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ECU researcher wins award for terrorism research

Friday, 22 July 2011

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Terrorism researcher from secau – Security Research Centre, Dr Simon O’Rourke has received national recognition, recently winning the 2011 Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) Publications Award for his research into terrorism.

His new paper explores the challenges experienced by law enforcement agencies in the face of ever-changing terrorism tactics.

“On November 26, 2008 ten armed terrorists from Lashka-e-Toiba utilised military assault style tactics to attack a number of establishments including restaurants and hotels in the city of Mumbai, India,” said Dr O’Rourke.

“This highlighted a shift from suicide bombers to more complex tactics and was an important lesson for contemporary law enforcement agencies with regards to intelligence, response and media management.”

The paper highlights that few agencies are currently geared to deal with the sheer scope of an event involving sustained multiple attacks by trained terrorists.

“This attack clearly presents unique challenges to police who will be tasked to respond to these types of incidents, particularly given the training and weaponry that will be deployed against them,” said Dr O’Rourke.

His research will be published in the next edition of the AIPIO journal, which is due out later this year. The journal is peer reviewed and has a wide national and international readership.

For more information view the AIPIO website.

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