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- 7 Percent of calls to U.S. fire departments in 2003 that were made to report actual fires. The vast majority of calls to fire departments, according to the National Fire Protection Association, sought medical assistance, while false alarms accounted for one out of every ten calls.

Getting to “I Confess”

- In an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Special Agent Brian Parsi Boetig explains how, in employing those methods, interrogators can use “criminological theories of deviance” to help gain confessions. For example, the “rational choice” theory posits that people do what’s in their self-interest.

Forgers Born, Not Made?

- School children are told that “practice makes perfect,” in skills such as penmanship. When it comes to amateur forgeries, however, that bit of childhood wisdom might not hold true.

Digital Video May Have Its Day in Court

- Digital video may get its day in court. Plus, terrorist incidents by region, document forgers, iris scanning in school, and ways to gain confessions.

Can Your Business Withstand a Flu Pandemic?

- What businesses can do to prepare for the business continuity and security implications of a flu pandemic before it hits. (Online Exclusive)

Guarding Against Fatigue

- Strategies from the elite Escuela Campo Alegre for combating security guard fatigue. (Online Exclusive)

Jargon Watch

- Jargon Watch

Did You Know That?

- The United States currently accounts for slightly more than half of the global homeland security market, but by 2014 its share will have slipped to 42 percent, according to the Homeland Security Corporation, a market research firm.

Did You Know That?

- Cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., have a reputation for high crime.

Numbers

- 600 In billions of dollars, the estimated annual global trade in illegitimate (counterfeited and pirated) goods, according to Interpol and the World Customs Organization. That’s up from $5.5 billion in 1982.

Secure Flight Encountering Turbulence

- Several government groups have raised concerns about the viability of the latest proposals for passenger prescreening.

The Case Against Star Wars

- It’s been 20 years since a weapon was tested in space—the so-called “Star Wars” program of the Reagan Administration. Now, the president has revived the notion of space weapons, as embodied in an Air Force strategy to “dominate” space, through the use of weapons. Scholars at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank, warn that militarizing outer space will create a galaxy of problems. A Stimson Center guide addressing these issues says that if the United States tests space weapons, “others will follow.” And if a space-arms race occurs, satellites could be easily destroyed by space weapons, which would lead to major disruption because satellites play a central role in government, the military, business, and emergency operations. @ Get Space Security or Space Weapons? a guide to the issues via SM Online.

Did You Know That?

-  Revenue from sales of chemical and biological detectors surged past $700 million in 2006, and is projected by forecaster Frost & Sullivan to reach $952 million in 2011. Purchases by the U.S. military have driven, and are expected to continue driving, these numbers.
 




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