Master Security Officer killed at U.S. Census Bureau

A U.S. Census Bureau security officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man whom police said kidnapped a woman in a domestic dispute and led officers on a car chase through Maryland and Washington D.C. before being shot and captured.

A spokeswoman for Prince George's Hospital Center told the Associated Press that the officer, identified as Lawrence Buckner, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time. 

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told a news conference that Buckner was shot after he approached a car that matched a description of the kidnap suspect's vehicle. The shooting caused an hours-long lockdown at the Census Bureau campus in Suitland, Md., just outside Washington. 

The shooting was not terrorism-related, FBI Baltimore spokeswoman Amy J. Thoreson told the Associated Press in an e-mail, a statement that Lanier confirmed.

Failing to Prepare is like Preparing to Fail

If you show up for a Firearms Qualification (FAQ) and haven't put in the practice time, you may be leaving your success up to chance.  The common misconception is that unless opportunities to shoot the entire course of fire are provided to the shooter ("ICE-nights", pre-qualifications, etc.), the shooter is destined to fail.   The truth is, there are a plethora of methods to prepare oneself for a Firearms Qualification that have nothing to do with actually shooting.  Here are just a few:

1. Practice the mechanical fundamentals - There are plenty of inexpensive simulated offerings (BB-guns, air-soft pistols, etc.) available to work on basic marksmanship skills such as un-holstering, grip and trigger control.  No ammo needed.

2. Develop mindset - If you report to a FAQ with a negative outlook or lacking the mental focus on success, you may be already defeating yourself.   Shooting is fun.  During and FAQ, there's no room for being scared or frustrated at the idea of having to test your skills.

3. Get plenty of rest - Since your FAQ is scheduled well in advance, consider making adjustments to your schedule to avoid loss of sleep, whenever possible.  If you know your FAQ is scheduled immediately following your shift, ask your supervisor if any changes can be made to afford more down-time preceding your FAQ.   Even a "cat-nap" before shooting can help in some cases!

4. Unplug - Keep issues and problems off the range.  In other words, wrap up your personal business and leave the cell phone in the car!  Persistently checking your text messages or Facebook posts before the FAQ can be detrimental, should you suddenly become emotionally effected by something read just before attempting to qualify.

Remember:  Success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


Al Qaeda calls for car bombs in US cities, other 'crusader' countries

Originally published March 19, 2014

Al Qaeda is calling on terrorist affiliates to detonate car bombs in major U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, in the latest edition of its Inspire magazine. 

The issue comes nearly a year after the Boston Marathon bombing, and as the city readies new security measures for this year's race, being held next month. Inspire is the same magazine that included instructions for how to make pressure cooker bombs, which were used in last year's Boston attack. 

The magazine’s Spring 2014 issue urges jihadists to target heavily populated events such as political rallies and sporting events, both in the United States and abroad -- including in Great Britain, France and other “crusading” countries.

“Choosing the place and time is a crucial factor to success in any operation,” the magazine reads. “Choose targets in your own country. You know the enemy better, you are within … The important thing is that you target people and not buildings.”

Would-be bombers also are urged to consider launching attacks during “election seasons” and between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Specific targets are also cited, including Chicago’s "Sears Tower" (now called the Willis Tower), military bases in northern Virginia and soccer stadiums in Great Britain, particularly during Premier League matches.

“Disguise yourself during the operation, appear fat (add some clothes on you), change your complexion, be a 'clone', use any mask (believe me embarrassment is the last thing you will think about), wear a mask suitable for the festival, white beards on 25th Dec,” it reads. “All in all, be creative brother. The most important part to hide is your eyes and around.”

The issue also contains extremely detailed, “absolutely simple” instructions on how to build such a bomb.

“My Muslim brother, before you start reading the instructions, remember that this type of operation, if prepared well and an appropriate target is chosen, and Allah decrees success for you, history will never forget it,” the magazine reads. “It will be recorded as a crushing defeat on the enemies of Islam.”

FCTA and NRA: Shooting with the pros

The First Coast Training Academy and the National Rifle Association, the nation's leading authority on all things firearms-related, have recently developed a business partnership that will help create the ultimate training and qualification scenario.  

This is a First Coast Security Officer Exclusive!  

No more having to wait hours-on-end for the other companies' officers to finish their FAQs before stepping onto the range.  Get in.  Get it done.  Get home!

Stay tuned for more details.

First Coast Training Academy is finally here!

First Coast Security Solutions, Inc. has finally established it's own training academy.  In order to provide the most innovative and relevant training possible, the First Coast Training Academy is introducing newly developed and consolidated courses, more effective scheduling, and an unprecedented customized firearms qualification and training program!  For more information, visit this website built especially for you!