10/29/2007 - When Massachusetts opened its Fusion Center in October 2004, it became the seventh state to set up this type of information-sharing facility, intended to improve cooperation among federal, state and local agency personnel in the state. Major Robert Smith, deputy commander in the Massachusetts State Police, talked with Security Management about information sharing. Following are highlights from the conversation. (His remarks have been paraphrased to accommodate the magazine’s space limitations.)
10/29/2007 - When it comes to defending against suicide bombers and other terrorist tactics, the United States has much to learn from other countries that have developed effective measures through years of painful experience. With that in mind, a group of private security professionals and state and local law enforcement officials recently traveled to Israel and took part in an intensive seven-day training program hosted by Security Solutions International (SSI), a security training company located in Miami, Florida.
10/04/2007 - The actions TSA has taken to develop guidance and standards for flight and cabin crew security training and to measure the effectiveness of such mandatory training are reviewed in a GAO report.
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The number of supplemental grants given to fire departments around the country by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The supplemental funding makes nearly $4 million available to help local fire departments and emergency medical services programs pay for training programs, safety equipment, and response vehicles.
10/04/2007 - Specially trained border patrol officers have long been authorized to issue removal orders so that illegal immigrants not seeking asylum get deported without a hearing. Called “expedited removal,” the authority previously applied in only three U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Sectors across the southwest border. It has now been expanded to nine.