Daily Report – 11/8/17

Top Stories
Four security officers at federal site arrested, accused of extorting fellow guard (Silver Spring, Md.) – The Washington Post
Four security officers at a government facility were arrested Tuesday after allegedly demanding payouts from other guards in exchange for passing marks on their mandatory weapons recertifications, authorities said. (read more)
 
Texas church massacre a wake-up call for houses of worship – SecurityInfoWatch
Following Sunday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded, questions immediately began to swirl – as they typically do following active shooter events – about what houses of worship need to do to mitigate similar incidents moving forward. After all, mass shootings at churches are not unprecedented. Just two years ago, nine people were shot to death by a white supremacist during a bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
4 NH locations subject of Homeland Security probe (New Hampshire) – New Hampshire Union Leader
Investigators from several law enforcement agencies descended on locations in Exeter, Londonderry, Plaistow and Salem Tuesday as part of a criminal probe by the federal Department of Homeland Security. (read more)
 
NYC attack prompts installation of concrete barriers along bike path (New York) –  SecurityInfoWatch
Transportation advocates are fuming over the “haphazard” placement of concrete barriers along the West Street bike path in the wake of the deadly terror attack along the greenway earlier this week. (read more)
 
How to protect yourself during a mass shooting – Chicago Tribune
After shots were fired at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people were killed in Sunday’s mass shooting, Julius Kepper, who lives nearby, grabbed his gun and ran toward the sound of gunfire, according to the Wall Street Journal, where he saw another neighbor, also armed, confront the suspected killer. Kepper later said, “You just can’t conceive of this happening in a small town like this.” Carrie Matula, who works nearby, told NBC News “I never thought it would happen here,” adding, “This is something that happens in a big city.” (read more)
 
Security plans a must for any gathering place – The Register-Herald
While the debate on gun control and gun ownership will rage – with each side sharing some valid arguments and emotional viewpoints – no amount of argument will suddenly end the danger that exists from individuals with loaded guns who set out to cause death and destruction to assembled masses of people. (read more)
Campus Security
Holcomb passes bond issue for security measures (Holcomb, Kan.) – The Garden City Telegram
Schools in Holcomb USD 363 soon will see additional security measures, new storm shelters, as well as maintenance needs addressed after one of two school bond issues was was passed by Holcomb residents on Tuesday. (read more)
 
Former VSU Official Leaks Confidential 2014 Campus Security Report (Petersburg, Va.) – Campus Safety
In 2013, Virginia State University hired an independent consulting group to evaluate the school’s safety and security measures following the fatal shooting of a student at an off-campus housing complex. Now, following a recent bout of violence, a former VSU official has leaked the security review to a local newspaper. (read more)
Parents complain of lack of cameras in special needs classrooms (Clayton County, Ga.) – CBS46.com
The potential for abuse in special needs classrooms is a hot topic in one metro Atlanta school district. A year and a half after state leaders passed a new law allowing schools to install cameras in classrooms, some parents say educators haven’t done it. (read more)
SUNY Adirondack prepares to arm campus officers (Queensbury, N.Y.) – North County Public Radio
Some security officers at the State University of New York’s Adirondack campus could be carrying guns during the spring semester. (read more)
PT school district considers security camera policy (Port Townsend, Wash.) – PT Leader
Where school security cameras may be located, who is allowed access to video recordings and how long recordings are kept are a few of the issues that are to be addressed by a proposed Port Townsend School District policy on new school security cameras. (read more)
Pembroke Pines upgrading security at its 5 charter schools (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) – Sun Sentinel
Pembroke Pines is upgrading video surveillance at its five city-run charter schools, installing a $1.2 million digital system that will decrease blind spots and offer much clearer video. (read more)
Transportation Security
ART Project Increases Security (Albuquerque, N.M.) – KUNM.org
The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is looking to attract new riders. That means cameras: on buses, at ART stops, and at intersections. (read more)
Cyber Security
Security flaw may have exposed personal info on 21,000 Utah Express Pass users (Salt Lake City) – Desert News Utah
A vigilant UDOT Express Pass customer discovered a glaring security breach in the third-party website that manages pass accounts, but state officials don’t yet know if the personal information of approximately 21,000 current and former customers has been compromised. (read more)
Worship Security
‘We can’t close our doors’: Local churches unlikely to boost security in response to Texas shooting (Fargo, N.D.) – Inforum
While religious leaders in the Fargo-Moorhead area expressed shock at the mass shooting at a Baptist church in Texas, they said they did not expect the deadly event to change in any substantive way how they operate. (read more)
 
‘What duty does a church have to protect the people who are there?’ – The News & Observer
Trying to prevent incidents like Sunday’s mass shooting in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, congregations must balance two sometimes conflicting Biblical mandates. They want to be the shepherd protecting the flock, but they also want to welcome the stranger at the door. (read more)
Security Industry
IdentiSys Acquires Automated Card Systems to Grow Eastern Presence – Security Sales & Integration
IdentiSys, based here, has acquired Automated Card Systems (ACS) of Canonsburg, Pa., for undisclosed terms. The deal includes ACS’s eastern division, based in Havertown, Pa. (read more)

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