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Claims council has removed long standing security patrols

Nightly security guard patrols have been removed from Dundee city centre, The Courier understands. Guards have patrolled City Square and the surrounding area on 12 hour shifts for several years. Patrollers were asked to check in at points throughout the centre while attempting to curb anti social behaviour.

Now it s claimed the patrols have been dropped by Dundee City Council. Night shift cover on the council s Dundee House building has also been removed, it s said. Dundee City Council refused to elaborate on the reported changes, citing security reasons for the refusal.

However the administration notes changes to security arrangements at Dundee House and City Square in its annual budget report. The changes, the administration claims, will involve improved risk management and more effective use of technology (which) will enable increased efficiency in this area . But The Courier has been informed by an industry source that a long-standing security arrangement for guards to patrol both the city centre and Dundee House has been withdrawn.

In 2014, figures emerged showing the council spends around 40,000 every year on security guards for City Square. At the time, Councillor Will Dawson, city development convener, said: Costs of vandalism and graffiti have greatly reduced since security was introduced at City Square.

The presence of security helps to protect property, while offering reassurance for staff who work in the square. Earlier this month, figures were published showing the administration has spent 250,000 on maintaining CCTV cameras in Dundee over the last four years.

In the last financial year alone, the council paid 69,371.33 refurbishing some of its 87 cameras. The most recent update from the local authority shows there are currently five with minor faults which are not working. The peak expenditure came in 2013/14 when 74,046.12 was spent maintaining the cameras

Commenting on the figures, Daniel Nesbitt, research director of Big Brother Watch,said: Dundee City Council should be regularly reviewing its CCTV network and if the cameras aren t making a difference then they should be scaled back.

Paris gunman reportedly ‘known’ to security services

Two police officers and gunman are dead following a Paris shooting incident (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A gunman who killed a Paris police officer, and seriously wounded another two, before being shot dead was known to security services . It comes after the suspect opened fire on the police while they were stationed at the Champs-Elysees earlier tonight. It is understood the assailant stepped out of a car at a red light and opened fire with a Kalashnikov machine gun, also known as an AK-47.

One officer have been confirmed dead, with two wounded, as has their assailant. Police have confirmed they are now searching the attacker s home. The French Interior Ministry has said it is too early to say what the motive behind the attack was, but have said officers were deliberately attacked.

The counter-terror office has opened a preliminary investigation into the attack, but there has also been speculation that it could have been related to an armed robbery attempt. Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station. A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.

The attack comes three days before the first round of France s tense presidential election. A televised debate with all 11 presidential candidates was being broadcast when the attack took place. Security is high around the vote after France has been attacked in recent years.

Most recently, soldiers providing security at prominent locations were attacked in separate incidents one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

More from the Press and Journal

Cleveland Police Increase Pacers vs .

Cavaliers Security Due to Facebook Killer

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist1April 17, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers2 will have increased security for Monday night’s Game 2 matchup against the Indiana Pacers3 with the “Facebook killer” still at large, according to Kevin Johnson4 of USA Today.

“People probably won’t notice anything different, but for every one uniformed officer there will probably be three (plainclothes officers) roaming through the crowd to look for anything unusual,” said Stephen Loomis, the president of the Cleveland police union.

“We have all the usual security plans in place for the Cavs game and above that,” Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams added. “Everybody will be safe coming to the Cavs game.”

Steve Stephens, the alleged Facebook killer, is the subject of a national manhunt after he uploaded a video to Facebook that showed Robert Godwin Sr . being shot in the head and killed in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, according to Emily Shapiro5 of ABC News.

Stephens claimed to have committed additional murders, according to police, though no other victims have been found . He is being pursued on the charge of aggravated murder.

The Cavaliers and Pacers are set to play at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night at 7 p.m .

ET in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series .

The Cavaliers won Game 1, 109-108.

References

  1. ^ Timothy Rapp (bleacherreport.com)
  2. ^ Cleveland Cavaliers (bleacherreport.com)
  3. ^ Indiana Pacers (bleacherreport.com)
  4. ^ Kevin Johnson (www.usatoday.com)
  5. ^ Emily Shapiro (abcnews.go.com)