Daily Report – 6/19/17

Top Stories
Will congressman’s shooting change how we protect elected officials? – SecurityInfoWatch
The shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) along with several others at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia earlier this week has raised questions about what can be done to better protect lawmakers at all levels of government. The rampage by the gunman, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., harkened back memories of the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona at a political event in Tucson in January 2011, which resulted in the shooting deaths of six people and also left Giffords severely wounded. (read more)
 
Mali attack: ‘Two dead’ as suspected jihadists open fire on tourist resort Le Campement’ (Mali) – The Telegraph
Soldiers in Mali are attempting to end what appeared to be a terrorist attack on a resort popular with foreigners on the outskirts of the capital, Bamako. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Woodbury County Courthouse team will look at security in wake of gun laws (Sioux City, Iowa ) – Sioux City Journal
A Woodbury County panel will meet soon to determine if new measures are needed to beef up security at the county courthouse in the wake of expanded Iowa firearm rules takes effect in less than two weeks. (read more)
 
Local, state police ramp up security at summer events (Buffalo, N.Y.) – WIVB.com
In light of security threats around the world, New York State Police are stepping up enforcement efforts at events with large crowds. (read more)
 
Alderman Calls for Monitoring of Surveillance Information (St. Louis) – CBS St. Louis
With the growing number of security cameras, a St. Louis Alderman wants to make sure someone’s watching the watchers. Alderman Terry Kennedy says the potential for abuse is there. (read more)
 
O’Fallon Looks at City Hall Security (O’Fallon, Ill.) – CBS St. Louis
It may have been a member of congress who was shot last week, but even before this tragedy, local governments have focused on security needs. (read more)
 
Congressional Security Details Remain Murky – Roll Call
The special agents who protect congressional leaders are a constant, anomalous presence in the Capitol, a suit-wearing, grim-visaged, hand gun-carrying force that follows at least the top nine members of the federal legislative branch as they travel to, from and in Washington and their home districts or states. They have the same duties as their counterparts in the executive branch, the Secret Service, and none of the publicity.  (read more)
 
No security detail for most members of Congress – WUSA9.com
Nine members of Congress and senators are protected by traveling Capitol Police bodyguards. The rest are on their own. (read more)
Campus Security
Northwestern Michigan College Adding Campus Security Cameras (Traverse City, Mich.) – CBS Detroit
Northwestern Michigan College is nearly doubling the number of on-campus security cameras amid reports of increased crime on college campuses nationwide. (read more)
 
East Central Beefs Up Security on Campus – Project Funded by Security Fee (Union, Mo.) – eMissourian.com
East Central College will upgrade its surveillance program at its main campus in Union over the summer. (read more)
Transportation Security
School bus technology enhances safety and accountability (Youngstown, Ohio) – Vindy.com
The Youngstown City School District is introducing a host of electronic technologies designed to enhance safety and accountability in its transportation system that daily serves some 7,000 public and parochial school students during the regular school year. (read more)
TSA tests new 3D scanner to speed up US airport security (Phoenix) – TR Business
A new state-of-the-art technology prototype computer using 3D tomography scanning is being tested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in partnership with American Airlines. (read more)
Biometrics
Rapid DNA technology verifies relationships after mass casualty events – Homeland Security News Wire
Rapid DNA technology developed by DHS S&T has recently been used to identify simulated “victims” in several mass casualty exercises across the United States. The technology greatly expedites the testing of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the only biometric that can accurately verify family relationships. (read more)
Security Industry
Homeland Security Looks to Security Industry to Solve Toughest Challenges – SDM
In a Security Industry Association (SIA) blog, Daniel Conway, communications and outreach manager, DHS Science & Technology (S&T) directorate, reported that the Department of Homeland Security developed a close working relationship with the security industry, stating that the relationships help ensure the research and development investments DHS S&T makes today can withstand tomorrow’s challenges. (read more)
 
Vivint Smart Home Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for New Innovation Campus – Security Sales & Integration
Vivint Smart Home hosted a ribbon-cutting this week to celebrate the opening of a new campus in Logan, Utah. (read more)

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