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Local Response to Terrorism

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the need to plan for the possibility of a terrorist event on the local level. A terrorist event could take place that restricts or retards the state and federal government’s response to a local community. The course will give the student the tools needed to prepare a local agency for immediate response to an event in his or her community. The course will give an introduction to the National Incident Management System and will provide the student with the information necessary to ensure local government compliance with federal law.

Research Paper

Students will write a research paper based on one of the topics below. The paper should include an overview of the subject and major relevant points relative to economic, social and/or legal implications or impacts. Moreover, the paper should incorporate the role of the Saint Leo University core value of Community as it relates to local response to terrorism (e.g., mutual aid agreements, regionalization approaches, multi-jurisdictional training or exercises, cross-discipline training or exercises, interoperable communications, etc).
 Regionalization planning, preparation, and response approach
 Mutual aid agreements
 Interoperable communications
 Any aspect of the Incident Command System
 Aspects of NIMS training
 Operational planning at the local level for potential terrorist threats
 Local police response to terrorism
 Preparing for incidents of terrorism at the local Level
 Developing emergency response plans that include local law enforcement
 Testing emergency response plans that include local law enforcement
 Local law enforcement involvement in Joint Terrorism Task Forces
 Legal tools available at the local level to exploit terrorist activities


The paper has a required minimum length of 2500 words and must conform to APA style and formatting.
This includes a running head, page numbers, cover page, abstract, introduction, body, summary of findings, conclusion, in-text citations, and reference page. Non-APA formatted papers will receive an automatic 25 point reduction.

A minimum of five references are required, with no more than two from Internet sources. Additional grading criteria will include clarity of presentation, quality of content, mastery of content, care and attention to detail, organization, originality of presentation, and the value and interest of the presentation, as well as proper grammar and punctuation. A grading rubric is available in the course Doc Sharing section.
The assignment must be your original work. You are required to use no more than 15% of others quoted work when completing any assignments within this course of study. Your research paper must therefore be 85% original. No previously submitted papers, articles, reports or project, in whole or in part, to any university or college will be accepted

Core Value Community

Community: Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change and to serve.


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