T02 Project 1 Terrorism and Community Policing

Your project must be submitted as a Word document (.docx, .doc). Your project will be individually graded by your instructor and therefore may take up to five to seven days to grade.

Be sure that each of your files contains the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • The exam name
  • Your email address


For this graded project, you’ll read pages 11–36 of Edges of Radicalization by Scott Helfstein. Helfstein argues that the radicalization of terrorists results from ideological beliefs interacting with social behaviors, producing common characteristics that may be supportive of conceptual profiles. There’s much debate in the academic and law enforcement communities as to whether these profiles have a continuing practical value in light of current terrorist activity by “lone wolves.” Helfstein’s analysis will serve as your backdrop in understanding recent terrorist activity and law enforcement’s efforts to address and prevent such activity in the future.

You’ll also choose one other article on terrorism and an article on community policing from the provided library of articles and research material. Each of these articles contains current scholarly thinking about the community’s role in combatting terrorism, the role of law enforcement in fostering community vigilance to report potential terrorist activity and lone wolf terrorism.

You should also use your research skills to locate one additional scholarly article on terrorism or community policing which supports at least one of the tenets in your paper. Make sure you properly cite your source.

This graded project requires that you cite the Edges of Radicalization and at least two other sources from the curated library of reading material.

Article Library

In addition to the Edges of Radicalization, read and cite at least two of the following articles, one for lone wolf terrorism and one for community policing response to terrorism.


You’ve just been asked by your police chief to serve as the department’s community relations officer specializing in terrorism. You’ve built a tremendous relationship with a diverse community, and many of the community leaders have asked that you be appointed to this position. Your assignment will include recommending to the chief ways to effectively establish, maintain, and improve the relationship with the community to prevent and respond to terrorist activities.

You’ll be presenting your ideas to the chief and her executive staff before you release your report to the committee leaders. Be aware that several of the department’s deputy police chiefs have had major clashes with the community leaders on policing strategies that would involve joint efforts of the community and police and may look to derail your ideas.


Write a 3-page essay that includes the following:

  • A brief history of the philosophy of community policing
  • The common problems faced by the ethnic and racial groups of the community
  • Overt steps that can be taken by the department to establish relationships with the community to identify possible terrorist targets and actors
  • Strategies for building realistic and functional partnerships with the community as they relate to terrorism
  • Efforts that should be instituted to install sensitivity training for all police officers
  • Methods for directly bringing the public and the police together to report suspicious activity prior to actual terrorist acts
  • A clear and direct line of communication between citizens and senior staff in the department
  • Terrorism prevention strategies to be implemented in partnership with the community, with specific reference to lone wolf terrorists

Support your narrative with examples and/or illustrations. Be sure to cite your sources in APA format.

Remember, you must include Edges of Radicalization and at least two other sources from the article library. You’re free to conduct additional research and cite additional sources.

Writing Guidelines

  1. Type your submission, double-spaced, in a standard print font, size 12. Use a standard document format with one-inch margins. (Do not use any fancy or cursive fonts.)
  2. Include the following information at the top of your paper:
    1. Name and address
    1. Student number
    1. Course title and number 
    1. Research project number
  3. Read the assignment carefully and address the issue(s) suggested.
  4. Be specific. Limit your submission to the topic or issues mentioned.
  5. Include a reference page that lists websites, journals, or any other references used in preparing the submission.
  6. Proofread your work carefully. Check for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.

Grading Criteria

Your project will be graded based on the following criteria:

  • Explained the history and philosophy of community policing (5 points)
  • Explained and listed some of the problems faced by the ethnic and racial community (10 points)
  • Explained specific steps recommended to establish realistic community relationships (15 points)
  • Explained how to build realistic and functional partnerships within the community as related to terrorism (10 points)
  • Explained the importance of sensitivity training for police officers (10 points)
  • Analyzed the methods that should be used to bring the public and police together, including a process to establish clear and direct communication between the citizens and senior police staff (10 points)
  • Explained and listed the counterterrorist strategies to be implemented in the department (15 points)
  • Written components (15 points)
  • Format and references (10 points)
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