Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
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.
Stemm, Alex, "Necessary or Outdated: Are Post-9/11 Changes to U.S. Police Forces Still Justifiable?" (2022). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 278.