Daily Report – 2/20/17

Top Stories
Homeland Security Memos Detail How Trump Could Detain and Deport – NBC News
Two memos written by the Department of Homeland Security would expand federal authorities’ powers to detain and deport undocumented immigrants within the United States. (read more)
 
Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airport (Honolulu) – NY Daily News
A man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Democrats ask for hearings involving Trump’s smartphone security – The Washington Times
President Trump’s purportedly lax security practices are the subject of a letter sent from more than a dozen congressional Democrats this week to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (read more)
 
DeVos gets beefed-up security – Politico
The U.S. Marshals Service has taken the unusual step of providing a protective detail to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who emerged from a contentious nomination process as a lightning rod of controversy. (read more)
 
Authorities ‘strongly encourage’ House members to review security plans before week of town halls – Fox News
House lawmakers are being told by law enforcement to maintain “enhanced security awareness” as they return to their home districts for a week — following several raucous town hall meetings in which congressional Republicans were ripped over plans to dismantle ObamaCare and other GOP initiatives. (read more)
 
Crime in parks has Miss. cities looking to surveillance (Tupelo, Miss.) – SecurityInfoWatch
Vandalism, burglaries and even a shooting have forced Tupelo and Saltillo to look at placing security cameras in city parks. (read more)
Bulletproof origami shield to protect law enforcement – Homeland Security News Wire
BYU engineering professors have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. (read more)
 
Aerial surveillance by Baltimore police has promise, should be studied more, report concludes (Baltimore) – SecurityInfoWatch
Footage collected as part of a secret aerial surveillance program in Baltimore last year supplied police with hundreds of potential leads in an array of crimes and significantly advanced investigations of seven shootings and three homicides, according to a new analysis of the program. (read more)
 
Security cameras fail in Metro Corrections, officers complain of safety concerns (Louisville, Ky.) – WHAS11.com
Metro Corrections is under fire again. This time the complaint is from the men and women who work inside. (read more)
Campus Security
Miami-Dade schools moving toward body cameras for police (Miami-Dade County, Fla.) – SecurityInfoWatch
The Miami-Dade school district is considering whether to outfit schools police with body-worn cameras that would record their encounters with students. (read more)
Spate of campus sexual-assault reports prompts post from UI police (Urbana, Ill.) – The News-Gazette
Three campus sexual assaults in a little over a week – all by someone known to the victims – have prompted University of Illinois police to send out a Q&A to parents and students about how those reports are handled. (read more)
 
New bill requires Pa. public schools to conduct annual security drills (Pennsylvania) – Pocono Record
At the Wallenpaupack Area School District, officials are far too aware of the violent incidents that’s happened over the years in America’s educational buildings, classrooms or other locations on or near campus. (read more)
Transportation Security
New standard WA driver’s licenses still won’t get you through airport security after changes (Washington) – MYNorthwest.com
Washington driver’s licenses are getting an upgrade, but they still won’t help you get through the airport. (read more)
ABQ bus driver: City misled public about onboard violence, security (Albuquerque, N.M.) – KOB.com
On the same day that Albuquerque police released shocking security camera footage of a vicious stabbing on board a city bus, another transit employee is speaking out about the dangers of working on board. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
I-Team: Majority of Cincinnati police still skeptical of body-worn cameras (Cincinnati) – WCPO.com
Law enforcement is like the old adage about sausage, Sgt. Dan Hils said: People like the outcome, but they don’t like to see how it’s done. (read more)
Sheriff’s office buys deputies new body cams (Coshocton, Ohio) – Coshocton Tribune
County Sheriff Timothy Rogers said he believes that voluntarily providing his deputies with body cameras, though a bit of a “financial burden,” is “a positive step forward” that follows a national trend. (read more)
Security Industry
Has the video surveillance industry ‘jumped the shark’? – SecurityInfoWatch
The video surveillance industry has seen strong, sustained growth over the past decade due primarily to the continued adoption of high resolution IP cameras in greater and greater numbers; however, the mood of the market has become increasingly dreary of late as the trend of hardware commoditization has begun to eat into the profit margins of vendors and systems integrators alike. While many companies have begun slashing prices to stay competitive, the fact remains that trying to compete on price alone is simply not a viable, long-term strategy for organizations that want to experience growth or even remain relevant. The question then becomes how can a company differentiate itself and create value for customers beyond mere cost considerations? (read more)
Security, Utilities Devices Will Fuel Smart Home Unit Sales to 1.4 Billion by 2021, Report Says – Security Sales & Integration
Smart home households are forecast to increase more than fivefold from 90 million in 2016 to 463 million in 2021, according to new report by Ovum. That marks a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39% during the forecast period. (read more)

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