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Terrorism and Public Safety Policing

Implications for the Obama Presidency, 1st Edition

By James F. Pastor

CRC Press

480 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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The trends, data, and battle-tested logic don't lie. A perfect storm of extremist ideologies is on the horizon that threatens to challenge the current state of public safety—forcing police chiefs, public administrators, and security professionals to rethink their approach to policing the streets of America. Professor James Pastor, a recognized authority on policing and security, draws on three decades of experience fighting on the front lines against domestic terrorism to identify key indicators that point to an increase in extremist violence and terrorist threats here at home.

Merging public policy analysis with an understanding of human nature, Terrorism and Public Safety Policing: Implications for the Obama Presidency provides a unique and thorough examination of the current state of policing and reviews recent events to identify troublesome trends and potential vulnerabilities that must be addressed. This forward-looking guide introduces a new model of policing—Public Safety Policing—that accounts for the changes already underway and offers an organized and proactive response to the new breed of problems on the horizon.

Complete with supporting statistics, graphics, and photos, this book provides a realistic look into the future of law enforcement, public safety, and private security. By providing a narrative of the important decisions that need to be made, the author guides policymakers, police administrators, and security professionals with the vision needed to anticipate predicaments on the horizon.


Security professionals would do well to read and heed the message Pastor is sending. The future of security depends on how well it is integrated into public policy. Public-safety policing will be an increasingly major part of that integration.

—James T. Roberts, Jr., CPR, CFE, M.Ed., in Security Management, August 2010

Table of Contents


About the Author



Obama Election and Attendant Circumstances

Premises of the Book

Terrorism and Extremism Premises

Impact on Policing and Public Safety Providers

Elements of Public Safety Policing

Terrorism: Concepts, Influences, Structures, and Radicalization

Definitions and Concepts

Influence of the Media

Organizational Structures and Techniques

Radicalization Process and Factors

Extremist Groups, Ideologies, and Applications

Single-Interest Groups


Animal Rights

Radical Environmentalists

Left Wing (Marxism)




Right-Wing (Fascism)

Antigovernment Groups

Racist/Hate Groups


Nationalist/Racial Groups

New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

Aryan Brotherhood

Application of the Triggers


Military Weaponry and Tactical Operations

Current Data and Circumstances

Security and Safety versus Freedom and Rights

Police Weaponry and Tactics

Implications of Terroristic Violence

Intelligence Methods and Surveillance Technologies

Current Issues and Circumstances

Attributes of Intelligence-Led Policing

Surveillance Technologies

Order Maintenance Provisions

Theoretical and Historical Perspectivs

Contemporary Circumstances

The "Who" of Order Maintenance

The "What" of Order Maintenance

The "Where" of Order Maintenance

The "Why" of Order Maintenance

The "How" of Order Maintenance

Public Safety Policing—Model Synergy

Discerning What Does Not Exist

"Model" Synergy

New York City

Los Angeles and Northern California


Public–Private Policing Arrangements

Critical Infrastructures

"Soft Targets"


Internal and External Alliances—The Holy War

Incidents and Implications

Terrorism Alliances and Incidents

Theaters in the Holy War

"Holy War" versus "Cold War"

Tipping Points—Public Policy "Triggers"


The Economy

Energy and the Environment


Police Shootings

Race, Religion, and Politics

Law and the Political System

Constitution and Sharia Law


Recommendations and Implications

Order Maintenance

Private Policing

A. Constitutional Protections

B. Arrest Powers

C. Licensing Standards

D. Accountability Standards

Search and Seizure

Intelligence Methods

Investigations and Interrogations

Use of Force: Model and Training

Security versus Rights


Web Site Sources

Emergency Response/Management




Racial Relations/Incidents


Security/Private Police




Each chapter concludes with an "endnotes" section

About the Author

Dr. Pastor is a nationally recognized authority on policing and security. He is an Associate Professor of Public Safety at Calumet College of St. Joseph, and president of SecureLaw Ltd., a Chicago based public safety and security consulting firm. Dr. Pastor also is an adjunct instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy where he teaches security technology to police officials throughout the world. He formerly taught legal issues at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, and legal & ethical issues in security management in the graduate program at Webster University.

Dr. Pastor consults, writes and speaks on a variety of public safety and security issues. He also serves as an expert witness in police, public safety, premises liability and security matters. Previously, he practiced law for fifteen years, serving as legal counsel for two police unions and five security firms, including acting as Legal Counsel/Operational Auditor for SecurityLink. Dr. Pastor started his career with the Chicago Police Department serving as a tactical police officer in the Gang Crime Enforcement unit, and later as an Assistant Department Advocate dealing with police misconduct allegations including hundreds of use of force cases.

Dr. Pastor holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, and a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has authored several articles on security, policing and public safety, and has previously published two books entitled Security Law & Methods (Elsevier, 2006), and The Privatization of Police in America: An Analysis & Case Study (McFarland & Co, 2003).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration