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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.

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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.

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Airport security line of people

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.

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Panelists (from left to right): Joe Kripp, Raleigh Rhodes, Brian Gallagher and moderator, Jeffrey Hawkins.

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.

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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.

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