Improving the Public’s Awareness and Reporting of Suspicious Activity: Key Research Findings from Literature Review, Household Survey, Focus Groups and Interviews

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Preventing terrorism is a responsibility of every American, and requires an alert and informed citizenry that is ready to report suspicious activity that may be indicative of a terrorist act or terrorism planning. With this core understanding, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency began reviewing contemporary and historical research, literature, trends, and practices related to community-based terrorism prevention efforts in the spring of 2010. The goal of this effort was to identify successful strategies for implementing and maintaining state, territorial, tribal, and local initiatives that improve the public’s awareness and reporting of suspicious activity related to terrorism. IACP conducted further research and key findings are included in this document. These findings draw insights into strategies to improve the public’s awareness and reporting of suspicious activity reporting.
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