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Royal Wedding: Behavioural Detection Officers and specialist firearms units at key railway stations


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle on May 19 and British Transport Police have given details of its security operation.

Web https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/royal-wedding-behavioural-detection-officers-1489248#ICID=sharebar_twitter


Behavioural Detection: a case study from London Gatwick 


Airport operators are constantly working to achieve compliance against heavily prescribed security regulations, but what more can be done to protect against the threat as it has evolved today? Andy Palmer discusses how Gatwick Airport has taken a ‘compliance plus’ approach to security through the implementation of its behavioural detection programme.

Web https://www.asi-mag.com/behavioural-detection-case-study-london-gatwick/


Tavcom Training has launched an Advanced Body Language Skills for CCTV course


Tavcom Training has launched an Advanced Body Language Skills for CCTV course. The training develops the essential skills needed to recognise and read incident risk behaviour and have a greater understanding of people profiling, situational awareness and cultural differences when conducting CCTV surveillance.

Web http://www.risk-uk.com/tavcom-training-launches-advanced-body-language-skills-for-cctv-course/


Behaviour Detection Demystified: A Glimpse into the TSA’s Capability


Since its inception, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Behaviour Detection programme has been criticised for allegedly being a racial ‘profiling technique’ and not scientifically valid. In spite of these criticisms, the TSA continues to deploy this capability. Jennifer Blanchard delves into the reasons why a capability focused on human behaviour is so critical to any security infrastructure and attempts to put the profiling allegations to rest.

Web https://www.asi-mag.com/behaviour-detection-demystified-glimpse-tsas-capability/


Behavioural Analysis 2018


Behavioural Analysis 2018 was held in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 14th and 15th March 2018. It had delegates, academics and security professionals from all over the world attend to discuss the use of BDO's and the science around their use.

With talks by Paul Williams from the o2 Arena in London and Ashly Helser from the Mall of America, their was a wide variety of experience on show.

Philip Baum from Green Light masterminded the event which was a resounding success.

Web http://www.behaviouralanalysis.com/


GAO: TSA can't count on spotting terrorists through behavioral tics


But TSA said behavior-detection is just one layer of security to thwart adversaries. On some occasions, suspicious behavior leads to criminal arrests by law enforcement: In 2008 in Orlando,behavior-detection officers noticed a suspicious passenger checking in and ordered secondary screening for the checked bags.

Web www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/20/gao-tsa...behavior/496938001/


More behavioural detection officers at airports urged | Daily Mail Online


Mr Finn said that airports in the UK, the US and Switzerland are using behavioural detection officersin a bid to spot potential attackers. "They can patrol the vulnerable areas land-side, looking at how people are conducting themselves to see if there's anything that doesn't look quite right." There have been ...

Web http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3504458/More-behavioural-detection-officers-airports-urged.html


The Truth Behind the Title: Behavior Detection Officer


No. You're being watched by Behavior Detection Officers, or BDOs in government acronym-speak. ... Whether someone's trying to sneak through that excellent stone ground mustard they bought on vacation, a knife, or a bomb, behavior detection officers like me are trained to spot certain suspicious behaviors out of the crowd.

Web www.tsa.gov/blog/2008/02/29/truth-behind-title-behavior-detection-officer


Exclusive: TSA's Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists


One former Behavior Detection Officer manager, who asked not to be identified, said that SPOT indicators are used by law enforcement to justify pulling aside anyone officers find suspicious, rather than acting as an actual checklist for specific indicators.

Web https://theintercept.com/2015/03/27/revealed-tsas-closely-held-behavior-checklist-spot-terrorists/


Dr Craig Donald give Super Recognisers the edge


Dr Craig Donald who is a world leading academic on behavioural detection has recently been working with Super Recognisers International Ltd to give their Super Recognisers training in relation to behavioural analysis and detection. Now not only are they academically identified as Super Recognisers, they now have the further training as behavioural detection officers.

Web www.superrecognisersinternational.com


Project Servator - British Transport Police


We use Project Servator to deter, detect and disrupt a wide range of criminal activity on the rail network while providing a reassuring presence for the travelling public. Project Servator deployments are unpredictable and highly visible. They are designed to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, from ...

Web http://www.btp.police.uk/advice_and_information/tackling_crime/project_servator.aspx


Be careful with your face at airports (Opinion) - CNN


Through a program called Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, the TSA employs thousands of "behavior detection officers" who scrutinize travelers to look for signs of "mal-intent" in airport screening areas. The officers typically spend less than 30 seconds scanning an average ...

Web https://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/19/opinions/handeyside-tsa-spot-program/index.html


The psychology of behavior detection officers - Mind Hacks


Time magazine is reporting that 'behaviour detection officers' have been introduced to US airports who have been trained to pick out potential terrorists by analysing, at least in part, facial expressions. Despite the enthusiasm of the authorities for this new approach, there's no clear evidence that it will be ...

Web https://mindhacks.com/2007/08/19/the-psychology-of-behavior-detection-officers/


Behavior Detection Officers - Privacy SOS


Some 3,000 “behavior detectionofficers have been deployed in at least 160 US airports in a TSA program called SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques). They are supposed to monitor suspicious body language and spot terrorists in a program costing $200 million annually. Over the last few years, ...

Web https://privacysos.org/bdo/


Israeli Aviation Security Expert Calls TSA's Behavioral Detection Skill...


Yeffet says the TSA's behavior detection officers spend four days in a classroom instead of lengthier instruction and being tested in the field, and that the TSA should be hiring former detectives and people with high-qualifty security experience to fill these roles. The GAO cited a study that it reviewed that ...

Web https://skift.com/2013/11/15/tsas-behavioral-detection-techniques-are-worthless-says-former-el-al-security-director/