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Joe Troiano, General Manager and Senior VP of Everfocus Electronics, stresses in his opening remarks that Everfocus is a global supplier of video security surveillance equipment and is proud to...

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Wed, 2014-06-04 04:30 AM
Members of the United States Border Patrol’s (USBP) El Paso (TX) Sector, along with other area law enforcement agencies, honored the men and women who lost their lives while protecting America’s...
Tue, 2014-06-03 10:17 PM
The Justice Department has announced a multi-national effort to disrupt the Gameover Zeus Botnet, a global network of infected victim computers used by cyber criminals to steal millions of dollars...
Mon, 2014-06-02 10:54 AM
Government Security News has announced that the inaugural issue of its weekly newsletter covering airport, seaport, rail and border security will be released on Wednesday, June 4. The official name...
Thu, 2014-05-29 12:43 AM
Department of Defense (DoD) officials consider climate change a key factor in protecting national security around the globe, according to deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy, Daniel Y...
Fri, 2014-05-23 02:19 AM
The District of Columbia's Police Complaints Board, in a recent report issued to Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier, has recommended the...
Fri, 2014-05-23 01:38 AM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in coordination with the Lawrence Police Department, has seized about three tractor trailers worth of...
Wed, 2014-05-21 10:18 PM
Seventy-one individuals have been charged for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children as part of Operation Caireen. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security...
Tue, 2014-05-20 11:48 PM
As part of a study to improve firefighter safety and effectiveness, fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners from fire service organizations have...
Tue, 2014-05-20 03:24 AM
Three out of four law enforcement professionals are using social media for crime investigation and prevention, according to two police officers who spoke at the recent GovSec conference in Washington...
Thu, 2014-05-15 09:34 PM

Robert Mueck 

Universities and colleges have many of the same crime problems faced by the wider community. For at least one official, Captain Robert Mueck of the University of Maryland (UMD) Police, one of the...
Thu, 2014-05-15 08:54 PM
In the midst of one of the country’s worst droughts in decades, firefighters, particularly smokejumpers, who often parachute into the worst kinds of wildfires at a moment’s notice, are ramping up for...
Fri, 2014-05-09 02:49 AM

Jim Sensenbrenner 

The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act Thursday, a bill that would put far greater restrictions on how the National Security Agency is able to collect and analyze Americans’...

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The convergence of drought-parched conditions, a recent rash of suspected arson-caused fires around the state, and the increased movement of illegal fireworks into California are bringing renewed commitment to fire safety enforcement efforts in the run-up to the Fourth of July. A linchpin for these efforts is the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks, which not only has proven to reduce the use of illegal pyrotechnics but also provides funds for enhanced enforcement efforts.

Mountain View, CA-based Symantec has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind programthe Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity and provide new career opportunities for young adults who may not be college-bound.

White Plains, NY-based Assured SKCG, the risk management and insurance advisor to alternative investment firms, has seen an increased interest in cyber liability insurance by hedge funds. These firms are responding to investor concerns, a recent SEC Risk Alert on cybersecurity preparedness, and an escalation in cyber-attacks aimed at hedge funds and financial firms.

Within the past 12 months, 4 of the top 10 largest breaches took place and 66% of the breaches took months or more to discover.

Palm Beach, FL-based Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI), a provider of cyber arms manufacturing and complementary security and technology solutions, has announced the acquisition of North American Custom Specialty Vehicles (NACSV), a provider of mobile command/communications and specialty vehicles for emergency management, first responders, national security, and law enforcement operations.

Montgomery County, PA and Constellation have announced construction of $2.4 million in water and energy conservation measures at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The conservation measures will provide approximately $4.2 million in cost savings through the county’s 20-year energy performance contract with Constellation. Montgomery County is expected to see a complete return on its investment in less than 12 years.

Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola Solutions and Intrado have announced the future implementation of an Advanced 9-1-1 system in Burke County, NC. The system includes MCC 7500 Dispatch Consoles and enables a migration path to the NG9-1-1 emergency call taking solution being developed alongside Intrado. It also sets in motion the eventual migration to a full NG9-1-1 system to support text-to-9-1-1 capabilities.

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a Billerica, MA-based provider of innovative X-ray systems, has introduced the MINI Z, the world’s first handheld Z Backscatter imaging scanner for fast, portable, real-time detection of hidden organic threats, such as drugs, contraband, plastic guns, ceramic knives, and explosives.

The Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.) has purchased a new Zero MMX police motorcycle; the motorcycle is made by Santa Cruz, CA-based Zero Motorcycles. Powered by the 100% electric Z-Force motor, the Zero MMX was developed to meet the requirements of military, law enforcement, and security agencies. After extensive testing, the L.A.P.D. chose Zero Motorcycles for its stealth, low cost of operation, maintenance-free power train, and minimal environmental impact, it says.

Commentary and Opinions

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) has drawn the attention of law enforcement across the nation because of its ability to capture, categorize and catalogue important data for analysis of specific patterns of criminal activity as it occurs and during its planning stages.

In 1992, the FBI established its Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division. It is the largest division of the FBI and it provides state, local, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies with access to centralized information, such as fingerprint identification records, criminal histories and sex offender registrations. Due to the extreme sensitivity of this information, the agency has mandated enhanced security measures to protect access to it.

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.

 

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John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in wireless transmission of videos, and was a platinum winner of the platinum award for “Best Covert Surveillance Solution” in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for its “DropCam” product. IMT is a prime contractor for the DHS in Tech-Ops and offers a range of products described by Mr.

Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management. But it is in this business in a big way, with 50% of the U.S. federal government using the AtHoc System, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, both on an enterprise level, the U.S. Patent Office and TSA.

Covia Labs received the award for “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications” in the 2012 Awards Program for its “Alert & Respond” software platform and application that provides voice/data interoperability across a variety of platforms ranging from smart phones to police and fire department radios, embedded devices and drones. The top two markets for the company, according to CEO David Kahn, are the military and public safety.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), which entered its “Commercial Mobile Alerts System” in the 2012 Awards Program, was named a Finalist in the “Best Mass Notification Systems” category.

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