The term homeland security is used often in the media, by public officials or within government policy, but what exactly is homeland security? The concept of homeland security began as a response to the attacks on 9/11. Government officials saw the lack of communication and joint efforts between public safety fields, both in the government and public sectors, as a problem that left holes in the country’s security. To solve this issue, lawmakers created the Department of Homeland Security to provide an overarching concept to guide all public safety fields to a common goal by engaging in a shared mission with clear lines of communication.
Vision of homeland security
The vision of homeland security is to “ensure the homeland is safe, secure and resilient against terrorism and other hazards” through these five core missions. They are:
- Prevent terrorism and enhance security;
- Secure and manage our borders;
- Enforce and administer our immigration laws;
- Safeguard and secure cyberspace; and
- Ensure resilience to disasters.
“Hundreds of thousands of people from across the federal government, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, the private sector, and other nongovernmental organizations are responsible for executing these missions. These are the people who regularly interact with the public, who are responsible for public safety and security, who own and operate our nation’s critical infrastructures and services, who perform research and develop technology, and who keep watch, prepare for, and respond to emerging threats and disasters. These homeland security professionals must have a clear sense of what it takes to achieve the overarching vision articulated above.”
-The Department of Homeland Security
LCCC is committed to providing its homeland security students the tools, skills and knowledge needed to enter this emerging field, and to provide advanced educational opportunities to professionals already in the field. From first responders to cyber professionals to private companies to government infrastructure and even military personnel, LCCC’s program benefits students interested in a range of careers that fall under homeland security. To achieve this, LCCC has partnered with local, state and federal organizations to ensure its program provides students real world knowledge to meet the current demands of this industry. This, combined with the hands-on experience of the college’s outstanding professors, gives students in the Homeland Security Program assurance that their education is both applicable and competitive in the market today.