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Land Use Policies Fueling Western Wildfires

As the Carr Fire tore across Northern California earlier this year, firefighter James Bevins spent 2 weeks providing rescue support for helicopters dispatched to dump water and fire-retardant chemicals on the 230,000-acre blaze.

Verbal Judo Techniques for Security Officers

The “tactical communications” concept known as Verbal Judo was created by the late George Thompson PhD, the founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, and the author of the 1993 book Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion. His techniques for high-risk conversations when people are angry have been taught to police officers, military members, and […]

An Ancient Lesson in Leadership for Security Professionals

Sometimes, the best leadership powers are the ones used sparingly, covertly, effectively, and boldly. Security department leaders can often get better results by taking charge from the edges of the issue, not from the center of it. We can find a great example of this leadership strategy in the mythology of ancient Greece.

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Teach Employees Situational Awareness in Advance to Help Prepare for Workplace Violence and Other Emergencies

Every security officer’s top priority is keep their facilities and workforce safe. While advances in technological solutions such as access control and surveillance systems have helped accomplish that goal, they are not completely fail safe. According to security experts, when creating a good security plan to deal with for their organizations, security officers need to […]

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Is There a Value to Professional Security Certifications?

The security world is full of professional certifications, ranging from the plethora of initials offered by ASIS, to homeland security designations, to a fraud examiner’s certification, to others related to crisis management, threat management, and even critical incident stress. Do the examination costs, recertification fees and costs, and study time make sense for security professionals […]

The Challenge of New Federal OSHA Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created new guidelines for workplace violence prevention, measurement, and response. Its purpose is to help organizations address when a workplace violence perpetrator violates OSHA’s well-known General Duty Clause (GDC), which says employees must protect their employees from all types of physical harm.

New TSA Travel Rules May Put Stress on U.S. Travelers Returning from Overseas

Recent changes and pending new ones in travel restrictions for airline passengers coming from certain Middle East countries have banned the possession of laptop computers inside the cabin of the plane. More changes may be forthcoming, including adding 71 additional international airports to the current list.

Ohio School District Allows Teachers, Staff to Be Armed

In what is a growing trend in some school districts across the United States, the school board for the Georgetown Village School District in Georgetown, Ohio, voted to allow its teachers and staff to be armed at work. All staff members who want to participate in this program will go through a 3-day firearms certification […]