Security Services: International Security
11/29/2007 - Private security had to get up to speed fast in Iraq. The experience has yielded important lessons.
Book Reviews: Integrated Systems
11/28/2007 - For security to succeed, it must incorporate not just guards, guns, and gates, but other elements, in particular technology. In addition, all the factors must work together, without focus on individual parts at the expense of the whole. Electronic Security Systems: A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating and Selecting System Solutions fills that need, detailing all of the various components of a successful security system.
Security Services: Workplace Violence
11/27/2007 - Presenting a calm exterior is the key to success in this eight-step approach to de-escalating a threatening situation.
Case Study: Best Practices \ Case Studies
11/14/2007 - When Journey Security Services security guards witnessed a car accident while on patrol, they didn't have time to verify their coordinates and call 911. Instead the guards made a phone call to their supervisor, who tracked their precise location in seconds using the GPS tracking device in one guard's cell phone. The supervisor was able to call for an ambulance while the guards focused on helping the victims.
News & Trends: Public-Private Partnerships
11/13/2007 - Everyone's heard complaints about industry and government not sharing information with each other. So it's refreshing when word arises of effective communication between the public and private sectors. At January's inauguration of President Bush for his second term, the Secret Service's actions were a model of cooperation, according to private security companies with which they worked.
Book Reviews: Security Management
11/13/2007 - An associate professor of criminal justice, Mary Clifford has written a lengthy text that would be especially useful to students pursuing a career in security management. Chapters conclude with discussion and review questions designed to help readers understand the terms and concepts presented. These exercises and the practice scenarios contained in the book are best when considered in a group or classroom setting with an opportunity for feedback.
Security Services: Training
11/08/2007 - Many cities are considering bills that would mandate minimum training hours for security officers. Quality is not discussed, and that's a mistake.
Book Reviews: How-to
11/08/2007 - Sennewald divides security consulting into three specialties: security management consulting (covering issues such as organizational change and policy development), forensic consulting (such as analyzing evidence for lawsuits), and security technical or engineering consulting (which includes recommending equipment or hardware). The book explicitly focuses on the first two--Sennewald admits to having no technical experience--but the lessons from the book could apply to all three.
Security Services: Hiring \ Employment Issues
11/07/2007 - The background screening company you hire should be thoroughly vetted.
Book Reviews: Crime
11/07/2007 - Many experts consider the Reid Technique to be the leading method on interviewing and interrogation and Criminal Interrogation and Confessions to be the seminal textbook on the subject. Now the developers of the Reid Technique have created an abridged version of the classic textbook, called Essentials of the Reid Technique: Criminal Interrogation and Confessions.
Case Study: Best Practices \ Case Studies
11/06/2007 - How a company made the move to a PC-based digital CCTV solution that made viewing and storing images easier tasks.
News & Trends: Airport Security
11/06/2007 - Five Fs, 4 Ds, 3 Cs, and 2 Bs. If you brought home a report card like this when you were a kid, you’d be grounded. The U.S. aviation security industry just brought home those grades, but don’t expect planes to be grounded any time soon. The “teacher” handing out these dismal marks is the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), which brings together the 22,000-pilot-strong union membership of five airlines. The worst grades went to screening cargo, credentialing, crew training in self-defense, missile defense, and employee screening. In comments accompanying the report card, CAPA notes that “near total reliance” on the Known Shippers program for cargo screening is a “serious flaw.” Comments under credentialing note that the Transportation Security Administration has yet to deploy available biometric technology.
Here’s the breakdown of grades: Barely receiving a passing grade of D were perimeter security, threat intelligence, federal flight-deck officers on passenger planes, and federal flight-deck officers on cargo planes. Grades of C went to passenger screening, federal air marshals, and classroom training for crew. Faring best, with grades of B, were bag screening and passenger flight-deck doors. “The reinforced doors are installed and appear to be working well,” say the comments accompanying the report card.@ The comments and the report card can be accessed via SM Online.
Book Reviews: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/06/2007 - Kirschenbaum will make readers question their own motivations and choices. With that in mind, he leads readers down an avenue of constant exploration, probing the considerations of various stakeholders, the plethora of constraints on effective disaster management, and the bureaucratic inertia that can all too quickly subsume disaster management.