Morning Security Brief: Turkish Security Seize Radioactive Material, Subscription Police Service, Anthrax Vaccine, and More
Turkish Police confiscate $1.3 million of smuggled radioactive material. A police subscription service in Indianapolis. Anthrax vaccine may be offered to first responders. And more.
►Security forces in Turkey have seized $1.3 million in radioactive material, state-run media reported. Police took custody of two tubes of cesium-137 after stopping a vehicle near the town of Espiye. In April, working off a tip, Turkish police say they found two tubes of cesium-137 that had been smuggled from Russia through Georgia. It’s unclear weather the incident reported Tuesday is the same incident from April.
►City residents in Indianapolis are turning to security patrol subscriptions to help protect their neighborhoods in the absence police coverage. The King Park Public Safety Cooperative is a group of off duty officers that patrol the neighborhood and respond to calls for residents. For $150 per year residents can buy into the service. For $300 annualy they can buy specific block of patrol time. The officers "drive their take-home patrol cars, wear their blue uniforms, carry their department issued guns and keep in touch with their on-duty counterparts through their police radios,” The Indy Star reports. City-County Council is angry, accusing the officers of using public equipment for private profit, but the company says it’s just filling demand where there is a shortage of officers.
►The U.S. is considering a plan to vaccinate nonmilitary emergency personnel against anthrax. The plan “would give participating state and local emergency personnel the option of accepting a course of anthrax vaccination doses from the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile of medical countermeasures,” reports Global Security Newswire. DHS hopes to begin contacting interested groups for a pilot of the project soon.
►In other news, an Ebola outbreak in the DRC has killed 32 people. ♦ Microsoft is warning users about hackers exploiting a bug in Internet Explorer – a zero day vulnerability that lets hackers take control of a person’s computer. ♦ And The Las Vegas Review-Journal examines the creative ways drug users in Clark County hide their contraband .