Community Partnerships Thwart Terrorism

Preventing Ideological Violence, P. Daniel Silk et al., eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 135-2013

Posted: 26 Apr 2013

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Deborah A. Ramirez

Northeastern University - School of Law

Tara Lai Quinlan

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative, Northeastern University School of Law

Taylor Shutt

Independent

Sean Malloy

Independent

Abstract

With homegrown terrorism an issue of growing concern to the national security community, creating and fortifying bona fide partnerships between law enforcement agencies and American and British Muslim communities has proven successful in preventing terrorist incidents from occurring domestically. This book chapter focuses on the growth of the community policing model and how its success depends on law enforcement infrastructure, as well as law enforcement connections with Muslim communities.

This chapter sets forth a proactive approach to terrorism rather than a reactive one by supporting a contemporary community policing model based on community partnership and problem solving. The chapter provides numerous case studies demonstrating how the linguistic, cultural and analytical skills of the Muslim community played essential roles in working with law enforcement to fight terrorism in the United States and abroad. Examples of missed opportunities from tips within Muslim communities further demonstrate how imperative a community policing model is to preventing terrorism. Finally, the work provides steps to improving community policing in counterterrorism. The first step is requiring law enforcement to establish an infrastructure to work with communities in the long term to address all issues that affect them. The second step is to provide mutual education in training both the community and law enforcement on how to look for signs of odd behavior possibly related to terrorism. And lastly, law enforcement must establish clear lines of communication with the community and protocols for responding to valuable community tips.

Suggested Citation

Ramirez, Deborah A. and Quinlan, Tara Lai and Shutt, Taylor and Malloy, Sean, Community Partnerships Thwart Terrorism. Preventing Ideological Violence, P. Daniel Silk et al., eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 135-2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255165

Deborah A. Ramirez (Contact Author)

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Tara Lai Quinlan

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
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Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative, Northeastern University School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Taylor Shutt

Independent ( email )

Sean Malloy

Independent ( email )

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