Evolution of Homeland Security
world changed after September 11, 2001 with the terrorist attacks on
both the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in
Arlington, Virginia. The concept of "homeland security" presents unique
challenges to law enforcement.
Emergency Response & Planning
Some communities and law enforcement agencies face a significantly
greater terrorist threat than others do. Moreover, while most
communities may not have a terrorist act, it may have terrorists living
or working in it. It is incumbent that law enforcement agencies
establish a level of planning and actions that address a proactive
response to terrorism.
City of Rolling Meadows Emergency Operations Plan
The Rolling Meadows Police Department has done much to improve prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation capabilities and coordination within the City. A comprehensive approach to incident management, applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines, has been created through the City of Rolling Meadows Emergency Operations Plan. The Police Department is responsible for reviewing applicable portions of the EOP that deal with police operations and terrorism. Terrorist risk assessments are on going throughout the City based upon events occurring throughout the world.
Private Business Training
Training has been offered to private businesses covering the topics of crime prevention through:
Environmental design (target hardening)
First Responder Training
Major improvements include the implementation of escape respirators and hazardous materials suits. All department first responders have been fitted for and issued escape respirators. Police officers will often be the first to arrive at a situation that may involve weapons of mass destruction of chemicals that are potentially hazardous. Escape respirators allows the officer to safely exit the hot zone while still maintaining control. Several hazardous materials suits have been purchased to facilitate active situations within hot zones and evidence recovery.