Law Enforcement

Mission Improbable

Dealing with the mentally ill, responding to student bullying at a school or looking for terrorists at the airport – are we asking our police to do too much?  Is the wide range of tasks making for a mission that is improbable? In Seattle, the six-block CHOP neighborhood (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) was off limits…

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Law Enforcement and Security in Troubling Times

When danger or threat comes, one is always happy to have protection available. But recent events in the world have revealed that many fear the very thing that is meant to provide this protection.  Missteps, bad judgement and racism are not unique to members of law enforcement and security but when they appear connected to…

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Three Levels of Security Deterrence

In security there are three basic levels of deterrence. Deterrence levels are measured based on the cognitive assessment an adversary makes and their emotional experience when facing the security system he is about to attack. Deterrence Level 1 is achieved in a security system that incorporates detection technology such as x-ray machines, metal detectors or…

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Sixteen Years of Predictive Profiling

Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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Pot and Crime

A huge marijuana dispensary is going in across the street. I can see it from my office window.  I dread its opening for the traffic I imagine it will bring. Some anti pot politicians and activists have claimed that crime will increase where marijuana is legalized.  This view has been discredited (at least by Snopes)…

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An Investigator’s Best Friend

We think of canine officers as helping to fiercely chase down criminals on the loose and nose out illegal drugs and hidden bombs.  But for a while now in the U.S. dogs have been providing another vital function: sniffing out electronic storage media including SD cards, USB and thumb drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPhones…

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Prone to Violence

On May 10th of this year, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued an eight-page bulletin entitled “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat with Lethal Violence”.  The analysis pointed to the high number of violent incidents over the last decade involving neo-Nazis, white extremists and the KKK.  Anyone who pays attention to domestic terrorist…

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The Drone Police

Drones are prominently in the news this week.  The U.S. Department of Defense has given military bases new guidelines allowing them to shoot down consumer drones trespassing on (above) military bases.  The Los Angeles Police Department wants to finally use two drones it received from the Seattle Police Department that have been sitting unused on…

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Textalyzer

Perhaps you can relate: driving to work this morning on the highway a car in the lane next to me started to gradually slow down and then it was swerving a bit.  As I sped past, I saw the driver looking down at his phone, no doubt texting.  Once I reached my exit, the off…

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Security at Cannes

Next week is the opening of the famous Cannes Film Festival, celebrating its 70th anniversary with maximum glitz and glamour.  Hundreds of thousands attend.  After the horrific terrorist attack in nearby Nice last July, and the particularly tense political atmosphere roiling in the south of France, festival organizers are ramping up security.  Again.  Last year…

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