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The Eyes of Texas: Communities, Trust and Intelligence-Led Policing

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Just as the events of September 11th, 2001, prompted significant changes in how we view our security on the national level, it also led to fundamental alterations to local policing strategies. New methods and a new intensity in the drive to keep the country safe have not emerged without controversy, however. Since 9/11, stakeholders have raised concerns about civil liberties and the efficacy of new law enforcement strategies implemented to protect the country. The faith community can and should play a part in the national security discussion by building upon its historic role of advocating for fair criminal justice policies and working to ensure that policing policies are constructed with the goal of keeping people safe while maintaining cohesive and open communities.