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August 10, 2012 | By Jan Ransom and Daily News Staff Writer
WITH BUDGET CUTS hitting law-enforcement agencies across the country, residents increasingly are taking matters into their own hands by joining town watches or hiring private security firms to help keep their neighborhoods safe. "Municipal services are on the lean because of financial and economic problems," said Robert Stokes, an associate professor at Drexel University who has studied private security in public places. "These neighborhoods feel like they have no other choice. " Stokes said 20 neighborhoods in Atlanta and at least four in Detroit have hired private guards.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Stein walked up amiably to a group of college-age men carrying a pizza and laughing uproariously as they made their way Friday night down West Chester's South Walnut Street. "Hey, guys - try to keep it down, all right?" he said. The men nodded, chastened. "Thanks for the warning, officer," one young man said, smiling. Stein isn't a police officer, but for residents of downtown West Chester, he's the next best thing. The owner of local private security firm ELPS Detective Agency, Stein has been contracted by the borough to provide additional security on weekend nights along its busiest streets - in other words, the route between the bars and the campus of West Chester University.
NEWS
May 31, 1995 | By Laura Genao, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, where thousands of dollars in horses, imported merchandise and souvenirs sit in outdoor stables and shops for nine days, providing security is a paramount consideration. In this small town of 10,000, the coming of the fair with its 100,000 visitors requires cooperation among townships, private security and local businesses. Police from Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships share duties outside the horse show. The Pinkerton Security Agency takes care of the money and most entrances and exits at the show, which continues through Saturday.
NEWS
April 3, 2004 | By Seth Borenstein and Scott Dodd INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
With the U.S. military stretched thin in Iraq and pursuing Osama bin Laden on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the job of keeping the peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and guarding the pipelines is being taken over by hired guns. In the chaotic world of nation-building, thousands of former special operations soldiers are working for an untold number of private security companies, making far more than Uncle Sam paid them. But there are big risks with the big paychecks. Four private security guards from Blackwater Security Consulting of North Carolina were killed Wednesday in Fallujah, Iraq.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The FBI seized documents Tuesday from the headquarters of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the FBI removed documents, but did not provide details of what was taken. Police Chief Nate Harper has been under scrutiny since a former friend of his was charged last year in connection with a bribery scheme on a contract to install radios and computers in police cars. Last week it emerged that Harper helped form a private security consulting firm with a civilian clerk and three city officers, including one he promoted from sergeant to commander.
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | Associated Press
PHOENIX - A police officer from the western suburb of Buckeye was killed and a second officer critically wounded yesterday in an early-morning shootout that also left a suspect dead. The off-duty officers were working a private security job at a nightclub when they got into an altercation that ended with a gunbattle, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The wounded officer had multiple wounds. A second suspect also was wounded and was in critical condition yesterday afternoon.
NEWS
September 23, 1994 | By Wes Conard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After more than a year of study and political wrangling, the Chester County Housing Authority board approved a plan yesterday that will bring both police and a private security firm to Coatesville's crime-ridden Oak Street public housing development. Under the plan, the authority will hire two full-time Coatesville police officers to be assigned to Oak Street. It will also pay a private security firm to provide two guards to work two shifts a day, seven days a week. The plan was a compromise between Oak Street residents and police.
NEWS
July 9, 1993 | by Ira A. Lipman, From the New York Times
Cities and suburban communities across America, desperate to slash budgets, have been looking into supplementing their police forces with private security guards. New York City allocated $28 million last year to increase private security at public schools. The chief of police of Kansas City, Mo., said he would like to contract with private firms to perform 22 tasks done by his police. Last month, Sussex, N.J., replaced its entire police force with private security officers.
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Bob Brady
One of the most destructive trends in our nation today is the growth of income inequality. The increasing concentration of wealth, the shrinking of the middle class, and the growing number of people who are working but still poor threaten prosperity and undermine democracy.   The frustration about this is palpable among many in my district. But the problem is so vast that many aren't sure how it can be addressed. Unions, it turns out, are part of the answer. I recently learned of a struggling working mother in my district.
