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The IMO of Mato Grosso Sings the Praises of CSECO's CT-30 Contraband Detection Team KitThe Integrated Management Office (IMO) of the State of Mato Grosso, the largest state in the country of Bolivia, recently tested the CSECO Contraband Detection Test Kit. They used the CT-30 Kit from April 16 to May 27 and had the following comments. All comments in parenthesis are taken directly from their official report.

The CSECO Buster is “very useful for inspections which require speed without room for error in a maximum of five minutes for the parts of the vehicle to be inspected, without having to disassemble anything in places where materials of contraband are found.” Contraband could be money, electronic equipment, weapons or illicit materials. They went on to explain that the Buster could be used at night due to the reflector light that is built into the display which makes it possible for the user to clearly see their results.

The report also stated that the Buster was easy to use and that “anyone with minimal instruction is capable of utilizing the Buster.” They also liked how robust the instrument was in case it was accidentally dropped, but since the Buster includes a strap which users can wrap around their wrist, there was no reason for the equipment to be dropped.

The CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit also includes the FV-Series Fiberscope. The report went on to say that when the Buster was not applicable, they used the fiberscope which is a “long range instrument used when we need to inspect small entrance holes in order to find something hidden, for example: vehicle air conditioners, internal door parts of vehicles and even the fuel tank.” Since the cable is coated with a resistant material, combustible fuels like gasoline, ethanol or diesel do not damage it. The fiberscope made it possible for those testing the contraband detection equipment to inspect all of these places because the fiber optic lights.

Other aspects of the fiberscope the IMO found helpful was the articulated movement of the tip which enabled them to search deeper into the air conditioning ducts of vehicles. They felt this helped reduce the amount of certain types of contraband smuggling down to zero. Along with the articulated tip, they tested the optional photographic camera which allowed them to take photographs periodically during the inspection, giving them photographic proof along with a way to digitally store the evidence.

The Leica Laser Range Meter was used to compare internal and external measurements of truck beds. When they noticed any discrepancies, they were able to do further inspections to determine if false bottoms or fake walls were holding contraband. They noted, “Even in places with low light, or at night, it proved to be efficient because of the illuminated viewfinder, facilitating the inspection and decreasing the changes of an inefficient inspection.”

Although similar tools are already in use by their state police, they found the CSECO PN – Series Inspection Probe Kit  to “greatly facilitate heavy load inspections since the tip has a beveled orifice which collects the product that is being loaded.”

The extension provided with the kit allows officers to reach at least 1.5 meters further, enabling them to penetrate the bottom of a load of food to see if other items are underneath. With the orifice, it also allows the officer to more easily identify any other materials that are transported with the food.

The CT-30 kit also includes smaller inspection tools, about the size of a pencil that can be carried by police offers and used to inspect smaller cargo. Other tools include a pair of pliers, hacksaw, scissors, Philip’s screwdriver, a can opener and mini flashlight. This small tool kit is easily portable, able to hang from the police officer’s belt, which will provide the tools needed if it is necessary to disassemble equipment.

An extension mirror is also included in the CSECO CT-30 Kit. Their police force already uses a similar tool, but the CT-30 Kit extension mirror includes a flashlight that is attached to its base.  They noted this tool is “ideal for performing inspections on top of a tall car and also at the bottom of vehicles.” The mirror also can be extended to 1.5 meters.

After testing the CSECO CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, the IMO concluded, “This kit can be very useful for the conducting of day-to-day police raids, which require agility and precision with no margin for errors. It would be very interesting if we had our border operations equipped with this type of kit because the amount of contraband seized would really increase. We would consequently also catch new traffickers and smugglers trying to infiltrate the country with these types of materials.”

The report concluded by saying “… every day that passes, we encounter more and more unusual situations with traffickers that are hiding drugs, weapons, money and contraband in the most difficult places to imagine. We cannot keep an edge or stay ahead of their creativity without investing in new technologies that will combat them effectively.”

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Purdue University Awards Honorary Doctorate in Engineering to Anthony “Tony” Harris, CSECO President and CEO

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Co. (CSECO) President and CEO Anthony “Tony” Harris an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering during May 11 commencement ceremonies at Purdue University. The Honorary Doctorate is the highest honor Purdue University bestows to an engineering alumnus and recognizes Harris’ outstanding accomplishments in the engineering field. This degree is only given to those who have made exceptional and lasting achievements in the field of engineering.

