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What Affect Will Domestic Right Wing Terrorist Groups Have Upon the Resources of California Law Enforcement Agencies by the Year 2002?

NCJ Number
T D Schmidt
Date Published
128 pages
This study uses 'futures' research techniques to develop several scenarios for the development of and police response to right-wing terrorist activity in California and proposes a relevant mission statement for police along with an implementation plan and transition procedures.
The study methodology used a 'futures wheel,' the nominal group technique, cross-impact analysis, and scenario development. Findings indicate that extremist organizations have a strong but currently small following in California, but they have the potential for organized violence against racial, ethnic, and religious groups. The study reviews the nature and activities of some California extremist groups. Should the unlawful activities of these groups go unchecked in their initial stages, they could pose a significant drain on law enforcement resources. A mission statement guides police agencies in protecting the rights of minority groups. Major components of the proposed strategy are handling hate crimes, intelligence gathering, statistical analysis, counterterrorist task groups, educational programs, and legislation. The implementation plan identifies persons who have a stake in the issue, techniques to obtain their support, negotiable and non-negotiable issues, and winning strategies for each of the 'stakeholders.' The transition process includes a commitment plan, goal setting meetings, team development, and responsibility charting. 47-item bibliography. (Author summary modified)