Morning Security Brief: Bureau of Counterterrorism Created, iPassport, Detroit Police Stop Night Administrative Work, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The U.S. officially announced on Wednesday the creation of the Bureau of Counterterrorism. The bureau was created from an existing State Department counterterrorism office, which recently had its mission expanded “to counter terrorism abroad and to secure the United States against foreign terrorist threats.”

►Officials in Canada say border agents shouldn’t have let a Canadian man cross into Canada from Vermont using a scanned image of his passport on his iPad for identification. Martin Reisch of Montreal was returning to the country after the holidays and realized he had forgotten his passport. Instead he used a scanned image of the passport that he had on his iPad to cross over, CBC News reports. Officials say the incident is troubling because a scanned copy of a passport is not a secure document and could easily be altered. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement denying that the man was able to use the image to cross the border.

►In 2011, FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness trained more than 93,000 first responders in managing the aftermath of a terrorist attack involving nuclear, chemical, biological, or radiological explosives, Global Security Newswire reports.

►Starting Monday, police stations in Detroit will stop being open to the public from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. and several desk positions will be eliminated. “During the hours the precincts and districts are closed to the public, they will each remain staffed by a supervisor and another person, as well as those handling prisoners,” the Detroit Free Press reports. Officials say the plan is to take more officers from behind desks and put them onto the street. Police will still respond to emergency calls during those hours, but more administrative procedures like obtaining reports will have to wait until the next day.

►In other news, a teenager who was thought to be missing turned up in Colombia after being mistakenly deported two years ago. ♦ Mass casualty protocols were activated in Ogden, Utah after six police officers were shot after trying to serve a warrant. One died overnight and one is in critical condition. The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. ♦ And BCB International, a tactical equipment company based in the UK, reveals a new door and wall breaching device that uses compressed air and water to launch a water bottle. "What’s great about using water is that the casing shatters and it just sprays out. It means security teams are much closer to the point of entry, giving them vital seconds," a company spokesman said.


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