It can be flattering when the local or national news media contact the director of security at his or her facility for help on an article about the latest security trends, equipment, or policies. But security practitioners must be careful about how much information they discuss.
Category: Emerging Issues in Security
Security is constantly evolving, and it’s important for professionals to stay up to date. We provide the latest news, opinions, trends, case studies, strategies, and legislative and regulatory developments that could have an impact on the field.
Following a workplace violence or school violence incident where there has been a significant loss of lives, employees can become fearful about a similar attack taking place where they work. Although these events are both rare and catastrophic, they can create feelings of great safety and security concern for employees, who may or may not […]
Technology has always played an important role in the day-to-day duties of first responders, and now even more so, with the growing adoption of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The network was built to facilitate faster, clearer communication between first responders from all departments, so that everyone heading to the site of an […]
The days of posting a few cops along the holiday parade route in a local town are over. Because of the constant risk of a terror attack, even relatively straightforward community events now demand a tactical action plan, more security or police staffing, and extra vigilance.
As the number of active shooter incidents continues to rise and the fatality and injury counts increase, we are seeing more products that can provide highly-portable ballistic protection to both civilians and law enforcement officers. These backpacks, bags, and laptop cases are discreet and not obvious as to what they are, making them useful in […]
Security work often involves conflict, the possibility for crisis, and the need to be able to accurately predict the future. Each of these can be stressful, so security professionals can benefit from six daily tools for stress management, using the reminder BREADS, or Breathing, Relaxation, Exercise, Attitude, Diet, Sleep.
A number of behavioral factors can come together to make the healthcare environment a difficult place to keep secure. Despite new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines designed to specifically enhance the safety of healthcare workers, new access control and visitor policies, and required violence reporting procedures by staff to the leadership teams, the […]
On Monday, November 19, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal was shot outside her workplace, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago’s south side. According to sources, the shooter, Juan Lopez, was angry with her over a broken engagement, leading to yet another workplace active shooter situation. While coworkers can be the perpetrators of workplace violence, […]
Excellence in customer service from onsite security officers doesn’t just happen; it’s a managed process, based on hiring the right people with a real service orientation, supporting them with solid policies, continuous training, positive supervision, praise when they do well, and corrective coaching and feedback when they need to improve.
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.