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Law Enforcement and Security Officers' Guide to Responding to Bomb Threats: Providing a Working Knowledge of Bombs, Preparing for Such Incidents, and Performing Basic Analysis of Potential Threats, Second Edition

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Jim Smith
Date Published
192 pages
This expanded edition of a Law Enforcement and Security Officers' Guide to Responding to Bomb Threats provides law enforcement and security officers with a working knowledge of bombs and the critical steps to be taken in responding to such incidents.
Law enforcement, public safety, and security professionals must plan for and respond to incidents involving bomb threats, chemical-biological threats, and suspicious objects. Officers must take the proper steps as the first responder. This text discusses the basic techniques for risk assessment, target, and hazard identification. The common methods of bomb delivery, bomb construction, and methods of triggering are discussed. Letter bombs, vehicle bombs, and high-risk facilities, such as aircraft, airports, medical facilities, and the schools are examined. The vulnerabilities and probable methods of attack are discussed. A section is included with protocols for emergency medical service personnel injured from a bombing. Countermeasures and defensive efforts are addressed in detail. Resources needed to be identified along with a model bomb threat plan are included. Lastly, the initial actions to be taken following an explosion and how to protect evidence are addressed. The intent of this text is for the reader to be able to use the information as a general guide and develop local protocols to meet these incidents. It is useful to those in security and law enforcement in identifying suspect items and taking appropriate action until the bomb squad's arrival. Appendix, glossary, and index