Morning Security Brief: Police Complaints, 911 Outage Blamed on Verizon, Food Import Security, and More
Police complaints drop in Denver. Officials in Pennsylvania say equipment by Verizon caused their latest 911 center outage – the third in two weeks. The CDC says as imports increase, more outbreaks are being linked to imported food. And more.
►Complaints against Denver police are down 21 percent, according to an annual report by the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Citizen Oversight Board. The top three reasons for complaints against police were rudeness, improper procedure, and inappropriate or unnecessary force. The new police chief, who has been on the job just nine weeks, hopes that increased courtesy training will help gain more trust from the communities they patrol. “We are going to do some extensive training at the first-level supervisory role. I think they are in the greatest position to make sure we are being respectful, responsive and courteous. I think you will see us doing stuff differently," Denver Police Chief Robert White told the Denver Post.
►An outage on Sunday was the third in the last two weeks for a Hempfield, Pennsylvania, 911 dispatch center. Sporadic outages on Sunday caused dispatchers to switch to handheld radios for 15 minutes to communicate with emergency response personnel. “Commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney said Tuesday that a review of operations determined a glitch that affected communications on Sunday and last Thursday was caused by equipment provided by Verizon -- not related to internal software and other county computer system failures,” the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Two weeks ago the 911 center lost power for almost 10 minutes after backup power failed to start up after electricity at the center was taken offline to repair a generator.
►CDC research says outbreaks linked to imported foods are increasing and nearly half of them implicated foods from areas that had previously not been associated with outbreaks. From 2005 – 2010, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to imported food from 15 countries. Of those outbreaks, nearly half occurred in 2009 and 2010. “As our food supply becomes more global, people are eating foods from all over the world, potentially exposing them to germs from all corners of the world, too,” said Hannah Gould, an epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. The newly enacted FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a major step in establishing a prevention based food safety system that would address domestic as well as imported foods.
►Animals rights activists in Ireland have been using surveillance drones to expose the illegal practice of badger baiting in remote areas. ♦ The ATF releases a profile of the attacker who targeted Ohio attorney Erik Chappell and his children with an IED as he drove to a football practice in Monroe, Michigan, last fall. Chappell and his two sons were injured in the blast, but not killed. The ATF says use of both shrapnel and command detonation show that the bomber “held such a grievance toward the victim, Chappell, that he or she was willing to kill him and innocent children to exact his or her revenge.” ♦ And scientist are still trying to figure out what is producing a strange foam in manure pits at Midwestern hog farms that is causing explosions.