New Report: Nation’s Buildings at Risk
In a routine check on the state of private security for our nation’s federal buildings, investigators were able to sneak explosive materials inside – get this – a total of 10 out of 10 times.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security has said that poor management on the part of private security companies is a big part of the problem, with insufficient training given by the companies.
Here’s what the report found:
- Only 13,000 private security officers are assigned to a total of 9,000 federal buildings.
- In one region that was investigated, officers haven’t been trained on x-ray machines in over five years – since 2004.
While officials are vowing to fix the problem – and they say it will take a while – we know that it shouldn’t take these kinds of reports to make the changes necessary to keep our buildings safe.
Every day, security officers witness this kind of poor management first hand, but are often afraid to speak out in fear of unjust retribution.
It’s time for practices like this to end. Security officers need to be able to carry out their jobs well so that they’re better prepared to be the “first” first responders in an emergency.