By Gretchen Fleming
Center for Law & Justice
As we mourn the tragic events that plagued the Boston Marathon Monday we are reminded of the selfless and relentless work of those in law enforcement and public safety. I am currently teaching a course on legal investigation and fact finding that ironically will be discussing terrorism and homeland security next week. We have seen several examples of domestic and foreign terrorism in this Country over the last 10 years and we have a new awareness of the differences and what to look for around us. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Officials know more now than ever about preventing and solving these cases. We learn from every event and become more knowledgeable and stronger. It is a sad commentary on society that I have a current event to use in discussions on the topic. It is, however, critical as law enforcement is sifting through pictures, videos, and witness statements that we remember that investigations have a process and we need to let the officials do their work to ensure that the process is followed and those responsible can be brought to justice for their offenses. We as American’s should be vigilant but not allow this event to stop, slow or cause paranoia as that only allows those responsible to win. In the meantime, be supportive and patient with those working the case, mourn the victims, and have faith in the criminal justice system.