Rikers Island Jail Guard had Left Post Before

The Associated Press has obtained documents that show Carol Lackner had been disciplined in 2010 for leaving her post without permission. Lackner was the guard who was supposed to be on post when 56 year old Jerome Murdough, a former Marine, died because he was left unchecked for at least four hours in a part of the jail that had a malfunctioning heater. Apparently Lackner’s logs show that she had conducted 30 minute checks as required, however, video footage does not show her doing so.

This is a much bigger failure than just a guard who lacks discipline. While it is assumed that employees do what they are supposed to, random but constant performance audits are a must. In this case, it would be interesting to learn what other discrepancies were found if the review of logs and video footage were to expand outside this investigation.

Remember, due diligence is more than a good faith exercise.

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7 dead, 7 injured near UC Santa Barbara in CA

Police are now looking into a video that may be connected to the strings of drive-by shootings Friday that left 7 dead Including the suspected gunman, and seven injured.

The VIDEO posted on May 23rd shows a man suspected to be the shooter ranting about the lonely life he’s been forced to live and vows to slaughter those responsible. What is more concerning is that the video managed to rack upwards of 37.5 thousand views yet this tragedy was not prevented. The public must begin to recognize that this type of violence is on the rise and must do their part by reporting something like this. Let those responsible like YouTube and Law Enforcement determine the validity of the threats you report.

If you see something, say something.

LA Times Article


$25 Million for School Security Improvements in Illinois

Despite major cutbacks throughout the state’s education system, $25 million has been set aside for school security improvements.

The improvements planned include installing reinforced doors and shatter resistant glass. They are aimed to improving the protection of the students and faculty in the event of an attack, however, nothing was mentioned about awareness training for staff or the community. Our hopes are that some consideration will be or has been placed on ensuring faculty is well aware of what indicators look like and how to respond to them. Either way, while we wish budget cutbacks did not impact our education system, kudos to the state for prioritizing the safety of their students.

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Foundation Aimed to End #Workplace #Violence

Friends and family of the late Michael Lunn, who was one of the employees killed at the Nanaimo mill shooting on April 30th are establishing the Red Shirt Foundation aimed at putting a stop to workplace violence. This non-profit society was formed when family friends were discussing the tragedy and decided to put the plan into action immediately.

Lynn Jacques, longtime Lunn family friend and chairwoman of the newly formed foundation said, “I think we will culminate in a national red shirt day on April 30, where people from around the world will stop and take notice and just say ‘Yes, we need to stop this.'” We say, absolutely! Despite the tragedy, it is a breath of fresh air to see people taking action and only hope that this foundation gets more than just National attention.

We will support the April 30th red shirt day!

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Checks and Balances #HR #security #training

By now, you may have heard or even watched the video that TMZ released from the Standard Hotel in New York City that appears to show Beyonce’s sister, Solange, attacking Jay Z.

Though the hotel says it will “discipline and prosecute the individuals involved” they admit that the confidentiality it provides to their customers has been violated. In other words, the damage is already done.

What kind of checks and balances does your security program have to detect or prevent such breaches? It may seem elementary, but perhaps going back to the basics may be the starting point.

Some things to consider:

– Restricting access to only supervisors or those who need to have the ability to review/export propriety or confidential information.

– Issue proprietary usernames and passwords to each end user.

– Take employee well being into account. A pay day from TMZ may seem enticing to the employee who is feeling especially unappreciated. Remember Richard Branson’s theory of training your people well enough so they can leave, but treating them good enough so they don’t want to.

Read the Huffpost Article


Business Security a Balance of Risk, Cost #HR #training #awareness

Violence in the workplace is at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts – or is it? The Insurance Information Network reports that there are 650 homicides, 2 million assaults, and 6 million serious threats reported each year in the workplace, with two-thirds of the incidents preceded by behavioral red flags but, “A typical corporate office is simply not ready for a determined assault and most companies do not want the cost and climate that comes with that kind of protection” said Darrell Mercer of Mercer Protection Agency in an article published by TheLedger.com

While insurers offer employers workplace safety policies to cover incidents in the workplace, often the value of life is not fully put into perspective. As such, instead of just considering the ROI, business owners should also take a hard look at the ROL: Return on Life.

Recognizing that there are limits to what security can do to prevent workplace violence, Douglas Duerr, an Atlanta lawyer specializing in labor and employment at Elarbee Thompson said, “The thing to do is to have training on what are the potential indicators of someone who might become violent.”

At OmniPresent Security Group we stress that hope is not a strategy. Promoting Security Awareness among the workplace is vital – but it must start at the top.

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Aware Citizens Prevent Planned Attack #awareness

According to authorities in Waseca, Minnesota, a teen was planning a series of attacks that included killing his family, a school resource officer, and students at the Waseca Junior and Senior High Schools.

“This is a classic example of citizens doing the right thing and calling the police when things seem out of place. By doing the right thing, [an] unimaginable tragedy has been prevented,” said the Waseca Police Department.

It is clear that incidents of this nature are on the rise. Remember to stay alert, aware, alive. If you see something, say something.

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