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Trade & Industrial Education
Introduction to Homeland Security
Introduction to Homeland Security is designed to provide students with an understanding of the strategic, political, legal, and organizational challenges associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland and the coordinated response to major incidents, whether natural or manmade, that requires responsive action to protect life or property and the efforts that are under way to meet these challenges. The course examines the range of potential threats to the U.S. homeland, focusing on potential terrorist acts and considers strategies and means for addressing these threats.
Darren Gibson
1. Understand the difference between the two major categories of biological weapons: pathogens
and toxins.
2. Develop a knowledge base of the weapons/agents that fall into the pathogen and toxin
3. Discuss the types of groups likely to use biological weapons and understand the conditions
necessary for a successful large-scale terrorist biological attack to occur.
4. Identify law enforcement deficiencies as outlined by The 9/11 Commission Report.
5. Describe the lessons learned by law enforcement from the 9/11 attacks, including:
• command and control.
• planning.
• training.
6. List changes to law enforcement procedures that have taken place since the 9/11 attacks.
7. Discuss how technology and information sharing is needed by law enforcement agencies to
assist with matters relating to homeland security.
8. List civilian programs available that may assist law enforcement efforts in homeland security.
9. Compare and contrast Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD63) and Executive Order 13231.
10. Define critical infrastructure.
11. Identify the critical infrastructure under which emergency operations occur.
12. Compare and contrast the three (3) types of events that could threaten our country’s critical
infrastructures and the three (3) types of effects terrorists wish to achieve.
13. List the five (5) steps of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Process.
14. List, compare and contrast three (3) threat categories.
15. Define the following:
• Terrorism
• International terrorism
• Domestic terrorism
16. List three (3) methods to assess the risk of a threat.
17. Define the role of the municipal police department in dealing with terrorism.
18. Identify preparedness issues in relation to natural disasters.
19. Identify the four major aspects of Islamic criminal justice.

In the course students will:
1. Study international and domestic terrorism.
2. Study the coordination requirements of an integrated emergency management and incident
command system when responding to natural disasters, hazardous materials and weapons of
mass destruction threats and occurrences.
3. Study pathogens and toxins, the two major categories of biological weapons.
4. Study the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
5. Study critical infrastructure, target assessment and protection.
6. Study Islamic criminal justice.
Completion of reading assignments, multimedia training, and classroom activities.
Police, fire and/or EMS departments and combined service communication centers.
Reference book:
• IS-700a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction – Student Self Study
• Criminal Justice Today 10th Edition – Student Study Guide

Text book:
Criminal Justice Today 10th Edition - “An Introductory Text for the 21st Century”

Multimedia - Interactive Web-based Courses:
Federal Emergency Management Administration
• Interactive Web-based Course - EMI learning site
Law Enforcement Training Network:
• Weapons of Mass Destruction - What Every Officer Should Know, Part 2: Biological Weapons
• Blood Borne Pathogens - Infectious Diseases
• Real-World Emergencies I
• Terrorism and the Municipal Police Department
• September 11th - 5 Years Later
• Homeland Security: Critical Infrastructure Protection - Identifying Critical Infrastructures
• Homeland Security: Critical Infrastructure Protection - Assessing Risk
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Law Enforcement Services Criminal Justice
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Law Enforcement Services Criminal Justice Forensics & Security