Evolving Threats

Are Police Officers Ready For The Next Generation of Active Shooters?

A collaborative effort of Homeland Security Television and Law Enforcement and Security Consulting, Inc produced a new training video, Are Police Officers Ready For The Next Generation of Active Shooters?

HSTV explores law enforcement's preparedness for the Next Generation of active shooter threats. Featuring law enforcement training expert, Fred Leland of Law Enforcement Security Consulting Inc., you'll be surprised by what you learn.

Evolution of Strategy and Tactics to Ongoing Deadly Action "Active Shootings" and Operational Art

An active shooter is defined as "... an armed person who has used deadly physical force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims.[1]

The vision most law enforcement officers have when it comes to an active shooter is one or two people with guns moving through a building, randomly shooting anyone in their path. Active shootings are often thought of as taking place in a public place, such as a school where kids attend.

"Laying in wait"attacker shoots 2 Wash. cops

Man killed, deputies hurt in county where 4 officers were slain last month

EATONVILLE, Wash. - Two sheriff's officers responding to a domestic dispute were wounded and a 35-year-old man was killed Monday after he opened fire on the officers at a home in Washington state's rural Pierce County, authorities said.

The shooting is the third in the last three months in which authorities say a gunman has taken aim at law enforcement officers in Washington State.

Threat Alert: MS13 and the Blending of Youth Gangs with Drug Cartels

Often it doesn't get the attention that the Mexican cartel drug violence gets in the media. Frankly, quite often the media doesn't pay all that much attention to the cartel related violence in general, and there are still too many Americans that do not appreciate the true threat represented by the encroachment of Mexican drug violence into our streets. So, while independent of the Mexican cartel, activities of transnational gangs like MS-13 and the 18th St. Gang represent a considerable threat to US citizens.

ADL Special Report - The Aryan Circle: Crime in the Name of Hate

The Aryan Circle is a large, growing and dangerous white supremacist prison gang based primarily in Texas, though it has a presence in a number of other states. It is active both in prisons and on the streets. It is an extreme and violent group, with a long track record of murder, including the deaths of two police officers in Bastrop, Louisiana, in 2007.

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Apple-Pie Jihad Homegrown terror takes root.

A great article by Judith Miller on the homegrown terror threat. So are your eyes wide open or wide shut? The terrorist threats is not only emerging it is indeed here.  This is not about paranoia its about opening our eyes and seeing the signs and signals. The signals that have been here for over 20 years.

Recruited For Jihad?

It didn't trouble Burhan Hassan's mother that her son had been spending more time at the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, Minneapolis's largest mosque. A 17-year-old senior at Roosevelt High, Hassan and his family had fled civil war in Somalia when he was a toddler. Some of the other Somali immigrants in the Cedar-Riverside housing project where he lived got drawn into gangs with names like Murda Squad and Somali Mafia. But Hassan was getting good grades and talking about going to college, says his uncle Abdirizak Bihi. When the boy didn't come home from school on Nov.

On War On Crime from Project White Horse

Essential Elements of Information for a Culture of Preparedness

“At this stage, the drug cartels are using basic infantry weaponry to counter government forces,” a U.S. government official in Mexico said.  “Encountering criminals with this kind of weaponry is a horse of a different color,” the official said. “It’s not your typical patrol stop, where someone pulls a gun.

Are America's officers at war? with Joel F. Shults, Ed.D

Before we write off the most recent mass killings of police officers as the individual work of one violent miscreant (or even a few violent miscreants, counting those who aided and abetted after the fact) or the failure of “cracks in the justice system,” we need to take the kind of connect-the-dots examination of patterns of violence that we have learned to do with terrorism.

Global cities-global gangs by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus

Gangs, like death, war, and taxes, have always been with us.  They are likely to remain a feature of everyday life. For the most part, gangs have been rather low priority in terms of domestic policy. In America in particular, gangs and other street-level criminal organizations have oscillated between objects of benign neglect and sensationalized panic over criminal ‘super-predators’. The global and foreign policy implications of gangs have been rarely considered.

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