Magazine article Security Management

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Magazine article Security Management

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Aviation security. Five Fs, 4 Ds, 3 Cs, and 2 Bs. If you brought home a report card like this when you were a kid, you'd be grounded. The U.S. aviation security industry just brought home those grades, but don't expect planes to be grounded any time soon. The "teacher" handing out these dismal marks is the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), which brings together the 22,000-pilot-strong union membership of five airlines. The worst grades went to screening cargo, credentialing, crew training in self-defense, missile defense, and employee screening. In comments accompanying the report card, CAPA notes that "near total reliance" on the Known Shippers program for cargo screening is a "serious flaw." Comments under credentialing note that the Transportation Security Administration has yet to deploy available biometric technology.

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Here's the breakdown of grades: Barely receiving a passing grade of D were perimeter security, threat intelligence, federal flight-deck officers on passenger planes, and federal flight-deck officers on cargo planes. Grades of C went to passenger screening, federal air marshals, and classroom training for crew. Faring best, with grades of B, were bag screening and passenger flight-deck doors. "The reinforced doors are installed and appear to be working well," say the comments accompanying

the report card. @ The comments and the report card can be accessed via SM Online.

Drugs. During a state hearing in Alaska, experts outlined the harm caused by marijuana. The Governor of Illinois has expressed concern that the video game NARC encourages drug use because, for example, game characters who use crack are able to inflict more damage on enemies. And new research suggests that pot use may lead to schizophrenia in young people. These are three recent entries in a new Web log (blog) established by the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

John Walters, director of the ONDCP and the President's "Drug Czar," says in a statement that the blog is designed to "provide Americans with direct updates and links about the latest efforts to 'push back' against drug use in America and abroad." Go to SM Online to check out the blog.

Bomb threats in school. If a student says to a gym teacher, "All jocks should be blown up," should it be taken as a threat? Probably not if the student was laughing or obviously joking, but if the student has a history of making such pronouncements, the school might want to treat it as a legitimate threat. In general, the more specific the threat, the more seriously it should be taken, according to one of the latest entries into the Department of Justice's Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, called "Bomb Threats in Schools."

The guide discusses the problem of bomb threats in schools, factors contributing to such threats, the right questions for administrators to ask themselves about the problem, and possible initiatives to prevent or respond to threats. Sixteen viable initiatives are presented, 9 involving prevention, 7 involving immediate response. For example, schools can develop a bomb-threat response plan.

The guide points to an online tool developed by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for training and refresher courses on response planning. …

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