Terrorism is a major issue in America and has a phenomenal impact on people of all walks of life, because terrorism affects everyone directly or indirectly in some form or fashion. Since the infamous 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States there have been many changes in regard to the way law enforcement agencies interpret and implement their mission. A perilous balance exists between police actions and the approaches needed to ensure the safety of all Americans against terrorism and personal liberties. These agencies now have a heighten sensitivity to terrorism and its threat and the balance is affected by police ethics and individual conscious.
The date September 11, 2001 will always be one a memorable event for citizens of the United States. Law Enforcement agencies were not prepared to handle such an intense emergency. Each agency has separate forms of communication and do have a universal system to communicate with one another. Many systems were old-fashioned during the attack and cost the lives of many Americans.
During the attack, many of the emergency systems were outdated and officers had not been alerted or updated on the status of the emergency. The firefighters at the Pentagon were not warned to evacuate because the systems were not loud enough and did not work well enough. The result of outdated equipment was the loss of many heroes. Miscommunication was another reason many lives were lost on September 11.
Each agency has their individual system of communication. Agencies unfortunately do not have coinciding communication systems. During the tragedy of 9/11, the police officers could not communicate with the sheriffs and both agencies could not communicate with the firefighters. The error of acquiring no corresponding communication also led to the death of thousands of civilians (Washington Post, 2012).
September 11th, may or may not have been such a terrible tragedy had a policy been in effect for coinciding communication. An emergency...