Homeland Security Assessors Look at Warren County

Small cities across the state and nation are wondering how safe they would be in an international or domestic act of violence.

Lt. Colonel, Jerry Wells, from the Bowling Green Police Department, says: "You always have to look at the possibility, would somebody ever do something in a smaller city or something of that nature?"

A team of assessors from the Kentucky Community Preparedness Program has been in the area for a week looking at all of these different aspects for 34 potential "targets."

The team leader, Don Alwes, says: "It's probably not an international terrorist that's going to target Bowling Green, Kentucky. It might be, but realistically there are people in this community, if given the right motivation and right circumstances, they would choose to hurt people here and we know that because there are criminals in our midst."

The team look at law enforcement and government buildings to schools, anywhere a large number of people could possibly be injured. Alwes says: "If you recognize the possibility that something bad could happen in your community, you'll start taking the right questions, you'll start taking the right steps, you'll start paying attention to things."

The team looks at the attractiveness, symbolic value, potential damage, and visibility of a potential attack. Alwes says: "We were specifically looking for vulnerabilities, ways that someone who had bad intentions could attack a particular facility."

The team says they don't want people to worry about an attack; they simply want people to be prepared.

Individual reports for the public and private businesses that were surveyed will be returned in around five to eight weeks.


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