Terrorism Index Released, NYPD Gets Drones, School Safety Guidelines, and More

Terrorism Index Released, NYPD Gets Drones, School Safety Guidelines, and More
  • Of the 18,814 deaths caused by terrorists around the world last year, a substantial majority were attributed to just four groups: the Islamic State, the Taliban, Al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram, reports Forbes. The just-released Global Terrorism Index 2018, compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace, says those four organizations were responsible for 10,632 deaths in 2017. Their actions contribute to instability in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, and Syria. Over the past decade they have accounted for 44 percent of all terrorist deaths. The terrorism index showed a continuing decline in terrorism, with deaths from terrorism falling for the third consecutive year, after peaking in 2014. The total number of deaths fell by 27 percent between 2016 and 2017, with the largest decreases in Iraq and Syria.
     
  • The New York City Police Department (NYPD) added a fleet of drones to its force this week, according to USA Today. The 14 drones will be used by licensed NYPD officers in the Technical Assistance Response Unit for everything from search and rescue operations to monitoring traffic and pedestrians at large events. Other uses include crime scene documentation, HAZMAT incidents, hostage situations, and other emergency situations. Chief Terence Monahan said that the drones would help personnel "see what they are getting into before they go into harm's way." The fleet includes 11 small quadcopters that will be used for tactical operations, two larger, weather-resistant quadcopters with a zoom camera and thermal imaging capabilities, and another quadcopter for training and testing purposes.
     
  • The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools released the fourth edition of its Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools, which provides school administrators, school boards and public safety and security professionals with guidelines for implementing a layered and tiered approach to securing and enhancing the safety of school environments. The fourth edition has been completely revised and greatly expanded to cover best practices that relate to safety and security and additional areas such as school transportation, cybersecurity and network infrastructure, architectural features, and emergency communications. Established in 2014, PASS brings together expertise from the education community, law enforcement and the security industry to develop and support a coordinated approach to school safety. The guidelines are available free on the PASS website.
     
  • In other news, Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S. government for violating Iran sanctions; the U.S. is seeking her extradition, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday. Search and rescue operations continue after two Marine Corps aircraft collided while refueling in mid-air during a regularly scheduled training exercise off the coast of Japan; one Marine has been rescued, one has died, and five are still missing. The Du​bai Police Department has a new vehicle equipped with facial recognition technology that can identify individuals from the car and is linked directly with the Dubai Police Command Operations Room.