PRIMA RiskWatch
Nov. 4, 2010

Welcome to the newest members of PRIMA!
A warm welcome to the newest members of PRIMA: San Jacinto River Authority (Texas), Alexandria City Public Schools (Va.), City of Middletown (Conn.), Seminole County Public Schools (Fla.), Montgomery County (Md.), Arizona Department of Administration (Ariz.) and City of Grants Pass (Ore.).More

Emphasis on cargo security heightened
The Daily News
Memphis' prime location and robust infrastructure — five Class 1 railroads, several interstate highways, the nation's fourth-busiest inland waterway port and the world's largest cargo airport — make it a critical distribution center and focal point for intermodal transportation.More

Overtime cuts reduce security staff at city bridges, tunnels; Metropolitan Transportation Authority insists safety not compromised
New York Daily News
For the first time since the World Trade Center attacks, the MTA did not increase security at bridges and tunnels during the recent terror scare. Sources blamed MTA overtime cuts. "Every time since 9/11, whenever something happened overseas, like the bombings in London, we stepped up security here — no matter what," said one source with knowledge of staffing. "Last week, nothing," the source said.More

New Jersey requires schools to hold at least 2 security drills a year
This was not a drill. Police arrived. Bomb-sniffing dogs barked as they hunted through the halls. Some students and staff were evacuated, others were locked down in their classrooms. Yet the potentially chaotic scene at Highland Park High School on Oct. 20 — caused by an unattended and, ultimately, harmless backpack near an outdoor stairwell — was the picture of order, according to school officials.More

Redwood City, Calif., agrees to $1.25 million settlement for man run over by police
San Jose Mercury News
Redwood City, Calif., has agreed to cover a $1.25 million settlement to a man who sued it after he was run over by a police officer responding to a call in 2008, the city announced. As a result of the accident, Francisco Huerta, 34, has a disfigured face, a permanently closed eye and loss of hearing in his left ear, according to his attorney, Gerald Scher.More

Coaltion led by Donald Kendall launches effort to keep kids identities safe
Greenwich Citizen
Donald Kendall of Greenwich, the co-founder, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo is on a crusade to protect kids' identities. He believes that children are increasingly the victims of identity theft, and that parents need to understand the risk. To that end he has launched a program called KIDS — keeping identities safe for kids.More

Al-Qaeda threats instill fear in Egyptian Christians
Al-Masry Al-Youm
Following the siege of a Catholic church in central Baghdad on Sunday, Al-Qaeda off-shoot militants issued a direct warning to Egyptian Christians. Three days later, they posted a statement on an extremist website, threatening all Christian institutions. In Egyptian Christian communities, the threats have not fallen on deaf ears.More

Security is top concern during G20 summit
The Chosunilbo
Exactly one week is left before the G20 Summit opens in Seoul, Korea. Everything should be running like clockwork by now with all preparations completed. The most important task is to ensure 100 percent security. President Lee Myung-bak said in a press conference that the government is looking at possible disruptions from North Korea and terrorist groups, and making thorough preparations. Lee also appealed to labor and civic groups to refrain from street demonstrations during the summit.More

New service helps police communicate with public
Fond du Lac Reporter
The Fond du Lac Police Department in Wisconsin will utilize a new communications service that allows it to send information directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle Community Information Service allows the department to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or e-mail.More