Law Enforcement During Natural Disasters in the United States
All of us are aware that law enforcement plays a big role in our society. During the natural disasters, law enforcement becomes even more important and many people begin to depend on them. It is obvious that natural disasters tend to create chaos, mess, disorganization and their role is to calm people down. They are the ones who are helping victims with their fears, concerns, and public safety and still keeping “law and order”. In my paper I want to take a deep look at how law enforcement dealt with natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and at their positive and negative impacts on our society. By looking through the article, journals and books I came to know that during Hurricane Katrina, law enforcement agencies were not well prepared to handle it. During natural disasters the most important part of law enforcement agencies is to be aware of pre-disaster planning as well as have special training. According to Michael Smith, “Katrina clearly demonstrated, however, that the failure by local law enforcement agencies to imagine and plan for major hurricane exacerbated the public safety impacts of the storm and severely hampered their ability to provide much-needed public services” (2006: 05).
In my research I want to have my focus on how law enforcement agencies were prepared and handled the pressure and chaos as well as how they were trained. I do believe that it is a really important topic because we need to address any issues we have because we as a nation need to be prepared for natural disasters, especially law enforcement agencies. I hope my research will bring the importance of the issue on our society and law enforcement agencies along with our people so it can be fixed, because if anything happens in the United States, we are all ready!
In the article by Sean Carano, “Policing Disasters: The Role of Police in the Pre-Disaster Planning and Post-Disaster Responses”, the main issue that author talks about is how law enforcement agency is able to face challenges of natural disasters. This article perfectly shows the way police officers are prepared for a disaster and their sense of effectiveness. The key of this article is that the main problems that police officers are facing are lack of communications and coordination. For them to be successful during natural disasters, they need to learn how to communicate with people. In the article by Alicia Ferrara, “The Prison of New Orleans: Law’s Responses to the Disaster of Hurricane Katrina”, the main key is focused on the beginning of the disaster and how “law and order” was taken. Police officers during the Hurricane Katina treated many individuals as criminals, due to their desire to survive by doing what they can. Because of what was going on, the New Orleans became number one city for prisons. Many law enforcement agencies were breaking the rules of “law and order” and treated many prisoners poorly and harshly. In the...