Thanks to Security Magazine for publishing my latest piece which unpacks and analyzes the issue of safety & security in America’s schools; and why little has been done to actually secure them almost 20 years after the attacks at Columbine.
Please click here to read the full article, share and comment as a shift in our national conversation about this issue is key in addressing funding, planning and upgrades in school security.
Posted onAugust 18, 2017|Comments Off on Addressing Police Tactics at the Charlottesville Protests
On August 18, 2017; A. Benjamin Mannes appeared on an in-depth report about the Charlottesville Protests on the One America News Network. Mannes was asked to comment because of his experience as a special event security consultant and member of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s famed Civil Disturbance Unit; who are widely considered the national benchmark on policing special events, riots, and protests. As you can see in the report, Mannes refrains from the side-taking and blame which is common in discussion about the Charlottesville protests; but focuses on the tactics (or lack thereof) of the Charlottsville and Virginia State Police in securing & controlling the event and how they measured up with both best-practices and inter-agency training.
Please watch the report below:
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Posted onAugust 4, 2017|Comments Off on While Sessions launches new opioid task force, local response lags behind
My latest piece in The Hill addresses the new federal effort to deploy US Attorneys specializing in opioid prosecutions, but hits home to those of us living in the hardest hit areas who are dealing with the crisis on a day-to-day basis.
Please click here to read the full article and let me know what you think.
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Posted onApril 13, 2017|Comments Off on Mannes discusses Consent Decrees on the Rich Zeoli show
Click here to listen to a discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ review of DOJ’s consent decree practices on the April 13, 2017 episode of the Rich Zeoli Show, afternoons from 3-6PM on CBS Radio, 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia.
Share, comment and join the discussion!
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Posted onApril 5, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: Jeff Sessions is right to roll back Justice Department consent decrees
On Monday, April 3, 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the many controversial and highly politicized consent decrees issued by the US Department of Justice over the last decade, and why so many in the criminal justice community want to see them gone. This was the subject of my April 5, 2017 column in The Hill, which can be read by clicking here.
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Posted onFebruary 12, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: States are gambling with law enforcement safety
My Sunday, February 12, 2017 piece in The Hill discusses the discrepancies in state laws that classify a peace officer in one state, but that same position is just a guard in another state; and how this failure to standardize roles is putting police and corrections officers at risk. This is drawn contextually with the hostage siege in a Delaware prison that resulted in the killing of a hero Corrections Sergeant, and the signing of several pro-law enforcement executive orders by President Trump just one week later.
Posted onJanuary 17, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: America needs a ‘Duck and Cover’ for domestic terrorism
Despite a persistent threat and great courses like the CAT Eyes Program & “Run, Hide, Fight“, there still is no standardized effort to train citizens on terrorism and what they should do if an attack were to occur. If your local law enforcement agency, school or workplace hasn’t trained you in what to do; ask them to immediately!
In the meantime, this piece examines what can be done to try and make Americans more vigilant and mentally prepared for what may occur.
Posted onJanuary 6, 2017|Comments Off on How ’60 Minutes’ got it wrong about Chicago
This piece in The Hill looks at last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment entitled “Crisis in Chicago” and discuses how their analysis fails to truly explore the cause and effect of a violent crime epidemic in Chicago that left 764 people dead within the last year.
My November 10, 2016 column in The Hill addresses the post-election protests that have popped up across the nation, and why local law enforcement is not enforcing the requirement for demonstrations to have permits equally. Has “looking the other way” on non-permitted protests created a ‘carrot without a stick’ for protesters who gridlock cities without objectives, goals or organization to their protests? Please share and discuss as this is an important question for many of us who have been living with these demonstrations for upwards of two years now.
Posted onNovember 4, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Don’t let a few bad cops tarnish the image of law enforcement
In light of two stunning police corruption convictions in the New York metro area last week, this piece in The Hill looks at the details, contributors and pitfalls of each case to pick apart public opinion on the entire law enforcement community when a few criminals wear the badge.