Most law enforcement, security experts, government planners and others agree that the nation is better prepared to prevent terrorism than we were ten years ago. Memories, however, tend to fade over time and that's why Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander is reminding people that the fight is not over.
Alexander says that in the first days, weeks and months following the events of September 11, 2001, his office received tips regularly of suspicious people or activities. While none of the calls he received amounted to terrorist activities, they sometimes resulted in arrests on outstanding warrants or other matters.
"We've kind of gotten back to being a little lax," said Alexander. "We're not as vigilant as we were right after that. Maybe we need to kick-start it again and get people to start thinking about these things."
Alexander says his office continues to offer citizen training events that were started because of the terrorist attacks.