Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Secure Entry

Permit/Deny - data center management - Would Rockford Files Be Foiled Today?



One of my favorite TV shows is The Rockford Files. I always liked how he could fast talk his way past secretaries, and others to get what he wanted. I have long believed that with a jumpsuit and a toolbox or a suit and a clipboard you can get in just about anywhere.

How many times have you walked into your station and seen people you don't recognize? Do you make any inquiries about who they are and what they are doing? Would you recognize the janitor for your station? How about the electrician? Is your agency simply so large that it is impossible to know everyone who works there?

What type of physical security does your station have? Can anyone walk in off the street and gain access to the records area? The detective bureau? How secure is your dispatch room? Could a prisoner go from your jail or holding cells to dispatch? Is there always armed people in the station who could repel an armed attack? Many nations practice asymmetrical warfare, fighting against a much stronger enemy; like the United States. Do the gangs in your area practice the same techniques? Station security is often something we get after the deadly attack; that's what the SGT Says.

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