Former Superintendent of the Boston Police Department Dan Linskey, who oversaw the police response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the process of law enforcement officials in a major city following a terrorist attack in regard to the London attacks on Saturday.
Linskey stressed the need for meticulous evidence gathering at the scene, and widespread deployment of officers on the ground in the rest of the city. Only until sufficient information from the site of the crime is gathered, and the rest of the city is secure can officers move forward combining evidence from the scene with intelligence acquired elsewhere.
Linskey also highlighted the importance of citizens with information coming forward, as he recounted a tale of a Boston police officer coming forward with information about his own son that prevented an attack.
When pressed about the degree to which officials should have access to citizens private information so as to sniff out potential attacks, Linskey agreed that some privacy needs to be ceded, but that you don’t want to “throw the baby out with the bath water” and compromise individual privacy completely.
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