Harris received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1975. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business he earned in 1979. This Honorary Doctorate continues his long-standing relationship with the university.

Before he purchased CSECO, which was established by Patrick J. Campbell in 1984, Harris was the vice president for Calpine Corporation. Prior to that, he was the vice president of national account services and western region sales for PG&E Energy Services. He has also held the position of vice president of marketing and sales for Pacific Gas and Electric Company as well as president of Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc.

An entrepreneur at heart, Harris has also been president and CEO of StyleChoice.com and Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury. He also is active in the community. He is passionate about training young engineers and founded the National Society of Black Engineers over 32 years ago as a student at Purdue University. He currently serves as it’s national advisory board chairman. He is a member of the board of directors for SF JAZZ Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank Advisory Board. He enjoys contemporary art, jazz and wine.

International Drug Enforcement Conference in Bali, Indonesia

International Sales Director, Damaune Journey is currently attending the IDEC to represent CSECO and demonstrate the effectiveness of our products in various law enforcement agency’s drug interdiction effort. High level drug enforcement officials meet at this annual conference to share drug related information and discuss methods to develop a coordinated approach to stop international drug traffickers. The IDEC has steadily grown since it was established in 1983 and today there are over 100 countries in attendance. Check out some photos of the popular products that are attracting the most attention at this conference here.

At the IDEC the majority of the agenda is devoted to forming working group sessions where senior level law enforcement officials meet and discuss strategy and form coordinated efforts to attack large drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. During this time tactics are shared and effective implementation of technology is a prominent topic of conversation. Campbell Harris Security Equipment is in attendance to demonstrate the success stories various law enforcement agencies have had with the aid of the CT-30 Contraband Detection Kit and K910B Density Buster. The Buster, Fiberscope and CT-30 Kit have been promoted by all agencies in attendance for their effectiveness in identifying drugs and other contraband in illegal transport vehicles at international borders. We hope this conference gives us the opportunity to put our interdiction tools to use in all nations involved in an active and aggressive approach to ridding the modern world of illegal drug trafficking.

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Damaune Journey and Anthony Harris along with interpreter Lays Brenha are ready to show off the CT-30 kit and Density Buster at the Latin American Aero & Defense Expo in Brazil.

Our sales directors at CSECO, Anthony Harris and Damaune Journey, have been busy throughout the month of April attending international security trade shows to exhibit our portable interdiction equipment to police officers and government agents worldwide. In this last month alone they have been participating in trade shows in Brazil, Taiwan, England, and Mexico. It has been a great experience and we love the enthusiasm received about the effectiveness of the Buster K910B Contraband Detection Kit at the LAAD Expo in Brazil!

Our tradeshow booths offer patrons the opportunity to use some of the equipment we exhibit such as the FV Fiberscope, Leica Laser Rangefinder, and of course the Buster Contraband Detector and Density Meter. To demonstrate the clarity and resolution of the fiberscope Sales Director Anthony Harris asks a major Brazilian Police Equipment Distributor to count the change in his pocket. The fiberscope’s built in LED provides crystal clear lighting and images even in the darkest crevasses; the two-way articulation feature allows the user to pan 120 degrees in order to thoroughly inspect suspicious areas.

Another popular and extremely valuable interdiction tool that should be in the arsenal of any contraband inspection team is the Leica Laser Rangefinder. The device allows inspection officers to quickly and effectively identify false walls in diesel truck freight trailers. A measurement of the length from the outside must equal the measurement from the inside unless the trailer has been tampered with and smugglers are trying to hide something. In the photo below Damaune Journey demonstrates the ease of use and fast operation of the Leica Laser Rangefinder to a Brazilian Firefighter.

The crowd favorite at the LAAD Expo was innovative Buster K910B Density Meter. Its simple yet effective operation wowed the trade show patrons and drew in quite a crowd during the demonstration. Government Officials and military service men got a chance to try out the density meter technology for themselves and see how it easily detects objects hidden from view.

Brazil is a beautiful country with great food and great people. It was an honor participating in trade show surrounded by professionals who dedicate their lives to the protection and service of their country. We hope to continue to conduct good business with Latin America and provide top quality products to help keep their streets safe and drug free!

