Boulder City Magazine® August 2007 Issue
by John Chase, Deputy Chief
Boulder City Police Department
Your Role In Homeland Security
Homeland Security is a local issue. Yes, I am suggesting that you, the average Boulder City resident, reader or passer-by, plays a key role in our efforts towards maintaining a safer homeland. Nonsense, you say. Before catapulting into a “Not my job” mind set, ask yourself one question. Where will a terrorist attack occur?
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|As you ponder that question in more detail, perhaps a follow-up question may guide you in that process. Will a terrorist attack within the United States happen anywhere other than a town, county or neighborhood? Whether it happens in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, or Boulder City, local municipalities and their constituents will be the first to respond. Like any other crime, planning and coordination takes place prior to the actual event. Armed with this knowledge, it is imperative that you become more vigilant in your travels. Look out for your neighbor by reporting suspicious activity to the police department.
The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets, published in 2003, lists eleven critical infrastructures that are relevant to maintain the American way of life. The list contains agriculture and food, water, public health, emergency services, defensive industrial base, telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, and postal and shipping. In addition to these eleven critical infrastructures the Report lists five key assets. They are: national monuments and icons, nuclear power plants, dams, government facilities, and commercial key assets. Without going into great detail, I believe many of us would recognize a few of the critical infrastructures and a couple of the key assets as having local, Boulder City connections.
I am hopeful that by discussing Homeland Security issues, I have accomplished a couple of things. First and foremost is that terrorism is not only a state and federal issue, but that is has strong local implications. Secondly, I wanted to offer some assurance to you that we have staff at the police department keeping abreast of issues involving homeland security and that we recognize the significance of local municipal involvement in creating a more safe and vigilant homeland.
Until next month, stay safe.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchasebcnv@earthlink.net
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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