Friday, 3 July 2009

Security Week: Safety, Sustainability and Crowd Management

From 21 to 25 September Bucks New University is hosting the inaugural Security Week at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire

21 September: Planning for an armed intruder in an educational setting
Focused on the growing threat to schools and colleges of an armed intruder entering educational premises, this day features presentations from senior figures with first-hand experience of tragedies such as Dunblane and Hungerford along with highly practical workshops.

22 September: Counter terrorism in crowded places
Offering a series of perspectives on dealing with counter terrorism in areas and events attracting mass crowds, this day includes presentations from representatives of both NaCTSO and OSCT, as well as other industry experts and examples of UK government training exercises.

23 September: The Sustainable Event Management conference
The increasing focus on environmental and green issues is discussed by a range of industry figures on this day, with key topics including emissions from related travelling, planning sustainable events, and maintaining and developing sustainable initiatives during an economic downturn.

24/25 September: The 8th European Health and Safety Conference
Two days packed with presentations, workshops and exercises focused on counter terrorism, crowd modelling, simulations and emergency planning. A must for venue managers, local authority personnel, and event and festival organisers; this conference also offers extensive networking opportunities including a gala dinner on the evening of Thursday 24 September.

Securing the Future
The launch of Securing the Future - a framework of continuous professional development qualifications for the security sector developed by Bucks New University and The Business School, University of Worcester, takes place at Missenden Abbey during Security Week on Tuesday 22 September, starting at 7pm. The evening also celebrates the opening of the Sorensen Security Library at Bucks New University.

Security Week is supported by the BSIA and Skills for Security and is sponsored by G4S.

For more information contact Tom Harrison on +44 (0)1494 601 620 or email

As we approach the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on London

London First’s Security & Resilience Network and Bombay First invite you to join us to share best practice and examine lessons learned from the terrorist attacks on New York, London and, more recently, Mumbai.

Monday 6 July – London First and Bombay First conference - 1.30-5.30pm

Following on from the Mumbai conference earlier in the year, this ‘Lessons from 9/11, 7/7, and 26/11 for Safer Cities’ seminar will examine how London, New York, and Mumbai have recovered from the terrorist attacks on their cities, and what key lessons have been learned in the aftermath. The main focus will be information sharing and best practice.

Kindly hosted by the May Fair Hotel


For further details please contact Gerard McAtamney on 020 7665 1555


Jayent Patil, The Hon. Home Affairs Minister, Maharashtra Government, India

S. S. Virk, Director General of Police, Mumbai

Chandra Iyengar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Maharashtra Government

Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London

Sir David Veness, former Under Secretary General for Safety and Security, United Nations

Commissioner Mike Bowron, City of London Police

Assistant Commissioner John Yates, Metropolitan Police Service

Charles Farr, Director General, OSCT, Home Office

Dr. Marc Sageman, Centre for Terrorism, Counter Terrorism & Homeland Security

The seminar is free of charge to members of London First’s Security & Resilience Network; non members will be charged £350.00 + VAT.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Secure London 2009

'Secure London’ is a unique event aimed at globally placed organisers of the protection of infrastructure and large scale events.

London, as a World leader in developing resilience solutions for man-made and natural disasters, will be able to demonstrate its capability and learn from its global partners in equal measure. Whether the focus is logistics, crowd dynamics, IT architecture, mass casualty, transport security, procurement, crime or physical protection, this conference concentrates on the workable, tried and tested critical elements that organisers need to plan for their own success.

Delegates will be from the public services, the military, local authorities, academic facilities, government departments and the business community. Indeed, all organisations that have, or seek to have an involvement in the above disciplines are most welcome.

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Dakar/Brussels, 2 July 2009: To avoid jeopardising Côte d’Ivoire’s peace agreement, President Laurent Gbagbo and other Ivorian leaders must speed up implementation of its key provisions before the November election.

