<b><i>Police Chiefs: Homeland Security Strategy Fundamentally Flawed</b></i>

CONTACT: Wendy Balazik, 703-836-6767, x264 POLICE CHIEFS: HOMELAND SECURITY STRATEGY FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED IACP Urges Focus On Prevention Alexandria, VA: The nation’s current homeland security strategy, by failing to sufficiently incorporate the advice, expertise or consent of state, tribal and local public safety organizations, is fundamentally flawed, according to a new report released today by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The report, titled From Hometown Security to Homeland Security: IACP’s Principles For A Locally Designed and Nationally Coordinated Homeland Security Strategy, identifies five principles that are key to developing a successful homeland security strategy and protecting our communities. “While terrorist acts have national and even international repercussions, these crimes are inherently local and require a swift response from state and local law enforcement agencies,” said Joseph Estey, Chief of the Hartford, VT Police Department and President of IACP. “Any national homeland security strategy must be designed around a broad-based, locally designed and nationally coordinated framework that allows public safety agencies to adapt to the unique needs of their communities.” From Hometown Security to Homeland Security highlights the following principles: Homeland security proposals must be developed in a local context, acknowledging that local, not federal, authorities have the primary responsibility for preventing, responding and recovering from terrorist attacks; Prevention, not just response and recovery, must be paramount in any national, state or local security strategy. For too long, federal strategies have minimized the importance of prevention, instead focusing on response and recovery; Because of their daily efforts to combat crime and violence in their communities, state and local law enforcement officers are uniquely situated to identify, investigate and apprehend suspected terrorists; Homeland security strategies must be coordinated nationally, not federally; A truly successful national strategy must recognize, embrace and value the vast diversity among state, tribal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies. A “one size fits all” approach will fail to secure our homeland. To read, From Hometown Security to Homeland Security: IACP’s Principles For A Locally Designed and Nationally Coordinated Homeland Security Strategy, please visit: From Hometown Security to Homeland Security Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 20,000 members in 100 countries.

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