“Translational Criminology” in action: a national survey of TSA’s Playbook implementation at U.S. Airports

Charlotte Gill*, Julie Hibdon, Cynthia Lum, Devon Johnson, Linda Merola, David Weisburd, Breanne Cave, Jaspreet Chahal

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Security at U.S. airports has been a key priority since September 11, 2001. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was established shortly thereafter to oversee aviation security operations. However, there have been few rigorous evaluations of airport security strategies, and even less is known about how they are implemented in practice. As part of a larger study that used a “translational criminology” approach to map TSA’s “Playbook” security strategy onto effective policing and crime prevention practices, we conducted a first-of-its-kind survey of TSA personnel at U.S. airports to understand how the Playbook was implemented in practice. We found that while the Playbook was well implemented, adherence to its core components—targeted, focused prevention strategies and multi-agency collaboration—was varied. We conclude with research-informed recommendations for future program development.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)319-339
Number of pages21
JournalSecurity Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Award Number 2010-ST-108-LR005. The opinions, recommendations, and conclusions herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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  • Airport security
  • Crime prevention
  • Homeland security
  • Policing
  • Public spaces
  • Survey


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