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Information Sharing

- A new secure Department of Homeland Security Web site called Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) is open to approved emergency response providers and homeland security officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

World Trade Center

- Though it will not issue any recommendations until it releases a draft of the final investigation report in December, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been making solid technical progress in its probe of the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse.

CPPs Embracing Business Principles

- A new study of Certified Protection Professionals (CPPs) finds that they place a high priority on the need to master business practices that boost the bottom line, such as budget management skills. Information security was also rated as important. For more information, contact Daphne Philos at

The Young and the Restive

- The question was recently asked by the World Health Organization to determine the extent to which youth violence is a normal aspect of human development and the extent to which it is influenced by culture. As to how often they got into scrapes with other adolescents, the teenagers from the United States, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, and Sweden had basically the same rates. But the prevalence of school bullying in the five countries varied greatly. SM Online has a summary of the study.

The New Security Universe

- The Galileo system is just one development identified by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that will influence the immediate future of the security industry and the direction of what the OECD calls in a new report "the security economy." The report examines current and emerging security trends and their potential economic implications.

NIST Gives Fingerprint Systems a Whorl

- A testing body's attempt to clarify which fingerprint products perform best has devolved to fingerpointing. Recent testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that NEC Corporation, Groupe SAGEM, and Cogent Systems produce the most accurate fingerprint matching, identification, and verification systems. But the results of the testing, which evaluated 34 products from 18 vendors, also yielded objections from companies that didn't fare as well.

Prescription fraud

- Besides the effect that drug abuse can have on family, business, and friends, prescription fraud bilks Medicaid and insurance companies out of rightful payments. When doctors and pharmacists are duped, it taints their reputation and may expose them to legal or professional sanctions. A recent addition to the Problem-Specific Guide Series of the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) explains the problem of prescription fraud and identifies tactics, offenders, and abused drugs. It also helps communities deal with their local prescription-fraud problem.

Community policing

- With some Muslim and Arab communities feeling under siege from U.S. security and law enforcement, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) has been hosting law enforcement and multicultural community leaders to discuss how to prevent terrorist attacks and threats while respecting the rights and dignity of individuals. In a recent report, PERF offered various recommendations for balancing the two objectives. For example, law enforcement must learn about cultural sensitivities, traditions, and religions of diverse communities to engender trust, the paper suggests. It should also be aware of, and possibly participate in, community rallies, religious gatherings, and unity celebrations to better understand these cultures and religions. In addition, law enforcement should identify people and places susceptible to hate crimes and assess environmental design and other security factors to prevent these crimes. Further, the paper recommends, campus police should enter into mutual-aid agreements with local, state, and federal law enforcement to share resources on hate crimes and to coordinate operations during a crisis. @ Protecting Your Community from Terrorism: Strategies for Local Law Enforcement, Volume 2: Working with Diverse Communities is on SM Online.


- A new secure Department of Homeland Security RFID has been touted as one of the most promising technologies for large-scale tracking and security of products. The Product Safety Task Force (PSTF), a coalition of businesses involved in the healthcare supply chain, now says that an RFID-based "electronic track-and-trace system" could be used to improve security in, and thwart counterfeiting of, pharmaceuticals. While bar codes might be used as an interim step, RFID transponders, or tags, would eventually be placed on all individual products, according to a PSTF white paper. "Serialized product 'license plates'" would uniquely identify items throughout the supply chain, allowing items to be traced from point of manufacture on, allowing the verification of a product's authenticity.

Did You Know That?

- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a DVD on preventing work-related homicides. Among other material, it contains a training program and OSHA guidelines. @ To download it or request a free hard copy  go to SM Online.

Did You Know That?

- Nearly 80 percent of respondents to a recent survey conducted by the American Society of Safety Engineers reported that they don't have a written workplace violence policy. Another 19 percent failed to indicate whether they had such a policy. Only about a quarter of respondents said that they planned to develop such a policy. However, 90 percent indicated that their organizations have written policies on weapons in the workplace. @ A summary of the survey is on SM Online.

Did You Know That?

- The security certification industry gets increasingly competitive as organizations target subsectors of the industry. The Security & Loss Prevention Management Council of American Trucking Associations is taking the wraps off a new Certified Cargo Security Professional (CCSP) designation, which will require applicants to pass a multiple-choice exam and obtain continuing education credits. @ Link through SM Online for more information.

Protection Goes Beyond Prayer

- Many churches are still unaware of the risks they face, so while preachers and pastors deliver the spiritual message to churchgoers, Jeff Hanna is on the much more earthbound mission of raising security consciousness at churches. His firm, the GuideOne Center for Risk Management Church and School Division, which provides insurance for 50,000 churches across the United States, has declared October "Church Safety and Security Month." The company is making available security resources on its Web site.

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