Morning Security Brief: 9-11 Alerts, Rewards Programs, Australian Private Security, and More
Agencies warn citizens to be vigilant in September. Police offer gift cards to tipsters. Australian police move to regulate private security. And more.
►Law enforcement agencies are looking out for 9-11 anniversary attacks. Pennsylvania State Police issued an alert on Wednesday urging residents to be vigilant as the 10th anniversary of 9-11 nears. Authorities say they don’t have any intelligence indicating plans for an attack, but that citizens observing any suspicious activity should immediately report it. Authorities across the United States are holding briefings this week on the potential for terrorist events and metropolitan areas are on alert , according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
►Police in Illinois are offering $25 gift cards to people who can help identify persons of interests. Their latest tool in the fight against crime is a Web site called IdThisPerson.com , where surveillance photos are posted in hopes of identifying people involved in crimes or suspicious events. “Underneath the picture, the public is asked whether they know the person’s name or nickname, where they hang out, and any other information that might help police, like what car they drive,” the Beacon-News reports. The information is forwarded to the police department working the case. The information can be submitted anonymously, but to get the $25 the tipster must enter their email address and the information must be credible.
►In New South Wales, Australia, police have “seized control” of the private security industry after a beating by night club guards and other incidents raised concerns about training and certifications of private security guards. The government has plans to put regulation of private security in the hands of the police. “The concern we have is where security officers turn vigilante almost and seem to take the law into their own hands,” New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told Australian radio station PM. The proposed changes would require private security employees to undergo specific training and also be certified by police. The Australian Security Industry Association, which says it represents around 85 per cent of the industry, is opposed to the proposed changes.
►In other news, students build a drone made to deliver humanitarian relief , and a company hopes to market it for just $2,500. ⇒ August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the AP reports. Sixty troops were killed, including 30 when a Chinook full of Navy Seals was shot down at the beginning of the month. ⇒ ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned and U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke has resigned effective immediately, after acknowledging mistakes in the “Fast and Furious” operation that lost track of weapons given to Mexican cartels.