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Tue, 2014-11-04 04:39 PM

Rafael Garcia

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Rafael “Jorge” Garcia, Jr. assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ). Garcia most recently served as deputy...
Mon, 2014-11-03 05:58 PM
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as...
Mon, 2014-11-03 04:22 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers have arrested 62 criminal aliens, fugitives, and other immigration violators in central and south...
Sun, 2014-11-02 04:53 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced two new partnerships between the DHS Blue Campaign -- the unified voice for DHS’ efforts to combat human trafficking- - and the City of Phoenix...
Sun, 2014-11-02 03:39 PM
As part of Operation Predator, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) designed a smartphone last September to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators. Since...
Thu, 2014-10-30 02:44 PM
The Federal Protective Service has been directed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings in Washington...
Wed, 2014-10-29 04:23 PM
Many of the boardwalks in New Jersey that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy have been successfully rebuilt in the two years that have passed since the storm, according to the Federal...
Tue, 2014-10-28 05:15 PM

Robel Phillipos

Following an eight-day trial, a federal jury has convicted a college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for making false statements to investigators assigned to the FBI’s...
Tue, 2014-10-28 03:42 PM
In its investigation of five Metro-North accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has identified several recurring safety issues, including inadequate and ineffective track...
Tue, 2014-10-28 02:12 PM

Joseph Servidio

The 2014 LA/Long Beach PSOCE Conference, scheduled for November 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, CA will include a Feature Presentation by Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Commander of the...
Tue, 2014-10-28 01:40 PM

Denise Rucker Krepp

Over the past several days, governors in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Connecticut issued quarantine guidance for individuals who’ve been in contact with African Ebola patients. The state...
Mon, 2014-10-27 05:14 PM

Kevin Mcaleenan

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced on Monday the selection of Kevin K. McAleenan as the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and...

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In 2013, America’s poison centers managed 3.1 million calls, almost 8,400 per day on average, according to the recently published 31st Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System.
December 26 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. An estimated 230,000 people in 14 countries lost their lives in the disaster and immediate aftermath.
Byron Center, MI-based PRO-VISION, a provider of law enforcement recording systems, has developed an all new shoulder clip designed to hold the BODYCAM body-worn video camera steady while the operator is moving. Due to this increased control of the camera, the quality of video recorded is greatly improved."The new shoulder clip allows our customers to attach the BODYCAM to their uniform's epaulet and maintain a steady angle as they go about their day," said Sam Lehnert, marketing manager for PRO-VISION.
Working in conjunction with StopDUID.org, NMS Labs has released an updated compilation of the laws in all 50 states dealing with alcohol impaired driving and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). Dr. Barry Logan, vice president of Forensic Science Initiatives at NMS Labs, introduced the report saying, “There is a huge increase in awareness among lawmakers and the driving public about the influence of drugs on driving and the consequences of mixing drugs with alcohol.
Rochester, NY-based Harris Corporation has been awarded an $18 million initial order to provide the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with Harris Falcon III tactical vehicular radios and intercom systems. The Philippine Army will acquire the radios for its tactical communications modernization program. The order was received during the first quarter of fiscal 2015.
Hikvision is expanding the DarkFighter range of ultra-low-light surveillance cameras with the release of the DS-2DF8223I-AEL PTZ network camera. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras.
New Year’s Eve marks the busiest night of the year for illegal urban gunfire with a spike in gunfire incidents that last year accounted for 10.3 percent of the total for the entire quarter. Last year, there were 11,508 incidents in ShotSpotter areas in Q4 2013, and of those, 1,186 took place during the last six hours of the year.
San Jose, CA-based Arbor Solution has announced the introduction of the Gladius G0975 to its line of rugged tablets. The unit is ideal for mobile applications -- such as government, field service, transportation, mobile point of sale (mPOS) and logistics work involving forklift -- where multiple connectivity options are desired. Featuring a generous 9.7” XGA TFT color LCD with projected-capacitive touchscreen, the unit is available in both standard and sunlight-viewing versions.

Commentary and Opinions

One of the biggest challenges law enforcement officials face is dealing with gang-related activity. According to a report released by the National Gang Intelligence Center late last year, there are a more than 33,000 criminally active gangs with approximately 1.4 million members in the United States. That’s a 40 percent increase in gang membership in just two years.
High-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors are the recognized gold standard for detection and identification of characteristic gamma rays from nuclear or radiological sources. No other detector comes close to matching their extremely high resolution and sensitivity. However, until recently, their use outside the laboratory has been limited. A number of challenges had to be overcome before they could be deployed routinely in the field.
A widely held belief in the law enforcement community is that the more information sharing that takes place among different agencies, the better opportunities law enforcement officials have to connect the dots on possible criminal activity. Tips and leads, or Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) from citizens, can help piece together what otherwise might remain silos of pertinent clues or data -- never a connection to be made.
It’s a distressing feeling when you’re in the middle of an unfolding disaster, and suddenly it hits you -- your plans and resources are being overwhelmed by the event. At this point or soon thereafter, you’ll likely ask yourself a series of questions: How and when will we re-establish services for customers and employees? What will this disaster cost us in terms of revenue, reputation and recovery expenses? How can we avoid being in this position again?
The word tornado came from the Spanish word "tronada" which means a thunderstorm. Also known as a twister, a tornado is a violent spiral-shaped storm with a rapidly rotating column of air rising upward, forming a vortex. The vortex has relatively low pressure at the center and is shaped like a funnel.
 

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