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Military and Law Enforcement Together

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 50 Issue: 2 Dated: February 2002 Pages: 409-411
Frank Borelli
Date Published
3 pages
This article discusses the issues and concerns in a new joint operations concept between military and law enforcement as the demands of Homeland Security increase to provide a total level of security to the United States.
Responding to the United States Homeland Security, both law enforcement and military organizations have come together to join operations. However, before joint operations can occur effectively, several issues need to be reviewed and addressed. The National Guard who are typically activated to offer additional domestic security forces are now receiving extra training above the previous 2 days per month and 2 weeks during the summer in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attack. The National Guard is State-based military units and has been ready to aid local police agencies. Today, they will be actively engaged in the country’s domestic security. There is concern with a joint effort between the military and police in that it will lead to a police state and a violation of Constitutional law. However, it is well known that law enforcement agencies do not have the capabilities or resources to provide the level of security now expected in the United States. To achieve an effective joint operation, military personnel and law enforcement officers will have to train and work together and have an understanding of their duties in both emergency and non-emergency situations. It is understood that a joint operation between law enforcement and the military is not a total answer.