Abstract

Although there are a myriad of federal U.S. law enforcement agencies that are assigned to and partner with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), no law enforcement agency is exclusively dedicated to the task of fighting terrorism. Compelling data and sentiments of professionals and experts in the field of antiterrorism, who were interviewed in 2011, support the establishment of a law enforcement agency or unit that is exclusively dedicated to antiterrorism.  Law enforcement’s role in the detection, apprehension, and adjudication of suspected terrorists may require more concentration.


 


*Author Note: The reported research was conducted as part of the primary author’s doctoral dissertation. The dissertation “Exploring the Concept of Dedicating a Law Enforcement Agency Exclusively to Antiterrorism” is available elsewhere.