Daily Report – 1/3/18

Top Stories
1,500 more security barriers are going up in busy parts of New York City (New York) – CNN
New York City plans to install more than 1,500 protective barriers in high-profile locations to guard against vehicle attacks and other terror-related incidents. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Trump’s Travel Ban Made Homeland Security Deploy ‘Crisis’ Team to Manage Confusion, Documents Show – Newsweek
President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries caused so much chaos in airports nationwide that the Department of Homeland Security sent a crisis action team to make sense of it, a report revealed Tuesday. (read more)
 
Las Vegas Installs 800 Safety Posts Along Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas) – Security Magazine
The city of Las Vegas has installed 800 steel posts between the street and sidewalks along the Las Vegas Strip to increase pedestrian safety. (read more)
 
Memphis nonprofit may outsource upkeep, security of parks once home to Confederate statues (Memphis, Tenn.) – Commercial Appeal
Memphis Greenspace Inc., the nonprofit that bought two city parks and removed their Confederate monuments last month, is in negotiations to outsource the security and maintenance of the Downtown parks, president Van Turner said Tuesday. (read more)
 
First responder network goes nationwide – SecurityInfoWatch
First responders across the nation now have a wireless broadband network to call their own.  With all 50 states, two U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. joining FirstNet, public safety has a groundbreaking new choice for their communications that will help them save lives and protect their communities. (read more)
 
Subterranean Challenge: Revolutionizing underground capabilities – Homeland Security News Wire
Underground settings are becoming increasingly relevant to global security and safety. Rising populations and urbanization are requiring military and civilian first responders to perform their duties below ground in human-made tunnels, underground urban spaces, and natural cave networks. Recognizing that innovative, enhanced technologies could accelerate development of critical lifesaving capabilities, DARPA two weeks ago announced its newest challenge: the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. (read more)
 
Pittsburgh Readies To Expand Camera, Gunshot Surveillance City-Wide (Pittsburgh) – WESA.fm
Starting this year, neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh are expected to get more surveillance cameras and gunshot detection devices, also known as ShotSpotter. (read more)
 
Cameras to keep watch on Norwich Street (Brunswick, Ga.) – The Brunswick News
Cameras are going up on Norwich Street in Brunswick after business owners suggested surveillance cameras and increased lighting as a way to spur positive growth along the corridor. (read more)
Campus Security
Security guard foils ATM robbery attempt at northwest Houston hospital (Houston) – Click2Houston.com
Employees at a northwest Houston hospital were left to clean up a mess Tuesday after a group tried to steal an ATM. (read more)
Univ. of Wyo. Warned of Colo. Gunman Months Before Deadly Shooting – Campus Safety
The Colorado gunman who ambushed local deputies on December 31, killing one and injuring six others, was the subject of a warning issued by University of Wyoming officials just two months prior regarding suspicious social media posts by the former student. (read more)
EDITORIAL New system at hospital gives parents peace of mind (Washington, Pa.) – Observer-Reporter
Anyone who has gone through the experience can tell you that having a baby – particularly if it’s your first one – is an acutely stressful experience. Along with all the exhilaration of new parenthood, there is a whole raft of concerns that come with that bundle of joy, whether it’s worries about their health or the impact a growing child will have on a household budget. (read more)
 
Transportation Security
Oakland International Airport Selected as TSA Innovation Site (Oakland, Calif.) – Security Magazine
The Oakland International Airport has been selected as an official Innovation Task Force Site. (read more)
 
Extra police at Philly, N.J. transit hubs after NYC pipe bomb incident – Kaplan Herald
Philadelphia police bolstered its presence at the city’s transit hubs on Monday after an attempted terroristic attack on the New York City subway system. (read more)
 
Facial scans at U.S. airports violate Individuals’ privateness, report says – Kaplan Herald
A new report concludes that a Department of Homeland Security pilot program improperly gathers data on Americans when it requires passengers embarking on foreign flights to undergo facial recognition scans to ensure they haven’t overstayed visas. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Raleigh Police Department’s Body Camera Plan Approved by City Council (Raleigh, N.C.) – Spectrum News
The Raleigh Police Department is about to get equipped with some new technology. (read more)
Security Industry
SIA Succeeds in Getting Key Provision Added to Tax Reform Law – SecurityInfoWatch
The newly enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implements tax reform to lower the after-tax cost of security and fire protection systems for small- and medium-sized businesses. (read more)

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