NEWS
October 28, 1995 | By Dan Rottenberg
Suppose you've hired a private security firm to protect your home or office. And suppose the company's guards frequently beat your employees, shake down your relatives, even plant evidence to incriminate you. What's more, whenever you complain, these guards conduct mass demonstrations to cow you into silence. Nonsense, you say: No private security guards would treat customers that way. If they did, they would lose their customers to one of the 12,000 other private security firms eager for the business.
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February 19, 2013 | Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A former Western Pennsylvania prosecutor has been hired to review Pittsburgh police policies and procedures concerning officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the police bureau, the city announced Monday. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's appointment of Steven Toprani, former district attorney of Washington County, follows the FBI's seizure of boxes of documents from police headquarters this month. Officials said records involving secondary employment, training, and travel were taken.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The FBI seized documents Tuesday from the headquarters of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the FBI removed documents, but did not provide details of what was taken. Police Chief Nate Harper has been under scrutiny since a former friend of his was charged last year in connection with a bribery scheme on a contract to install radios and computers in police cars. Last week it emerged that Harper helped form a private security consulting firm with a civilian clerk and three city officers, including one he promoted from sergeant to commander.
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February 13, 2013
Star player on '79 Penn team fatally stabbed, reports say * Nether Providence, Delaware County Matt White, the star center of the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 Final Four basketball team, was found stabbed to death Monday, and his wife was being questioned, according to media reports. 6ABC reported that White had been found dead in his Nether Providence home in the afternoon. The Delaware County Daily Times cited police sources as saying that the incident was a fatal domestic dispute at the house on Parkridge Drive near Beatty Road, where White lived, according to public records.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Stein walked up amiably to a group of college-age men carrying a pizza and laughing uproariously as they made their way Friday night down West Chester's South Walnut Street. "Hey, guys - try to keep it down, all right?" he said. The men nodded, chastened. "Thanks for the warning, officer," one young man said, smiling. Stein isn't a police officer, but for residents of downtown West Chester, he's the next best thing. The owner of local private security firm ELPS Detective Agency, Stein has been contracted by the borough to provide additional security on weekend nights along its busiest streets - in other words, the route between the bars and the campus of West Chester University.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post
BENGHAZI, Libya - More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the wreckage of the U.S. mission on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate information about American operations in Libya. Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's trip, and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam film broke through a barricade near the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen were injured. In a move that could escalate tensions around the Arab world, the leader of the Hezbollah militant group on Sunday called for protests against the movie, saying that protesters should not only "express our anger" at U.S. embassies but urge leaders to act. The film, which denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries in recent days, including one in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador was killed.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year. But all that eye-welling magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the roughly $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Jan Ransom and Daily News Staff Writer
WITH BUDGET CUTS hitting law-enforcement agencies across the country, residents increasingly are taking matters into their own hands by joining town watches or hiring private security firms to help keep their neighborhoods safe. "Municipal services are on the lean because of financial and economic problems," said Robert Stokes, an associate professor at Drexel University who has studied private security in public places. "These neighborhoods feel like they have no other choice. " Stokes said 20 neighborhoods in Atlanta and at least four in Detroit have hired private guards.
SPORTS
July 18, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
LONDON - More used to patrolling the battlefields of Afghanistan than checking Olympic accreditations, smiling British troops fanned out across London's Olympic Park on Tuesday to fill the void left by the failure of the private security firm G4S to provide enough guards. The government had scramble to call in 3,500 extra soldiers and police to fill the gap after the security firm did not hire enough staff. Unarmed but in combat uniforms, soldiers with suntans acquired far from cloudy London were getting accustomed to their temporary theater of action, a former industrial wasteland transformed into Olympic venues and accommodation.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady
ONE OF THE MOST destructive and troubling trends in our nation is the growth of income inequality. The increasing concentration of wealth at the top, the shrinking of our middle class and the growing number of people who are working but still poor threatens our future prosperity and, as research of countries around the world shows, undermines our democracy. Frustration over this state of affairs is strong and palpable among many people I meet in my district. But the problem is so large in scope that many seem to feel unsure how to address it, or even hopeless that it can be solved.
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