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Protecting Federal Employees from an Active Shooter: The Role of the Interagency Security Committee

By Jerry Stanphill
Faculty Member, Security Management Program at American Military University

While an active shooter incident is the rarest form of workplace violence, advanced planning and preparation can help avoid such scenarios altogether. Many companies look at these incidents as a security issue whereas, in reality, it is the supervisor who is on the frontlines. Security teams generally get involved during or after an incident, but the supervisor is in a position to see the advance warning signs.

In nearly all cases of active shooter incidents, there are warning signs. A coworker may see the individual’s behavior has altered. Or, the possible shooter may engage in an unusually angry rant directed against the company or an employee.… Read the rest

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What’s New in Security Management? Professor Uses NYPD Training and Experience to Develop Interactive Class on Active Shooters, Campus Security

By Leischen Stelter

Dr. Yvette Aguiar knows the value of training—it helped save her life on September 11, 2001. Early in her 20-year career with the NYPD, she enrolled in a fire science training course that included an extensive discussion on the fire complexities of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex.

“I clearly remember the fire chief who taught the course. He was charged with fire operations at the WTC and at one point in the course described in detail the structure and architectural design of the South and North towers,” she said.

The buildings were designed with the main support running down the center of each building so if they were compromised the floors would collapse on top of each other, preventing a domino effect.… Read the rest

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Are TSA Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) an Integral Layer of Airport Security? GAO Doesn’t Think So

By Leischen Stelter

The recent shooting at LAX airport has reinvigorated the ongoing debate about the effectiveness of airport security. Some people think the TSA should create a class of armed officers with law enforcement training who have the authority to arrest people. Others advocate for stationing armed police officers at security checkpoints. The Los Angeles police chief has weighed in saying he wants more curbside camera surveillance systems to monitor people as they enter the airport.

So with all this debate revolving around guns, I was surprised to read that the issue at the center of the Nov. 14 House Subcommittee on Transportation Security had nothing to do with firearms or even ways to enhance airport security.… Read the rest

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Strategies for Transitioning from the Military or Law Enforcement into the Private Security Sector

By Leischen Stelter

During the 59th annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits on September 24–27 in Chicago, a panel of professionals discussed their experience transitioning from the military and/or law enforcement into the private sector. The panelists varied in their career stages, which provided attendees with different perspectives about the various challenges they will face when transitioning to a new career.

Meet the Panelists

Joe Kripp is preparing to transition after a 20+-year career as a high-ranking federal law enforcement officer (for an agency that cannot be disclosed for privacy reasons). He is only a few months away from mandatory retirement and shared the steps he’s taken to prepare for this career change.… Read the rest

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Is Government-Mandated Security a Good Thing?

By Jeffrey Hawkins

Last week I tweeted a news story reported by Security Director News about new security mandates by Prince George’s County in Maryland directed towards convenience stores and gas stations.

It wasn’t a long story and one that might just fly under the radar, but it raised some important questions about local, city, state or federal requirements for private businesses. Should government entities be able to require businesses—via a law or ordinance—to have some type of security measure in place?

The Maryland mandate was met with some resistance by business owners, but police and county officials noted that convenience stores and gas stations in their county accounted for 27% of all armed robberies in one month alone.… Read the rest

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