Law Enforcement and Public Health Joint Investigations

Law Enforcement and Public Health Joint Investigations

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 This course will review the definition and types of bioterrorism. You will review the recommended response to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents and the roles that make up the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). This course will also present several case studies where Public Health agencies have worked closely with the JTTF. A list of resources will be provided that are available to you in the event of a bioterrorism incident. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than one hour to complete.


CEUs:  1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion



By the end of Law Enforcement and Public Health Joint Investigations training, the learner will be able to:

Module 1: Definition of Terrorism

  • Describe terrorism
  • List the characteristics of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
  • Define biological agents
  • Understand the laws pertinent to biological weapons

Module 2: Assessing a Bioterrorism Incident

  • Define the two types of bioterrorism
    • Overt
    • Covert
  • List dissemination tactics
  • Diagram the threat assessment process

Module 3: FBI Response to WMD Incidents

  • Describe the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • List the phases of a WMD response
  • Understand the role of the Hazardous Materials Response Unite (HMRU)
  • Define how to work with evidence
  • Conduct JTTF interviews
  • Improve your response to a suspected bioterrorism event
  • List the sources of information

Module 4: Case Studies

  • Describe recent bioterrorism incidents and their effect on the population

Module 5: Resources

  • Learn the phone numbers, email addresses and locations of the Texas-based FBI



Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

Function 1: Determine risks to the health of the jurisdiction

Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness

Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological   investigation systems


Communicate and Manage Information

2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.

2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.

2.4 Collect data according to protocol.

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