Public venues, particularly places where many people gather for some common activity, are becoming a preferred terrorist target. It’s easy to understand why. Each such attack sows fear and horror in many, attracts huge media attention and disrupts normal life.
Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director for Counter Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection, was an invited expert panelist last week in Washington D.C. at a school security event hosted by the Security Industry Association (SIA), a trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus on Capitol Hill.
A threatening message that was sent from a yet unknown source caused today (Tuesday) the cancellation of all classes in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Even though no actual attack has, luckily, taken place, and no real threat actually materialized, the disruptive effect of the threat itself was significant, and its ramifications will probably continue to be reverberate for weeks to come.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the Office of Justice Programs within the US Justice Department, in collaboration with CNA Corporation, published a Planning Primer designed to aid law enforcement officials in the planning and execution of large-scale security events.