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VIP Protection: Keeping Security Out of the Limelight

- As the BP oil spill demonstrated, private security should never become part of the story. In January's online exclusive, security professional David L. Johnson outlines how executive protection agents can manage the press so each can go about their craft without confrontation.

Inmates Use Smuggled Mobile Devices to Make Their Voices Heard

- The ability of U.S. prisoners to get their hands on powerful, Web-connected smartphones has U.S. prisons worried and seeking ways to keep the devices out of inmates' hands or render them inoperable.

VIP Protection: Why Guards Have to Be Media Savvy

- Learning how to navigate the frenzied waters of today's press corps is a critical part of executive protection today.

VIP Press Coverage and Executive Protection

- Protective services agents play a greater role in how their VIP is perceived by the press than they know. Here are some tips for how protective service agents can ensure that the press gets access without endangering the VIP, so everyone can do their job. (Online Exclusive)  

State Legislation: Hawaii: Guard Training

- A new law (formerly S.B. 2165) in Hawaii sets out training, testing, and continuing education requirements for security guards and those “acting in a guard capacity.” Before starting work as a security guard, individuals must complete eight hours of classroom instruction, pass a written exam, and undergo four hours of on-the-job training. All guards must also undergo a federal criminal background check.

Contractors Sign Private Security Contractor Code of Conduct

- A voluntary international code of conduct for private security companies is an initiative to improve oversight and accountability to an industry marred by allegations of human rights abuses.

VIEWPOINT: The Free-Market Solution to America's Policing Crisis

- The Great Recession has led some cities to experiment with civilian police employees and privatized police for lower-level policing tasks, but only one embraces the efficiency of the free market.

Study: Florida Armed Security Officers Need More Demanding Firearm Training

- A study looking over 8 years of security officer gun discharges finds approximately 50 percent were accidental or irresponsible.

Is the Security Industry Shooting in the Dark? Lessons from Florida

- A study of security officer firearms discharges in the state of Florida demonstrate armed security officers need more demanding training. (Online Exclusive)

Security Officers

- A New Jersey prosecutor has dismissed a felony assault charge against a security guard. The guard was indicted after a scuffle at his workplace resulted in an injury to a thief who had come to rob the facility. Recordings of the guard’s 911 calls led prosecutors to rethink the charge. Read the New Jersey prosecutor’s petition to dismiss the case.

Online Review: Advance: The Guide for Conducting a Protective Security Advance

- An overview of the most important and useful skill performed by a protective services agent.

Stun-gun Use Again Under Scrutiny in U.S. and England

- The use of stun guns is again a hot topic after three high-profile incidents in the past week, one involving the nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Is "Observe and Report" Good Policy?

- After a high-profile incident in the Seattle area, should the security guard industry reevaluate its policy of "observe and report"?
 




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