Morning Security Brief: City Benefits from Super Bowl Security, Mayor Closes Homeland Security Office, Insider Trading, and More
Indianapolis gets to keep at the gadgets brought in to secure the Super Bowl. A mayor dissolves his city's homeland security department. Lawmakers move to curb insider trading. And more.
►High-tech equipment installed in Indianapolis to secure the Super Bowl will remain in the city for future use. The network of 85 new surveillance cameras and the $18 million command center and its technology, including a mass evacuation system, will be used by local law enforcement. “Officials said the computer equipment and software left behind by Homeland Security is worth millions of dollars and will afford Indianapolis’ local law enforcement agencies more time to focus on fighting crime rather than tight budgets,” RTV6 reports.
►Also in Indiana, a mayor, without warning, dissolves his city’s homeland security department citing budget constraints. “Tom Henry, the mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, sent a letter to county officials notifying them of the city’s plans to end its agreement to share in the costs of the local homeland security department,” writes Homeland Security News Wire. Law enforcement officials say it comes as a surprise because they never had any negative feedback about the program. “No other city has a homeland security director,” Henry said. “The city is going to save money. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
►The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to stop insider trading by lawmakers and other government officials. “The House voted 417-2 to pass the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, even though it did not include a provision to impose new regulations on Washington insiders who collect ‘political intelligence’ from lawmakers and sell it to Wall Street. The Senate version included this proposal,” Reuters reports.
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