This paper examines the media’s influence on the public perception of law enforcement agencies in the Homeland Security Enterprise. It begins with a brief problem statement and rationale of my research and sources. The sources that are utilized provide a conclusive argument that the media is led to present skewed information due to law enforcement’s limited information sharing. This then results in a lessened perception of these agencies which negatively affects national security. It also discusses potential for expansion on this research through analyzing areas in which law enforcement is most prevalent. The media has great influence over the public’s perception of issues in America. In terms of national security, the media must work alongside law enforcement agencies in order to lessen the gap and better the relationship between the public and these agencies in order to better overall national security.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2018


Ryan K. Baggett

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Justice Studies

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