Notes from the Editor

The May 2022 Issue of Homeland Security Affairs contains a research article which provides a comparative analysis of the Countering Violent Extremism/Counterterrorism policies of five Western nations and a research article which provides a critical analysis of the way that discount rates are used in FEMA hazard mitigation projects. Read more.

Homeland Security Affairs

Homeland Security Affairs

South of the Border: Legal and Privacy Underpinnings of Canadian and U.S. Approaches to Police Video Usage

This article utilizes modern privacy theory to examine the differing approaches of Canadian and U.S. law enforcement to the use of camera technology and advancing video analytics. The article documents the deployment of camera technology in two comparably-sized urban centers in Canada and the U.S.

By Shawna Coxon and Don Zoufal

How Violent Attacks Are Changing The Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents

Antagonistically induced mass casualty incidents (MCI) introduce unique conditions that are rarely addressed in current MCI policies. Many of today’s MCIs are intentional acts of violence, such as mass shootings, improvised explosions, mass stabbings, vehicle rammings, and other similar assault tactics.

By Luke Hodgson

The Case for Adaptive SOPs in Complex Crises and Unpredictable Operating Environments

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) guide emergency responders in a crisis, providing predetermined steps to manage anticipated events. Modern disasters, however, often manifest as complex systems—susceptible to nonlinear interactions and feedback in the environment that produce unanticipated outcomes.

By Shawn Harwood and Wayne Porter, Ph.D.

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