Honors Senior Theses/Projects


Alex Stemm

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Mari Sakiyama

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many changes have been made to the U.S. police forces. These modifications have stirred a lot of controversies among the general public, especially because some groups argue that individual freedoms have been overlooked to give U.S. police more power to prevent crime. Previous research has studied the effect of militarization on the police-community relationship and has determined that the militaristic appearance and tactics of police has, in some studies, resulted in unfavorable public perceptions. The goal of the present thesis project is to evaluate how the police have altered their approach to law enforcement after 9/11 and if those changes are still necessary based on the effectiveness of militarized policing. In doing so, I will have compiled thoughtful analysis on the topic and contribute several recommendations that I believe will aid further research in this area of study.