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The Stages of Planning and Securing Large-Scale Events

By Matt Loux
Faculty Member, Security Management at American Military University

Large international events such as the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil cause a myriad of security concerns. The World Cup security plan is set to include about 170,000 security members with a cost of nearly $800 million dollars. In planning for such events, we cannot forget the Munich 1972 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic tragedies and the ongoing risks of terrorist attacks. Therefore, the international exchange of best practices is essential to the process in an effort to address such threats and vulnerabilities.

Pre-Planning Process
This stage usually takes place 12 to 18 months prior to the event.… Read the rest

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The Role of Airport Police and Security

 

By Jeffrey Hawkins

Security in U.S. airports continues to be a concern as well as a large expense for law enforcement, DHS, and the general public.

I have written and lectured a lot about the obsession of passenger screening since 9/11 and the fact that we are not paying attention to other areas of the airport – be it cars crashing through security gates onto runways or not paying attention to all the people before they pass through TSA checkpoints.

We have not witnessed many attacks inside U.S. airport terminals before the security checkpoints, but there have been a few.… Read the rest

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The Pope, Personal Security, and Risks to Others

By Jeffrey Hawkins

If you have been following the news in the last few months you probably have witnessed the “New World” Pope Francis and his approach to being Pope; it is obvious he wants to be known as the “people’s Pope” and shed all the “pomp and circumstance” of most of his predecessors.

If I were in charge of his security I think I would have to quit.… Read the rest

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Protecting Children In Schools Is Critical; But Newtown Residents Say Not If They Have To Pay For It

By Jeffrey Hawkins

There is probably not a person in this country that was not heartbroken by the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

The following outrage was appropriate; we expected people in this country to come together and demand solutions to protect all our children in their schools.

Of course “how” to protect them soon turned very political with demands about gun restrictions, gun bans, background checks, and all out banning of certain weapons and magazines.

Some of the parents of the victims were carted around by the President to make speeches about what must be done to protect our children (gun control) and the Vice President said everyone should get a shotgun, like he has for his wife.… Read the rest

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Where Are The Risks At Airports: Are The Basics Of Perimeter Protection Being Ignored?

By Jeffrey A. Hawkins

Almost every day there is a news report about airport security passenger screening and the TSA.

Today there is an article “Memphis airport security no longer will confiscate Elvis Presley snow globes” – I kid you not, this is a serious airport security policy issue because the TSA were confiscating 20 to 30 Elvis snow globes a month at Memphis International Airport.

Back in March of this year, I wrote an article highlighting something that I felt was of a more serious nature when a drunk driver being chased by police crashed through an airport gate and drove onto active runways at Philadelphia International Airport.… Read the rest

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