Policing disasters: The role of police in the pre-disaster planning and post-disaster responses
Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance
Purpose: This chapter provides an overview to the challenges of policing both natural and man-made disasters. Questions surrounding police preparedness to respond to large-scale disasters as well as the causes of failure are likely one of the single biggest system threats faced by police today. Design/methodology/approach: The chapter starts out with a short discussion about the important impact the 9/11 attacks as well as both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had on policing in the United States. The materials presented also provide a conceptual framework for understanding the meaning of "disasters," as well as making sense of the effectiveness of the police response. Finally, this chapter provides an overview of the role of police in disasters, and more importantly, their role in "creating order out of chaos" (Punch & Markham, 2000). © 2012 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Varano, S., & Schafer, J. (2012). Policing disasters: The role of police in the pre-disaster planning and post-disaster responses. Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance, 17, 83-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1521-6136(2012)0000017008