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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.”

CIT ATM Officer – Harlow

CIT ATM Officer - HarlowCardtronics is the largest independent provider of ATMs (Cash Services) to businesses throughout the World. In the UK we have gone from strength to strength and are now considered the first choice for many of the UKs major organisations when they are considering ATM installation.
In 2014 we grew from 500 to 1300 staff and currently employ around 1000 employees. Our UK network of 16,000 machines we were responsible for over 459 million ATM transactions, that s about 14 per second!!

You may not recognise our name but chances are you will have used our ATMs!!

To ensure we continue to provide a first class service to our Customers and Clients, we are recruiting for 2 ATM Officers to join our depot based in Harlow. Reporting directly to the Shift Manager you will be responsible for operating to the highest security standards performing all elements of the Cash in Transit Service. What Is The Role?

As an ATM Officer you will c ontribute to the delivery of agreed vault service levels in line with Company standards and processes, through the safe and secure movement of cash and valuables between locations to enable service delivery, vault colleagues and that any business risk is mitigated. What Will I Be Doing?

  • Complete all training as required to ensure you are fully capable in order that individual performance levels are maximised.
  • Utilise vehicle security features, personal protective equipment and adhere to company security processes in order to mitigate risk, control and protect company cash, assets and equipment (incl. phone & keys) and people.
  • Execute company processes and complete all associated documentation in order to ensure the secure receipt, transportation and deployment of company cash into the ATM in line with operational targets.
  • Proactively identify and recommend appropriate changes in order to make business improvements.
  • Drive and park company vehicles responsibility and in line with the highway code, company policy and procedures in order to ensure compliance to all H&S, legal (e.g. road safety and driving legislation), regulatory (SIA) ensuring full reporting of defects, maintain cleanliness and completion of relevant documentation as required.
  • Ensure the full and effective use of, and input to GTAS system in order to provide data to internal stakeholders so that effective business analysis and decisions can be made.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with internal and external service providers in order to ensure an efficient service is delivered to the depot so that the depot can operate effectively.

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We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate that they are trustworthy, responsible and have a methodical approach to work. Candidates who have previous experience with the Police, Military or security background would be an advantage, however full training will be provided if you have no previous experience and are new to the Security industry. In addition, we are also looking for: –

  • A current and full UK driving licence (ideally no more than a maximum of 6 penalty points)
  • A valid SIA CIT licence is desirable, however this can be obtained through Cardtronics
  • Flexible approach to working patterns
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience within a driving role
  • Ability to work as part of a team or lone working
  • Security awareness
  • Ability to follow instructions and work to deadlines
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  • 26,208 per annum, increasing to 27,456 per annum after successful probationary period plus access to great benefits like Pension, Westfield Healthcare and an Employee Assistance Programme
  • 48 hrs working week
  • 22 days holiday, not including Bank Holidays, this rises to 25 after 5 years service.

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Cardtronics is a $1 billion turnover global organisation and we are the best in our field, since our founding in 1999 we have grown in the world s largest provider of independent ATM machines throughout North America and UK/Europe. You will be joining at an incredibly exciting time for our business; we are consolidating our positon with new sales and acquisitions across the UK and into Europe.

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Bomb explodes at home of Northern Ireland police officer

The scene at Ardanlee in the Culmore area of Derry where the discovery of a suspicious object was at the centre of a security alert . Several homes in the area were evacuated . Picture Martin McKeown . .


A bomb has exploded outside the home of a Northern Ireland police officer in the Culmore area of Londonderry. The device exploded as Army bomb squad officers moved in to defuse it just after 2pm on Wednesday.

PSNI and Army Technical Officers at the scene in Ardanlee, Derry, following the discovery of a suspect device. /Lorcan Doherty Press Eye Photography – 22nd February January 2017.

Police said it was fortunate there were no serious injuries or death. A security alert is underway in the area and the cordon extended following the explosion . Another security alert in Sion Mills in Strabane has now ended and Army technical officers have removed a suspicious object for further examination. Sycamore Avenue has now reopened to traffic and evacuated residents allowed to return to their homes. It is understood the Culmore device was planted under the officer’s car before it dropped off . It was then spotted by a neighbour. The device, described as “more intricate” than a basic pipe bomb, exploded as soon as the Army robot touched it.

