State | Local Security
Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.
GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala
Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.
The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.
The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.
Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.
Alan Avidan, President, indicates that OzVision is pushing the forefront of hosted video services for dealers and users. The company’s government market includes military bases, government facilities, and national monuments such as the Washington Monument, the State of Liberty and Ford’s Theater. Avidan calls for dealers and central services to join in the hosted video movement, which he describes as the future of the industry.
Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.
March 30 – Early Monday morning, two men drove a stolen vehicle into a National Security Agency (NSA) police vehicle at the agency’s Fort Meade, MD headquarters. The two men, dressed as women, ignored commands to cease and desist. NSA agents opened fire, killing one man and wounding the other. The wounded man and an NSA officer were sent to the hospital due to their injuries.
March 30 – CNL Software, a provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, and Edge360, a provider of Safe City security solutions, will be presenting two exclusive Safe City sessions at ISC West 2015. The sessions will especially benefit those involved with city surveillance programs, policing, security consultancy, homeland security, law enforcement or system integration.
Washington, D.C., March 30 – The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced the launch of a new resource for law enforcement and corrections officers when seeking information on high-quality, life-saving equipment. PoliceArmor.org, a product of OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) features news and information on body armor that meets the standards set forth by NIJ.
Newtown, CT, March 27 – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a new resource, the "How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety" video. The video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, encourages parents to have "the talk" about firearm safety with their kids sooner rather than later, and provides tips for how to have a helpful discussion.