P1 First Person: The patrol officer and counterterrorism

The last line of defense, the first line of detection...where one stop can make a difference


By Charles Allen
PoliceOne Member

There are regular news reports about the Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarting another terrorist plot inside the United States. It might seem the FBI is the only agency having any success with recognizing, investigating and arresting potential terrorists. However, and those of us from state and local law enforcement agencies have known this for a long time, a surprising number of those investigations started with information provided by a local law enforcement agency.

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