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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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

Fire safety

- Nursing home fires in Hartford, Connecticut, and Nashville, Tennessee, last year killed 31 residents. As old facilities grandfathered from federal fire-safety standards on new facilities, neither had sprinkler systems. The GAO has called for the federal government to work with the National Fire Protection Association to strengthen fire-safety standards and to improve oversight of nursing home fire safety, such as by reviewing exemptions granted to facilities without sprinklers.

First responders

- No one is really sure how interoperable public safety wireless communications systems are with one another. The DHS intends to do a survey on the topic, with results available by next year. In the meantime, the GAO suggests that the federal government develop national requirements and a national architecture for such systems, create nationwide databases, and provide financial and technical support to states and localities to help them make their systems interoperable. For their part, states should establish bodies to develop interoperability improvement plans.

Cargo Security Still Stalling

- Despite increased attention, cargo security is still sorely lacking, according to cargo industry executives. A recent survey, shows that 62 percent of executives named background checks of workers and drivers as a very important measure, but only 14 percent said that industry performance in this arena was excellent. The disparity between importance and performance was vast for the other nine measures listed as well, such as cargo inspection (41 percent said it was very important, while only 4 percent gave the industry high marks on that measure) and improved operational procedures (50 percent versus 2 percent). More information on the survey of 103 executives, conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Deloitte & Touche LLP, can be obtained by contacting Deloitte via SM Online.

Motion Detection on the Move

- Wide-area video trends.

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- Revenues from CCTV and fire-detection equipment will drive a booming industrial and commercial security market in Central and Eastern Europe through 2010, forecasts Frost & Sullivan. But security market leaders such as Siemens, Bosch, Tyco, and Honeywell "are likely to be challenged by the interest in cheaper products of lower quality offered by local and Asian manufacturers," according to a Frost & Sullivan statement.

Nonlethal Weapon Aims for Acceptance

- This product, like stun guns and pepper spray and other options on the market, is meant to give security and law enforcement officers a choice that is not a lethal weapon.

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