Sunday, September 3, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - September 3, 2017

Maine Cyber Safety Summit. Thomas College and the Maine State Chamber are hosting a two-day event in three locations to assist Maine businesses in protecting themselves from possible losses. The summit will cover topics relating to cyber security and safeguarding information. Speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and security firms will provide presentations. Read more in "Thomas College and Maine State Chamber collaborate to provide Maine Cyber Safety Summit: Keeping Maine Businesses Safe", Bangor Daily News, August 28, 2017. See also Maine Cyber Safety Summit.

View a calendar of safety and security events in Maine.

Military Hardware for Police. The restrictions on the sale or transfer of surplus military hardware, equipment, and weapons to law enforcement agencies has been loosened. Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, made the announcement recently during the Fraternal Order of Police conference held this month. Listen to a podcast on the topic in "Trump Administration Lifts Limits on Military Hardware for Police", Maine Public On Point, August 28, 2017.

Maine LE and Marijuana. The ability for cannabis to be legally grown and sold in Maine does not mean that Maine police and the U.S. Border Patrol will be ignoring the current laws and regulations on the books. Read more in "U.S. Border Patrol in Maine warns legalization won't halt marijuana seizures", Press Herald, August 28, 2017.

Safety - Planning Ahead for Disasters. September is National Preparedness Month and it is a great time to make a plan for your family and friends. Read more in "Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can", Boothbay Register, August 28, 2017.

Citizen Soldier and Border Patrol Officer Serves Maine. A member of the 185th Engineer Support Company of the Maine Army National Guard also works as a member of the U.S. Border Patrol. Read how Specialist Justin Theriault serves the state of Maine in two capacities in "Maine Soldier Serves Country On and Off Duty",  DVIDS, August 17, 2017.

Map of Officer Shootings in Maine. The Maine Attorney General's office reported 53 officer-involved shootings in Maine since the beginning of 2012. View an "Interactive Map: Police Use of Deadly Force in Maine", Press Herald, August 18, 2017.

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