Understanding the Nature of Terrorist Acts:
                  Planning and Response Strategies for Police

                Monday 21st November, Abertay University, 11.00 to 12.30

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research, in collaboration with Abertay University and the Dundee Policing and Criminal Justice Group were very pleased to welcome Dr James Drylie, Fulbright Scholar, who presented on:

Understanding the Nature of Terrorist Acts: Planning and Response Strategies for Police

          Podcast [82 minutes, 28 Mb]

There is little standardization in how terrorism is defined and prosecuted under law. Adding to this problem is the emergence of a new form of terrorist, individuals existing and operating outside of areas of known conflict. This new form of terrorist actor is not bound by culture or geography and traditional types of terrorism are giving way to new types of fast paced targeted violence. Classifying the nature of terrorist acts based on the physical actions of the terrorists will be helpful for civilian law enforcement and the military in developing strategies for prevention, mitigation, and response.

Dr Drylie spoke about the nature of terrorist acts. By classifying the nature of the act he described the dynamics of the violence that occurs. With recent attacks eerily similar to the dynamic shooter incidents in the United States we cannot ignore/overlook the contagion factor.

Dr James Drylie is Executive Director for the School of Criminal Justice & Public Administration and the Cybersecurity Center College of Business & Public Management at Kean University, New Jersey, USA.

He visited Scotland as a recipient of a Fulbright Award.


Tim Heilbronn
Business and KT Manager
Scottish Institute for Policing Research,
School of Social & Environmental Sciences,
University of Dundee,
Dundee DD1 4HN

Tel: 01382 384205
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e-mail: t.d.heilbronn@dundee.ac.uk