Friday, March 29, 2013

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, very well done & informative

It is long but for security types it does most of it's action in the first 40 pages.  The matrix used to help depict the Threats is both a tried and true approach, and if I may say so, one of the better approaches to be used.  A lot of Home Land Security types should be taking a good hard look at it.  It beats a lot of the Sector Plan(s) analysis in many ways.  I think a lot of folks in the field are still trying to see how Agriculture really tried to use the CARVER method, even with the additions for their approach.

It also does something else not seen to much these days, it deals with some thorny issues in a straight forward method.   There is a lot to be complimented here.

In page two, it addresses an issue that many States and Cities want to it seems hide.  Yes under the 8 indexed crime stats crime has come down, but it states quite correctly that index is not showing the true crime picture. I have taken one section for page 2 that deal with the issue:

For example, the majority of the crimes committed in Texas by the Mexican cartels and transnational and state-wide gangs go unreported, and include crimes such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, public corruption, money laundering, and the recruitment and use of children in criminal operations. If there were a national organized crime index in the Uniform Crime Report, Texas would most likely lead the nation as a direct result of Mexican cartel and gang activity along the border and throughout the state.

New York, for instance claims a higher percentage of HLS grant money than most states, but has probably less threat issues than Texas.

The Texas report also deals with High Threat criminals that are not normally associated with high threat, for instance on page 30 of the report it shows:

1.4 High Threat Criminals
(U) Criminals associated with organized crime are not the only individuals who pose a significant criminal threat to Texas. A traditional and now outdated approach to analyzing criminal activity has been simply to distinguish between violent and non-violent offenses. However, this distinction does not explicitly take into account other factors that assist in illustrating and understanding this threat. Certainly murders, rapists, armed robbers, serial burglars and arsonists are high threat criminals, but others are as well. These include those engaged in organized crime activities such as extortion, kidnapping, public corruption, drug and human trafficking, and compelling prostitution, as well as those who prey on children and the elderly. High threat criminals include pedophiles and other sex offenders; gang members; career criminals; criminals that prey on children, the elderly, and other vulnerable victims; and criminals that are statistically likely to re-offend. As such, the Texas Department of Public Safety identifies as High Threat Criminals those individuals whose criminal activity poses a serious public safety or homeland security threat.

Further on in the same page is the issue of "crimes of mass effect" as shown here:

(U) Serial criminals who operate across jurisdictions and who commit multiple crimes not only affect their immediate victims, but also have the potential to cause fear and have other psychological and behavioral impacts on the general population. These crimes of mass effect represent challenges to the investigators and prosecutors who work to arrest and convict these criminals, but they are among the highest priority for law enforcement agencies. In response to several high-profile crimes of mass effect in Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety established task forces composed of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate these crimes that targeted multiple victims over a span of time and had a reverberating impact on the community. These task forces included the dedication of substantial resources, in the form of Texas Rangers, Troopers, Agents, surveillance, intelligence analysts, forensic teams, and others.

By taking into account these issues, it may reflect badly on a chart or spread sheet, but it does give Texas a firm knowledge of the real Threats it faces.  I hope this report get's the airing and exposure it deserves, taking your head out of the sand and getting real look at what is happening around you is in my talks around the country the first part in making us all safer.  Awareness starts with each of us, but in this case DPS has brought an awareness that we all needed to see.

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