Hospital Security News

WTC memorial will be open to families on 9/11

By Jennifer Peltz
Associated Press

A crane works above Tower 4 at the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 in New York. The 64-story tower, designed by Maki & Associates, is being constructed by developer Larry Silverstein. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

"Strengths and Weaknesses" Focus Effort, Your Strengths on Adversarial Weaknesses By Fred Leland

“Employment of this concept of surfaces and gaps, then, gives us many advantages over what could be called slower moving forms of combat, where strengths is thrown against strength. Attacking through gaps, avoiding surfaces, gives us an advantage of economy of force. If we are pitting strength against strength, assaulting enemy strong points, we are consuming our manpower as well as ammunition and supplies as we go along. If we go through the gaps, we are practicing economy of force. We are reaching our objective without using up our men.

Fatal blasts hit Jakarta hotels

At least six people have been killed in two separate explosions at luxury hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say.

The country’s Metro TV reported that one blast hit the Ritz-Carlton and the other, the Marriott Hotel. Television footage showed the facade of one of the hotels had been torn off by the blast. (BBC)

Colors could disappear from terror alert system

The Obama administration has begun a review that could spell the end of the color-coded terrorism advisories, long derided by late night TV comics and portrayed by some Democrats as a tool for Bush administration political manipulation.

It’s not likely the review will plunge an alert system into the dark all together, but short of that, everything is on the table for consideration, according to one administration official familiar with the plans. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about potential outcomes.

Gunman surrenders to police at VA medical center in Topeka, Kan., trades ammo for cigarettes

TOPEKA, Kan. — Officials say a gunman who entered a Veterans Affairs medical center in Topeka, Kan., surrendered without hurting anyone and is now a patient at the hospital.

Veterans Affairs spokesman James Gleisberg said the man is a U.S. military veteran who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He says the man had pulled out a gun and threatened himself Sunday in the emergency room of Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center. No one was hurt.

Neither Gleisberg nor Topeka police could say why the gunman eventually surrendered.

Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 2009 Mid-Year Report

The NLEOMF has released its 2009 mid-year report on officer fatalities, and there is some cause for concern. After falling to their lowest level in nearly five decades last year, line-of-duty deaths among law enforcement officers nationwide rose 20 percent during the first six months of 2009.

Compartmentalizing Security: Checklists & Stovepipes

The Wall Street Journal article on June 2, 2009, “Is Tougher Airport Screening Going Too Far?” highlights two recent court cases calling into question the TSA’s authority to conduct searches of airline passengers. In one case the article discusses U.S. v. Fofana, 2009 WL 1529815 (S.D.Ohio), where a transportation security officer discovered a passenger carrying three fake passports. The passenger was arrested and indicted for making or forging passports.

Use of force models in LE training By Matt Simmonds

There have been several articles published recently — not just here on PoliceOne, but elsewhere too — concerning problems of utilizing use of force models, continuums, paradigms, or whatever name you choose to use, in LE training.

Five bullets can't stop Va. officer from doing his job

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The rookie police officer who was shot 25 days ago in a rush-hour pursuit says he's getting better and is eager to return to work.

"It will take more than this to scare me away," Sean Fleming said.

It was the first time the 26-year-old spoke publicly since the dramatic shootout on an Interstate 64 ramp. Chesapeake spokesman Mark Cox interviewed the officer at a small table in the WCTV-Chesapeake Television studio as reporters looked on.

N.J. officer shoots man who tried to run him over

NEWARK, N.J. — A Hoboken man fleeing police died yesterday, authorities said, after he was shot in the head by a Belleville officer he had just hit with his car.

Edwin Munoz, 22, died yesterday afternoon following a car chase that began in Belleville and ended in Newark, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. A passenger in the car, Japhet Lopez, 25, of Newark, was uninjured and later was charged with attempted burglary, eluding police and resisting arrest.

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