Côte d’Ivoire: What’s Needed to End the Crisis,* the latest policy briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines the fragile 2007 Ouagadougou Peace Agreement, which ended five years of fighting and territorial partition between the government and the rebel “Forces Nouvelles”. National and local authorities need to dramatically increase the tempo of electoral preparations, administrative reunification and disarmament of armed groups or the country could slide back into open conflict.

“Ivorian leaders must ensure that the country will vote in a peaceful environment”, says Rinaldo Depagne, Crisis Group Senior Analyst. “It has been suffering for the better part of the last decade and is on the edge of destroying its one hope for exiting the conflict situation”.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

BiometriX 2009 makes its mark

Following the success of last year's BiometriX conference, the organisers, SmartX and Technews Publishing have announced the agenda for this year's groundbreaking conference and exhibition.
The 2009 conference focuses on Integrated Identity Management in the enterprise and public sector markets. Expert presenters from South Africa and abroad will highlight trends, best practices and case studies demonstrating the real-world design and implementation of Integrated Identity Management solutions in the enterprise.

The full details of this conference can be found on the BIOMETRIX 2009 website

UK's infrastructure 'vulnerable'

Large parts of the UK's infrastructure including energy and transport networks are vulnerable to terrorism or bad weather, a report has warned.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) said not enough was being done to ensure such systems could keep going in adverse circumstances.
The ICE said efforts had been made to counter terrorism threats.
But the potential effects of climate change and system failures were not being taken seriously enough, it added.
The ICE took evidence from more than 70 sources, including regulators, agencies and service providers, and concluded that work to improve utility networks was "piecemeal".

taken from BBC News site


Thank You, Gareth Evans

On behalf of the Board of the International Crisis Group, Co-chairs Lord Patten of Barnes and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering warmly thank Gareth Evans for his nine and a half years of outstanding service to the organisation as President and CEO.

In recognition of his contribution, the Board has decided to award Gareth Evans the title of President Emeritus of Crisis Group.

“Speaking for the Board and staff, we all owe Gareth a tremendous debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts since January 2000”, said Co-Chair Chris Patten. “He took a small organisation analysing some 12 conflicts with 25 staff and a budget of two million dollars, and he transformed it into the pre-eminent international NGO in conflict prevention and resolution, examining some 60 conflicts world-wide with 130 staff and a budget of over 15 million.”

“Under Gareth, Crisis Group established its unique mix of field-based research, experienced policy analysis and high-level advocacy that together make Crisis Group so well-respected”, said Co-Chair Tom Pickering.

Gareth Evans served with distinction as Crisis Group’s President and CEO since January 2000. He will return to Australia in July, from which home base he will be primarily engaged in his role as Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, a joint global initiative of the Australian and Japanese governments ( He will also remain on the Board of Crisis Group.

Gareth Evans will be succeeded as President and CEO of Crisis Group by the Honourable Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She will take up the post on 21 July.

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the Midwest Security & Police Conference/Expo

Just a few words to let you know about this event taking place in the USA in the summer.

the 9th annual Midwest Security & Police Conference & Expo, taking place August 11 - 12, 2009 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. USA.

Now in its 9th year, MSPCE brings together an exciting 2-day marketplace featuring state-of-the art security and law enforcement products, systems and services.

Your registration includes access to exhibit hall featuring full spectrum of products and services used by law enforcement, security and life safety professionals in the industry today!!

Seminars & training taking place at this years show:
  • Autism & Law Enforcement

  • Narrowbanding - 2013 is Coming

  • Animal Rights Groups in U.S.

  • Blue Goes Green: Sustainable Design

  • Electronic Security… New Trends and Challenges

  • The Ideal Police Officer

  • The Future of Public/Private Policing

  • Terrorism & Public Safety

  • Radar Testing and Training

  • Aggressive & Dangerous Dog Handling Course

  • Optimizing Storage for Justice

  • Best Practices in Traffic Photo Enforcement Solutions

  • Suicide Bombings

  • Voice Stress Analysis

  • Police Enforcement of Immigration Law

  • Maximizing Reporting Resources

  • Corporate Security Threats in a Down Economy

The show is being managed by ROC Exhibitions

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