District Commander Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said the device was designed to kill. He said: “We should be thankful that we are not talking about the death or serious injury of someone. “Shortly after 9.30am we were made aware of a suspect device at the home of one of my colleagues in Ardnalee, off the Culmore Road here in the city.

“We immediately took steps to ensure the safety of the community which resulted in 12 families being evacuated from their homes. “As Army Technical Officers were working on the device, it exploded . My colleague is someone who gets out of his bed every morning to go to work with the sole aim of ensuring the safety of the community and working to prevent harm in the community. “This is in sharp contrast to individuals who left a viable explosive device in a residential area with kids and families and the dangers don’t need to be explained in depth.

“It is our firm belief that violent dissident republicans are responsible for this attack.” The policeman is said to have been badly traumatised.

Superintendent McCalmont continued: “You can imagine the impact on someone who lives and works at the heart of our community and I am sure the trauma for him and his family is quite mammoth.”

PSNI and Army Technical Officers at the scene in Ardanlee, Derry, following the discovery of a suspect device. /Lorcan Doherty Press Eye Photography – 22nd February January 2017

“This was not a basic pipe bomb but something more intricate but more detail will be provided in time . It was planted there to kill and cause harm and this was an attempt one of my colleagues.” Residents have told the Belfast Telegraph they are angry a police officer living in their community cannot do so in peace. The Policing Board said the officer involved had a “lucky escape”. The organisation’s vice chair Debbie Watters said: I am grateful that the evil intent of those responsible for leaving this device did not succeed. “This officer has had a very lucky escape but such activity reinforces the continuing threat that exists for our police officers both on and off duty. “As a community it is our responsibility to ensure those behind such activity are brought to justice and I would urge anyone with information to bring it to the police or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

PSNI and Army Technical Officers at the scene in Ardanlee, Derry, following the discovery of a suspect device. /Lorcan Doherty Press Eye Photography – 22nd February January 2017 .

Superintendent Gordon McCalmont, District Commander, Foyle, speaking at the PSNI press conference following the discovery of a bomb under the car of a serving policeman. /Lorcan Doherty Press Eye Photography – 22nd February January 2017.

Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland Mark Lindsay said: “This was a lethal device, capable of killing or maiming the Officer who was targeted, or anyone else who might have come into contact with it. “This was an act of cowardice . It was reckless and wanton, and displayed utter disregard for life . People who target and attempt to murder Officers have nothing to offer their communities or society at large other than misery and destruction. “The people who planned and carried out this attack should be ostracised by their own communities and by people who support the democratic path.

“It s worth remembering that this Officer was singled out because of the job he does, which is to protect the entire community and rid us of this terrorist scourge.” SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said the “cowards” responsible were “enemies of the Irish people.”

“They are enemies of the Irish people . Their malicious and murderous attempt to bring violence back to our streets has failed before and it will fail again.

My thoughts are with the police officer and their family at what will undoubtedly be a difficult time . No one in this city or in this society should be threatened for the public service they provide.

If anyone has any information about this attempt to murder a citizen of our city and destroy the hard won peace we enjoy, I would appeal to them to bring it forward. The DUP’s Gary Middleton condemned those responsible. He said: I utterly condemn the irresponsible actions of those who saw fit to leave these devices at the home of a police officer and in Sion Mills . These are despicable acts which endangered the lives of innocent people who simply go about their everyday routine.

“The intentions are to drag Northern Ireland back into the past by instilling fear and intimidation . Our community do not want to see this type of evil activity and this deeply disturbing incident should be unequivocally condemned. “Republicans will seek to use any political vacuum for their own agenda but they will not succeed .

Political stability in Northern Ireland is important .

Today we must all stand together to send out a message that it is unacceptable to endanger life in this way and we will continue to work to move Northern Ireland forward.

“As a community there is a duty to ensure this type of activity does not continue and I would urge anyone with information to contact the Police.

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