First Advisor

Christopher Shortell

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Science and University Honors


Social Science


Law enforcement -- Law and legislation -- United States -- 20th century, State police -- United States, United States. Department of Justice, National security -- United States -- 20th century, September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001




When regarding security prioritizations and intelligence gathering, 9/11 disrupted the organization of the Department of Justice and how we as a nation interpret and combat both foreign and domestic threats. This is not a question on the content of 9/11, what the day’s timeline was, the logistics of the attack itself, but instead an examination of how the mechanics of federal law and policy have reacted after a massive breach in national security. Not only did the federal government institute significant changes to its law enforcement tactics but this additionally included local law enforcement. It has been over seventeen years since September 2001 as of this writing and the discourse that evaluates the problems between federal and local law enforcement is woefully outdated by literature clustered in the early 2000s. This lack of literature means a gap in understanding how 9/11 ultimately impacted the United States and the ongoing War on Terrorism. It is important to address the long-term effects of post-9/11 institution and law changes both federally and locally. The purpose of this thesis is to assess the long-term results between the Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies after the initial post-9/11 policy changes within the United States. Since September 11th, 2001, what is the state between the Department of Justice and local law enforcement relationships and how does this reflect current national security priorities?


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