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One aspect of combating terrorism that is often discussed but seldom examined in detail concerns the overlap of intelligence and law enforcement and the role of state and local law enforcement agencies as the ultimate “eyes and ears” in the war on terrorism. This report helps fill that gap by examining how state and local law enforcement agencies conducted and supported counterterrorism intelligence activities after 9/11. It analyzes data from a 2002 survey of law enforcement preparedness in the context of intelligence and reports the results of case studies showing how eight local law enforcement agencies handle intelligence operations. Finally, it suggests ways that the job of gathering and analyzing intelligence might best be shared among federal, state, and local agencies.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    The Response of Law Enforcement to 9/11: Survey Results

  • Chapter Three

    Organizing for Intelligence: Case Studies of Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Chapter Four

    Oversight and Its Implications

  • Chapter Five

    Policy Implications

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