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Thank you to everyone who participated in our 'What You See is What You Get' workshop!
We've come to expect access to data anytime, anywhere in our technologically-advanced world. Communications and technological advances are also responsible for the growth in the use of CCTV in our society. Most people have recognized that we're seeing more and more cameras everywhere we go these days. In fact, more public and private agencies are installing and using CCTV to better secure and protect their facilities and personnel. As you might know, access to CCTV information from public and private sources was instrumental in the quick identification and apprehension of the Boston Marathon terrorists. The same is, undoubtedly being used to determine exactly what happened with the Columbia Mall shootings.

For this reason, InfraGard, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center and Gray Graphics collaborated to host an open discussion and workshop on the growing issue of CCTV in law enforcement and intelligence gathering on Feb. 7 near Gray Graphics' Capitol Heights facility.

We want to thank everyone who came for a riveting discussion that we believe pushes the bar forward in law enforcement!


Bombers or bomb threat makers?
Psychology Today
When it comes to the Boston bombings on April 15, we are in good news-bad news territory, both now and since 9/11. The good news is that these events are rare. The bad news is that they are catastrophic. Good news: we often catch the perpetrators or kill them in the process. Bad news: they often spawn copycats around the world. The biggest problem with stopping explosions is that they don't begin with pre-attack threats. In simple terms, real bombers bomb. They don’t make bomb threats.
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The pros and cons of surveillance cameras
A network of cameras on city streets and other public spaces increases the chances of capturing a criminal on video but can generate an overwhelming amount of evidence to sift through. The cameras make some people feel more secure, knowing that bad guys are being watched. But privacy advocates and other citizens are uneasy with the idea that Big Brother is monitoring their every public move.
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Public safety officials prep for bomb threats with 1st responder training
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Thirty miles away from New York City, Robert Alpaugh watched the World Trade Center towers crumble. Along with other members of the Morris County Sheriff's Office, Alpaugh responded to the terror attack, eager to provide any assistance possible. But without a plan that matched the chaos, his New Jersey team had no clear direction. That experience has been a driving factor for Alpaugh, a retiring detective sergeant who works as a New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology contractor for first responder training events.
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We wish a happy birthday to our COO Saber Helal!

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How would you rate the impact CCTV has in securing today's world?

4 – It protects our critical assets

3 – It's necessary, but not perfect

2 – Ineffective without strong oversight

1 – Too invasive, not necessary

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