Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2019, 11:53 am

Responding To Police Officer Morale Problems

The security of communities depends heavily on the presence of police officers but “many police agencies,” notes In Public Safety, are experiencing a major shortage of officers. “In the United States, the total number of sworn police officers has dropped by about 23,000 men and women since 2013, according to a National Public Radio report.” […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2019, 1:12 pm

Volunteerism’s Decline Threatens Community Security

Before recruitment comes retention in building a dependable community workforce, for example volunteer firefighters. This may sound like a truism, but the In Public Safety blog advises us to be mindful of the decline in volunteerism that’s been going on “for the last couple of decades and is expected to worsen as fewer people volunteer […]

Doug Bedell — June 3, 2019, 4:07 pm

Watch Out for ‘Post Truth’ Security Thinking

In Homeland Security explains how the U.S. can be afflicted with “post-truth” thinking. The term is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” “Look backwards – almost a decade,” the post explains, “– […]

Doug Bedell — May 31, 2019, 2:28 pm

Dire Developments at the Southern Border, as Tariffs on Mexico Loom

The situation at the U.S. southern border is dire. For information on just how dire – in both humanitarian and security terms – here’s the text of a background press briefing officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the White House held on the evening of May 30. “Over the past 21 days, an […]

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2019, 2:52 pm

Computer Data Breaches Leave Us Yearning for Digital Security

Security Infowatch notes that there’s a “patchwork of state data breach notification statutes, as well as federal laws” that are supposed to promote the security of documents housed on computers. Yet “massive data breaches have gotten more common in the years since these statutes were enacted.” The “constant drumbeat” of news about about hacking “has […]

Doug Bedell — May 15, 2019, 12:33 pm

Drones Being Used In High-Tech Southern Border Crossings

Drones equipped with thermal cameras or night vision capabilities are being used as security “look-outs” by migrants seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, In Homeland Security reports. In one instance, in mid-April, “a Border Patrol agent was monitoring the border at night using an infrared camera when he observed a small airborne object traveling […]

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2019, 3:14 pm

Pertinent Security Questions: Re the Army’s Role and Size

Should the U.S. Army be needed in a national crisis, how rapidly could it be deployed or expanded? This is a security question that’s highly pertinent to the nation’s well-being. Homeland 411 provides a discussion of the Army’s overall readiness. “Over the past four decades,” it finds, “the Army has produced little innovation in its […]

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2019, 7:01 pm

Mental Resilience Needed for Security Heroics

We seem to be encountering a lot of information, and concern, for a possibly overlooked aspect of security preparedness – the spiritual and mental readiness to respond effectively. Technical skills are important, surely. “But where were the drills to make sure my firefighters were taking care of themselves?” Eric Brenneman asks. He’s a contributor to […]

Doug Bedell — April 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

More on a Big Security Subject: Police Officer Stress

Here’s further treatment of an important security subject: police officer stress, again from the In Public Safety blog. We tend to think that police officers hold all the cards, yet we’re advised that “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs as a result of experiencing traumatic events, which are part of the job in policing. According to […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2019, 10:34 am

A Reality of the Job Market: Police Officers Getting Harder to Recruit

It’s getting harder to recruit a new policeman. Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American University, writes on In Public Safety that “governments are having more difficulty filling police positions than any other category of government personnel.” In this context, “high-ranking police supervisors and administrators play an important role in strengthening officer commitment. When […]