My latest LinkedIn professional article poses the question; does your security program encompass emergency management? Does your Emergency Management or Preparedness program include security as well as the Fire Service? This article explores the need for comprehensive planning & response to include all aspects of an emergency; and calls for more continuity between emergency managers, regardless of whether they are federal, state, local or private.
Posted onAugust 23, 2017|Comments Off on The Three Interconnected Components of Security
My latest professional article in LinkedIn details some basic components needed to create a comprehensive security program within a professional organization. It’s intended to prevent the compartmentalization and failure to designate appropriate security leaders so that assets can be protected in an efficient and effective manner.
Posted onAugust 18, 2017|Comments Off on Addressing Police Tactics at the Charlottesville Protests
On August 18, 2017; A. Benjamin Mannes appeared on an in-depth report about the Charlottesville Protests on the One America News Network. Mannes was asked to comment because of his experience as a special event security consultant and member of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s famed Civil Disturbance Unit; who are widely considered the national benchmark on policing special events, riots, and protests. As you can see in the report, Mannes refrains from the side-taking and blame which is common in discussion about the Charlottesville protests; but focuses on the tactics (or lack thereof) of the Charlottsville and Virginia State Police in securing & controlling the event and how they measured up with both best-practices and inter-agency training.
Please watch the report below:
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Posted onJune 4, 2017|Comments Off on After London and Manchester, we need better Public Venue Security
My June 4, 2017 piece in The Hill should serve as a private sector “wake-up call” for public venue security in light of recent, fatal criminal and terrorist incidents; many of which could have been prevented or mitigated with better security planning.
Posted onMay 4, 2017|Comments Off on The Need for Comprehensive Transportation Security
On May 3, 2017; I wrote an extensive article on LinkedIn as an in-depth examination for the need of increased security focus in the transportation sector, especially among Ports and Transit Agencies. It is an analysis of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programs, to include the Surface Transportation Security Inspection Program (STSIP); and why the onus on security should be taken on primarily by the Transit Authority, Rail Service, Trucking Company and/or Port Authority. When looking at the benchmarks of the Los Angeles Port Police, WMATA Metro-Transit Police, SEPTA Transit Police, and Port Authority of NY/NJ; the nation’s best practices in transportation security are coming from local authorities with the fiscal support of the federal government, and not vice-versa.
Posted onApril 24, 2017|Comments Off on The Importance of Breaking Down Silos in Security Leadership
As a corporate security leader, I wave witnessed a trend in where the leadership of security functions have been broken down into silos based on specific niche functions (such as data security, Investigations, Loss Prevention, Physical Security) and allowed to operate in those functional departments; as opposed to in a separate oversight function.
My in-depth professional article on this topic explores how central security leadership can better serve an organization as a whole. Please click here to read it in full.
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Posted onFebruary 12, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: States are gambling with law enforcement safety
My Sunday, February 12, 2017 piece in The Hill discusses the discrepancies in state laws that classify a peace officer in one state, but that same position is just a guard in another state; and how this failure to standardize roles is putting police and corrections officers at risk. This is drawn contextually with the hostage siege in a Delaware prison that resulted in the killing of a hero Corrections Sergeant, and the signing of several pro-law enforcement executive orders by President Trump just one week later.
Posted onJanuary 17, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: America needs a ‘Duck and Cover’ for domestic terrorism
Despite a persistent threat and great courses like the CAT Eyes Program & “Run, Hide, Fight“, there still is no standardized effort to train citizens on terrorism and what they should do if an attack were to occur. If your local law enforcement agency, school or workplace hasn’t trained you in what to do; ask them to immediately!
In the meantime, this piece examines what can be done to try and make Americans more vigilant and mentally prepared for what may occur.
Posted onDecember 8, 2016|Comments Off on America needs security, not the appearance thereof (The Hill)
In this week’s column in The Hill, I question America’s resolve and preparedness to address the continual rise of violence facing society. Does America learn from past attacks here and abroad, or is it collectively just trying to ‘get back to normal’? Security is an ever-evolving discipline, and leaders need to continuously evolve to protect our nation’s citizens and infrastructure.
Posted onOctober 11, 2016|Comments Off on Mannes to Moderate Expert Forum on Violent Extremism
On the morning of Friday, October 14, A. Benjamin Mannes, an elected Governor on the executive board of Philadelphia InfraGard (the FBI-coordinated public/private partnership) and Regular Contributor to The Hill will be moderating the Forum on Violent Extremism at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. This forum will be the first of its kind to bring nationally recognized subject matter experts in radicalization together with FBI and Philadelphia police leaders on a panel that will discuss this issue with attendees.
Mannes hosted a similar event to discuss active shooter incidents in 2013, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, which was a sold-out event that joined a noted forensic Psychologist together with the Philadelphia Police, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and private security experts. Topics covered will include ISIS radicalization and lessons learned from domestic terrorist incidents.
This two-hour session will also highlight public/private partnerships, federal, state and local resources, and suspicious activity reporting in an effort to enhance safety throughout our region. Our highly regarded panel of experts will include:
Peter Leitner, PhD President, Higgins Counterterrorism Research Center, Sr. Fellow, George Washington University Center for Advanced Defense Studies Advisor on Terrorism, New York University Law School
Dale Yeager Certified Forensic Profiler and CEO of SERAPH
Michael Batley Faculty, Temple University Real Estate Institute
Lt. James Dambach Commanding Officer, Homeland Security Unit/Dignitary Protection Section Philadelphia Police Department
Janelle Miller Assistant Special Agent in Charge FBI, Philadelphia Division
This important event will give attendees important tools needed to recognize the behaviors associated with radicalization and violent extremism, to hopefully prevent further home-grown terrorist attacks.
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