Posts Categorised: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

Expert Panel on Terrorism and Violent Extremism Prevention and Response Powers: Reports 1 and 2


“The panel was tasked with examining and evaluating the operation and effectiveness of Victoria’s key legislation and related powers and procedures of relevant agencies to prevent, monitor, investigate and respond to terrorism. The second report from the panel extends the focus of the first report to include the full spectrum of policies and programs to prevent and intervene early in relation to emerging risks of violent extremism, or to respond rapidly to risks after they have eventuated.”

Source: Lay, K. & Harper, D. (2017). Government of Victoria and available from this link (open access).

National Counter-Terrorism Plan


“Australia’s National Counter-Terrorism Plan outlines the arrangements, governance and operational responsibilities of Australian governments and agencies engaged in countering terrorism. It sits below and complements Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy and sets the framework for preventative activities, the response to, investigation of, and recovery from, terrorist acts and the preparations to support these activities.”

Source: Australian National Security and available from this link (open access).

Offence or defence? Approach and avoid goals in the multi-agency emergency response to a simulated terrorism attack


“When operating in multiteam settings, it is important that goals are cohesive between team members, especially in high-stakes, risky, and uncertain environments. This study explored goal consistency during a multiteam emergency response simulation. A total of n = 50 commanders from the UK Police Services, Fire and Rescue Services, and Ambulance Services took part in a simulated terrorism exercise, who were split into n = 13 teams.”

Source: Power, N., & Alison, L. (2017).  Journal of occupational and organizational psychology, 90(1), and available from this link (open access).

Australia’s cyber security strategy: execution & evolution

Manly Dinghy

“This report provides an accessible and critical appraisal of the government’s implementation of the strategy over the past 12 months. It addresses each of the strategy’s five themes, highlighting achievements and areas of weakness; evaluates issues of execution; and suggests ways to evolve the delivery and initiatives of the strategy to achieve its objectives.”

Source: Hawkins, Z. & Nevill, L. (2017). Australian Strategic Policy Institute and available from this link (open access). 

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017


Manly beach

“This yearbook looks at those areas around the world where terrorism and counterterrorism (CT) are in greatest focus. Each chapter examines CT developments in 2016, including the terrorist threat being faced and how governments and others have approached CT through both policy and operations. Countries and regions covered include Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Turkey, UK, USA, Canada, Africa, Russia and China.”

Source: Carroll, J. (Editor) (2017). Australian Strategic Policy Institute and available from this link (open access).

Combating homegrown extremism: assessing common critiques and new approaches for CVE in North America

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“Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) programs have become an increasingly important piece of counterterrorism strategies in North America since 2001 in order to combat homegrown extremism. Recent events have brought this issue into the fore once again. However, these programs are relatively new and under-evaluated, with many commentators noting their inadequacies. The purpose of this research note is to explore some of the common critiques of CVE programs, and to consider new approaches which might make CVE efforts more effective in the years to come.”

Source: Tierney, M. (2017). Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 12(1), and available from this link (subscription journal).

Inquest into the deaths arising from the Lin​​dt Café siege​

Collins Beach, Manly

“The inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Café siege examined the circumstances surrounding, and issues arising in relation to, the deaths of Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson and Man Haron Monis in December 2014.” The State Coroner, Magistrate Michael Barnes delivered his findings on Wednesday 24 May 2017.

Source: NSW State Coroner and available from this link (open access).



Police officers’ learning in relation to emergency management: A case study


“Commanders have an important role in the management of emergencies, as their responsibility is to lead and coordinate the response. This study examines how police officers with command responsibilities learn to carry out emergency response work and manage emergencies.”

Source: Sommer, M., Njå, O., & Lussand, K. (2017).  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 21, and available from this link (open access).

Building Interdisciplinary Partnerships to Prevent Violent Extremism

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“To explore strategies for developing these kinds of collaborative relationships, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the COPS Office held a forum on Building Interdisciplinary Partnerships to Prevent Violent Extremism in Minneapolis in 2015. The participants, who were drawn from a wide range of law enforcement and other professions, discussed their own experiences with interdisciplinary partnerships, debated approaches, and made recommendations.”

Source: Police Executive Research Forum. (2017). Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and available from this link (open access).

Successful public-private partnerships: The NYPD shield model



“This article will identify the challenges that post 9/11 law enforcement faces regarding privatepublic partnerships and describe in detail the NYPD Shield programme, created to combat those challenges. Recommendations made by the 911 Commission included the incorporation of the private sector into future homeland security strategies. One such strategy is NYPD Shield. This programme is a nationally recognized award-winning public-private partnership dedicated to providing counterterrorism training and information sharing with government agencies, non-government organizations, private businesses, and the community.”

Source: Amadeo, V., & Iannone, S. (2016).  Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, 10(2), and available from this link (subscription journal).