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Show No Fear

- Presenting a calm exterior is the key to success in this eight-step approach to de-escalating a threatening situation.

GPS Tracks Journey

- 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.

Secret Service Does Its Share

- 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.

Identifying and Exploring Security Essentials

- 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.

What's the Value of Training Time?

- Many cities are considering bills that would mandate minimum training hours for security officers. Quality is not discussed, and that's a mistake.

Security Consulting, Third Edition

- 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.

Checking the Checkers

- The background screening company you hire should be thoroughly vetted.

Essentials of the Reid Technique: Criminal Interrogation and Confessions

- 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.

Vaulting into Digital Video

- How a company made the move to a PC-based digital CCTV solution that made viewing and storing images easier tasks.

Aviation security

- 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.

Chaos Organization and Disaster Management

- 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.

Have Passport, Will Travel: Field Notes for the Modern Bodyguard.

- Paul Markel, a former U.S. marine, ex-police officer, and current executive protection agent, has written an advice book for fledgling bodyguards. The book covers critical topics such as communications, confrontation, defensive tools, professionalism, legal issues, intelligence gathering, and foreign travel. It is not detailed enough to be considered a textbook on executive protection, but it probably was not meant to be.

Background screening

- The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that an airport authority did not violate a prospective security officer’s privacy rights when it conducted two background checks on him and then terminated him for a 30-year-old arrest. (Barr v. Great Falls International Airport Authority, Montana Supreme Court, No. 03-536, 2005).

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