The Police and Terrorism - The police, as much as the intelligence agencies, have an important role to play in countering terrorism. They are the immediate, and visible, interface with the public, the first responders to, and investigators of, critical and major incidents and a critical part of the collective intelligence effort. They also have a vital role to play in combating radicalisation and fostering community cohesion at times of significant public tension.
The module is designed to be studied over four weeks:
Week 1 - Introduction to the concept of organised policing in counter terrorism. Get an overview of government measures currently employed in countries with non-centralised policing arrangements such as the US, Australia and Europe.
Week 2 - Understand current approaches to countering terrorism based on a case study of the UK model and further studies of counter terrorism strategies of various European and non-European countries.
Week 3 - Be aware of the importance of intelligence and intelligence gathering. Gain an understanding of the role of the media, and of community policing. Get an overview of the role of the military in countering serious terrorist incidents.
Week 4 - Learn about the role (and limitations) of technology in countering terrorism. Get an overview of recent developments in countering terrorism, as well as new trends of terrorism.
Study modules individually or as part of the Certificate in Terrorism Studies.
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