Policing terror threats and false positives: Employing a signal detection model to examine changes in national and local policing strategy between 2001 and 2007

  title={Policing terror threats and false positives: Employing a signal detection model to examine changes in national and local policing strategy between 2001 and 2007},
  author={John Kilburn and S. E. Costanza and Eric Metchik and Kevin Borgeson},
  journal={Security Journal},
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