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NC General Assembly police are looking at ways to enhance security

Visitors to the Legislative Building in recent days may have noticed something they haven’t seen before a uniformed police officer posted at the rear entrance to the building. The change is part of an overall security review of the legislative complex, according to police. Chief Martin Brock of the N.C .

General Assembly Police Department said officers are counting the number of people who use each entrance of the building . He described the review as part of an “ongoing conversation” about safety concerns. “We’re just looking at possible ways to enhance security in the complex, so we want to get an idea of how many people are coming and going,” he said. Brock, who took over as chief last spring with the retirement of former chief Jeff Weaver, said he expects officers to collect data for about a month. “It’s preliminary, a project that I instructed the officers to do so that we could look at ways to help make the place more safe,” Brock said. “Right now we’re just looking at the lobby entrances on this building . We may look at the other areas — the (Legislative Office Building), the basement, the parking decks on legislative property at a later time.” Building security has been routinely under review since at least the mid-1990s, said one senator who has pressed for greater security measures . Sen . Andrew Brock, a Davie County Republican, worked on the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms staff from 1995 to 1996 . He said that security reviews of the legislative complex were conducted by federal agencies in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, an act of domestic terrorism against a federal building that killed 168 people. “No one ever settles on security,” Sen .

Brock, no relation to the police chief, said. “It’s ever-changing so you’re always doing reviews year in and year out to see if best practices are in place and looking at incoming threats.” After Republicans took control of the General Assembly in 2011, Sen . Brock was behind a plan to install metal detectors at the Legislative Building and to require most visitors to enter through the main front entrance .

Those plans stalled because they were too expensive, he said. Sen . Brock said security at public buildings also has a political aspect. “That’s part of it, the perception of people coming in,” he said. “We like the openness of people being able to come in, but that’s also a hindrance .

You have liberty versus security as an issue.”

Security Officer – Carillion plc

Security Officer - Carillion PlcHelp us to transform tomorrow. We re looking for Security Professionals to deliver a security and reception service keeping our persons and premises safe. Here at Carillion, we re changing the world around us for the better, in measureable, meaningful ways.

Join us as a Security Officer and you ll have an important part to play.

Principal Accountabilities Build something better from patrolling the property to monitoring the entrance and authorisation of employees and visitors, join us as a Security Officer and it ll be down to you to maintain the security of people and property. Complying with the site assignment instructions at all times, we ll look to you to support the Regional Security Manager as you provide a wide variety of security services, including:

Responding to Answering alarms and investigating disturbances
Writing reports of daily activities and irregularities
Calling police or fire services departments in cases of emergency
Managing the access and CCTV system Additional Role Information Who we re looking for

We have roles on various contracts throughout the UK ranging from zero hour relief security roles to part time and full time positions. Locations include: Barrow in Furness, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bristol, Bromley, Coventry, Croydon, Dunfermline, Durham, Edinburgh, Gloucester, Hull, Leeds, Leek, Leicester, London, Macclesfield, Manchester, Newbury, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northampton, Oxford, Plymouth, Plympton, Preston, Peterborough, Sheffield, Stockport, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Uddington, Wakefield and Weymouth

To join us as a Security Officer, you ll need to have previously worked in a similar role and hold a valid SIA front line licence (Guarding). An NVQ Level 2 qualification would also be an advantage. Grow with our business

A career with Carillion is rewarding in more ways than one. As well as the chance to do meaningful work, you can typically expect to deliver against a range of responsibilities whilst taking pride in this key role as an important member of the Carillion team:

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  • Carillion Thank you scheme, which offers flexible, tax efficient benefits such as childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme and discounts on High Street brands.

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Providing better prospects for our people is at the heart of our strategy to enable everyone to fulfil their potential. We are constantly refreshing learning and development offerings to all our employees including, amongst others, a wide range of structured learning programmes that take account of all learning styles and methods.

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Homeless man claims Debenhams security guard deliberately …

A homeless man claims a Debenhams security guard deliberately soaked him and his bedding as he slept and ruined donations from members of the public after ‘shooing’ him away. Russell Lucas Allen said he was soaked with water in the incident outside the store in Portsmouth. Debenhams denied Mr Allen’s claims that it was a deliberate act and described the incident as an “unfortunate accident” which happened during “routine cleaning of the fire exit from inside the store”.

Mr Allen claims he woke up and thought his bottle had leaked over his food and bedding. But he alleges a security guard then goaded him and told him to leave, which was when he realised that it wasn’t an accident. Mr Allen said his possessions, including donations from the public, were ruined in the incident on Boxing Day.

He wrote on Facebook: “So to some of you you know my predicament of being homeless . But yesterday morning I woke up feeling wet socks and clothes thought I might of left a bottle open or something.

“I then get told by the security of Debenhams I have 10 minutes which was fine . But as he walked away he said enjoy your water bed.

Russell Lucas Allen posted this on Facebook

“So I bite back as it being boxing day . So I then begin to pack up my bedding to then discover that the secunity guard from the inside of debenhams had flooded all my bedding.

“And ruined clothing food dog bedding public donations brought by the kind members of public . So a few of us went into speak to managerment didn’t do anything apatently it’s accepteable (sic) to bullying the homeless and assault them while sleeping.

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“And when confronting the guard I got told I deserve it … . what someone Desevers to be homeless . Can I get opinions on this matter.”

His post was shared on a blog which has had lots of comments from locals and other well-wishers calling for Debenhams to take action.

One commenter wrote that they were disappointed that the manager allegedly had failed to take action.

The Debenhams store on Commercial Road, Portsmouth

Others called for a boycott of the store, with one woman writing: “I am so sorry you were treated in this way . Please believe that we are not all like that excuse for human being . And I will not be shopping in Debenhams in future x”

And one angry local even set up an online petition, calling for the security guard to be sacked.

The petition reads: “To take such callous action against a homeless person is not just cynical but at this time of the year is dangerous and carries a potential threat of hypothermia.

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“In response, I would suggest that members of the UK public withhold their custom and do not spend their money in Debenhams – right through the New Year sales if necessary – until the organisation meets their obligations as a responsible employer / retailer and acknowledges that the incident occurred, takes disciplinary action against the guard and makes a public apology.”

A Debenhams spokesman said: We take this matter very seriously and have investigated it thoroughly this morning.

“We have established that this was an unfortunate accident in which the routine cleaning of the fire exit from the inside of the store resulted in some of the gentleman s property on the other side of the fire exit becoming wet.

“Debenhams has now supplied the gentleman with new bedding and clothing, and a member of our team has met him to offer our sincere apologies for any distress caused.”