Outsourcing Homeland Security


Security for some of the county's largest urban transportation networks is provided by private companies under contract with local counties and municipalities. Although many of the private workers are former police or military personnel, they are required to take additional special training to enable them to respond to catastrophes and acts of terrorism.

An investigation published last month by Inewsource at San Diego University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, however, suggests serious flaws in the level of training and preparation of security officers in San Diego.

The news outlet examined hundreds of pages of government contracts, employee handbooks and hazard mitigation plans; and interviewed law enforcement agents and security professionals at the federal, state, and local levels for the story. Inewsource reports it also talked with dozens of current and past employees “who risked their jobs and, some of them say, their lives to bring these issues to light.”

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