Helfand, Gary

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    Legal Terms and Concepts in Criminal Justice
    (Avery Publishing Group, Inc., 1979) Helfand, Gary ; D'Auria, Michael M. ; Ryan, Herbert F.
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    The Uncertain Balance: Governmental Regulators in the Political Process
    (Avery Publishing Group, Inc., 1985) Helfand, Gary
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    The Day After: Rebuilding Main Street
    (Pearson Education, Inc., 2006) Helfand, Gary ; Prizzia, Ross

    The numerous federal, state, and local agencies working to prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil have made tremendous progress in intelligence and prevention. However, the federal government and the Department of Homeland Security have acknowledged that despite all the efforts of these agencies, it may not be possible to prevent another 9/11-type attack.

    The report of the National Strategy for Homeland Security identified the three goals of homeland security as (1) preventing terrorist attacks within the United States, (2) reducing America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and (3) minimizing the damage and recovering from attacks that do occur. One of the key lessons of September 11, 2001, was that the ability to respond to terrorist attacks is a very important factor in minimizing loss of life and collateral damage. Some of the most severe criticisms of the 9/11 Commission Report were its assessment of federal, state, and local capacity for emergency response and actions to minimize damage after the attacks. Emergency response efforts were hampered by lack of coordination among agencies, incompatible emergency communication equipment, lack of resource capacity by the healthcare providers, and lack of organization and command to coordinate the efforts of the numerous multilevel agencies responding to the attack and responsible for follow-up actions.

    The previous chapters have addressed the efforts focused on achieving the first two goals of homeland defense: prevention and reducing vulnerability. This chapter examines the strategies and programs developed after September 11, 2001, to minimize damage and speed recovery in the event of a terrorist attack, especially an attack using weapons of mass destruction. In the event of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, especially an attack involving weapons of mass destruction, the response of the government the day after will be an important factor in minimizing loss of life and injuries. Given the complexity of the task, many government agencies are involved in achieving this goal. However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a key agency in responding to this goal. This chapter will discuss FEMA’s role in minimizing the damage and recovering from attacks that do occur and the plans that have been developed for responding to a terrorist attack in the United States.

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    Accelerated College Learning for Law Enforcement: Marketability-Vs-Quality?
    (Wyndham Hall Press, 1988) Helfand, Gary

    This paper examines the question of educational quality with respect to the accelerated or "speeded up" learning format at the college level, for law enforcement personnel. Accordingly, the largest law enforcement college program ever created in the Northeast is carefully evaluated.

    The methodology employed incorporates the use of an intensive survey of faculty, asking them to compare their experiences under the conventional and accelerated formats.

    The outcome of the survey revealed that the majority of faculty felt that the accelerated format was largely unsuccessful in the program as a result of three major factors: (1) the lack of adequate selection and placement devices for students; (2) the lack of proper training of faculty, and; (3) the lack of learning resources specifically geared to a law enforcement educational program of this nature.

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    Reducing Workplace Stress: Prevention and Mitigation Strategies for Increased Productivity
    (Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2004) Helfand, Gary ; Prizzia, Ross
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    Capital Punishment—The State of the Art
    (Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., 1977) Helfand, Gary
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    The Why's and Wherefore's of Councils of Governments
    (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1976) Helfand, Gary
    In reviewing Joan Aron’s article on the “New York Interstate Metropolis,” it is easy to see that the theoretical benefits that abound when one contemplates the use of a regional planning body are not so easily realized in practice. However, in an attempt to stimulate regional cooperation among local governments, the Council of Government (COG) concept was developed and then implemented in virtually every metropolitan area (SMSA) in the United States.
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    Emergency Preparedness and disaster management in Hawaii
    (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2001) Helfand, Gary ; Prizzia, Ross
    The research is an administrative case study based on an extensive review of Hawaii government documents and interviews with key personnel of the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Committee, civil defense and other relevant officials. Describes the interagency coordination at the federal, state, county, and community level to improve capability. Also described and critically evaluated are the roles of interagency emergency preparedness training, disaster drills, and coordination and partnership with the private sector, such as medical centers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s designated “disaster resistant communities” in Maui and Hawaii County. Recommends that more frequent interagency drills, increased funding for family emergency preparedness and local community response teams, and continuous training by emergency response coordinators could improve state and county disaster preparedness and concludes that, overall, Hawaii is adequately prepared in emergency response capability, particularly in the areas of medical services and interagency coordination.