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Canada expands citizen’s arrest powers for private security personnel

Experts say law will have big implications for security personnel, but many questions remain

OTTAWA—A soon-to-be-enacted law in Canada will expand the ability for a person to perform a citizen's arrest, a change that will have a major impact on private security personnel in the country, according to two security experts who spoke with Security Director News

Photo of rogue G4S security officer

Friday, June 15, 2012

Edmonton police say they are looking for Travis Brandon Baumgartner as a "person of interest" in last night's attempted armored-car robbery at the University of Alberta that left three G4S security officers dead and a fourth wounded. Here's a photo of Baumgartner from his Facebook page. Judging by his profile picture, the attempted robbery looks premeditated rather than a crime of convenience gone terribly wrong.



Here's a photo of Travis B. Baumgartner that the Edmonton police released at a press conference this morning.

Shooting at U. of Alberta leaves three security officers dead

Tragic event stemmed from attempted armored-car robbery

EDMONTON, Alberta—Three G4S security officers are dead and another is wounded after an early-morning robbery of an armored car at the University of Alberta. Edmonton police have launched a massive manhunt for a fifth G4S employee described as "a person of interest."

Security at luxury mall 'pays attention to detail'


ORLANDO—Walking into The Mall at Millenia, a luxury mall with 150 stores including high-end merchants such as one of only two Rolex storefronts in the country, uniformed security officers greet guests. That is intentional, said Gregg Moore, security director of The Mall at Millenia.

How Ernst & Young changed its emergency plans after Sept. 11


NEW YORK—In 2010, Ernst & Young, a professional services firm, was ranked by Forbes magazine as the ninth largest private company in the United States. It has member firms in more than 140 countries and employs more than 144,000 people worldwide.

The 'key' to security: Museum masters access control


TOLEDO, Ohio—Protecting 30,000 works of art when more than 430,000 people visit the Toledo Museum of Art each year requires a combination of security measures. The most important security asset will always be security officers, said Tim Szczepanski.

Training officers important component of healthcare security


GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill.—The varying levels of risk at different healthcare facilities, combined with a unifying effort to be an open environment, makes protecting hospitals challenging.

GAO report finds there may be too many agencies securing public transit

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Securing our nation's mass transit systems seems like a nearly impossible task and there's certainly no silver bullet for protecting the traveling public. A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office in July found that there are a number of promising explosives detection technologies out there, but also noted there are serious limitations that need to be addressed for proper deployment in a rail environment.

The report found that handheld, desktop, and kit-based trace detection systems, x-ray imaging systems, as well as the use of canines, are all technologies that have demonstrated good detection capabilities, but did not recommend any of these technologies specifically.

One of the concerns in securing ground transportation is passenger flow. It's fairly understood that passengers on New York's subway system, for example, are not going to tolerate major interruptions of their commute. Therefore, the government needs to find technologies that can detect explosives, but do not impede on passenger flow. For this, the GAO recommends the development of a concept of operations that "would help balance security with the need to maintain the efficient and free flowing movement of people. A concept of operations could include a response plan for how rail employees should react to an alarm when a particular technology detects an explosive."

The GAO also reported that in implementing these technologies and policies there are possibly too many organizations involved in this effort:

While there is a shared responsibility for securing the passenger rail environment, the federal government, including TSA, and passenger rail operators have differing roles, which could complicate decisions to fund and implement explosives detection technologies. For example, TSA provides guidance and some funding for passenger rail security, but rail operators themselves provide day-to-day-security of their systems.

TSA seems to be taking a bigger role in securing surface transportation. Secretary Napolitano recently announced the agency (and its new head) will focus more of its efforts on securing mass transit. It recently launched a national "See Something, Say Something" campaign, but no specifics on the technology side.

Securing Sin City transit requires ‘a kinder, gentler security approach’


LAS VEGAS—In a city geared largely toward tourism, securing the public transit system requires a combination of soft and hard security measures. “As one of the top destinations in the world for visitors, we have to be cognizant of the fact that people who use the transit system here may not have used it before, so it has to be an education for them.”

Police fire on protesting security guards at World Cup


SOUTH AFRICA—Only a few days after the start of the most widely-viewed sporting events in the world, there has been a major reshuffle of security forces at two of the stadiums hosting World Cup matches.