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The goal of this article is to show intergovernmental relations at a crossroads. For two decades, the net costs of the federal interaction with state and local governments in the criminal area were absorbed nationally, with the benefits felt locally. Now, the federal commitment to terrorism prevention, and the role federal authorities envision state and local agencies playing in this endeavor demand certain sacrifices and offer uncertain rewards. Precisely where we will go from here remains to be seen, but this, somewhat impressionistic essay is an attempt look back to where we have been and to chart the course we seem to be on.

Date of Authorship for this Version

May 2005


criminal procedure, criminal jurisdiction, law enforcement, violent crime, federalism, War on Terror, counterterrorism, National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, anti-violence, LEAA, Law Enforcement Assistance Act, Safe Street Violent Crimes Initiative, intergovernmental relations