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As narcotics smugglers find new ways to conceal their contraband in new vehicle models and unorthodox locations, US Customs and Border Patrol Agents must also adapt and improve their interdiction equipment to stay a step ahead of the traffickers. In addition providing the world’s leading density meter, Density Buster K910B, CSECO is now offering a much improved model of optical fiberscope. The new fiberscope greatly improves the ease and accuracy in which officers can inspect tough to reach areas in vehicles such as gas tanks and dashboard control panels.

CSECO’s lightweight FV Series Fiberscope provides exceptional mobility and the built in LED light source provides brilliant high resolution images. Interdiction officers can quickly and efficiently perform a thorough visual inspection of concealed areas in suspect vehicles with the FV Series Fiberscope. It includes a 2 meter (80 inch) tungsten shielded insertion probe which can be safely submerged in fuel or water without causing damage to the scope. Also, with the probe inserted in narrow vehicle passages the officer can survey 120 degrees with the fiberscope’s built in up-down 2 way articulation. With over 16,000 individual strands of optical fiber and the high-intensity light handle visibility is crystal clear even in the darkest spaces.

There are also a number of additional product attachments and accessories offered with the FV Series Fiberscope that make this an invaluable tool in the fight to keep drugs and various contraband off the streets. One such attachment is the Megapixel camera with 3” LCD monitor which grants the officer easy viewing while simultaneously recording the findings for later reporting. Another useful attachment is the Window Wedge used to allow the fiberscope probe to inspect door panels.

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In December of 2011, Alameda, California based Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) was invited to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The purpose of the visit to Riyadh, the political capital of KSA, was to demonstrate a range of CSECO contraband detection equipment to various law enforcement entities within the KSA. A number of agencies in KSA had heard of CSECO’s equipment and the successes various other nations have had using these products to secure their borders and requested a private demonstration to better understand and evaluate this leading technology.

Hosted by of one of Saudi’s largest and most respected security contractors, CSECO had the opportunity to present its products and services to the KSA equivalent of the United States Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The security firm and both government agencies were very impressed with the items, specifically the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector and the FV-Series Fiberscope, and preliminary discussions of a longer-term relationship ensued. One agency official had previously possessed a Buster® Contraband Detector and noted that one of the additional benefits of the visit was the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how best to employ and utilize the equipment to accomplish key border security goals.

Damaune Y. Journey, Director of International Sales & Marketing for CSECO represented the company in Saudi Arabia. During a discussion with a top-ranking official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Journey had this to say to about the opportunity in Saudi Arabia, “Saudi Arabia, as one of the largest and wealthiest countries in the region, has much to protect, not the least of which is an amazing citizenry, culture, and devout way of life. Given some of the Kingdom’s varied and plentiful neighbors, border security is a chief concern and CSECO is willing and able to help in that effort”. CSECO, typically one of a number of companies on international visits of this sort, was the sole invited guest on this occasion. “This highlights to us the value placed on our equipment and brings CSECO tremendous pride and honor to be the held in such high regard.” Journey said. “Hopefully, the next visit will be one to train officers on this equipment’s highest and best use to make the Kingdom even more safe and to secure its people and their future.”

CSECO manufactures contraband detection equipment, namely the CT-30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit and the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector, used most often in the U.S. and abroad at checkpoints – land and sea – to inspect vehicles and vessels for smuggled goods. For over 25 years this equipment has been used to limit the flow of illegal narcotics, currency, and explosives into the U.S. and its partners.

After reviewing the 2014 Brazilian World Cup, here at CSECO we wanted to check in and see how London’s security efforts were moving along. The 2012 Olympics will be the first time the Olympics have been held in a destination with a high threat level. London is currently boasting a ‘severe’ threat level. This is the second highest on their 5 pronged threat level system – meaning they expect an attack to be highly likely. From the opening ceremony on July 27th to September 9th, the Olympic Games are expected to host 14,000 athletes, 10 million spectators, and bring in a worldwide audience of 4 billion viewers. Any event with this echelon of media coverage is expected to be a huge target for terrorists.London 2012 Olympic Games LOGO

According to the UK’s security service, MI5, they will need to create an interdiction between the Games and their four leading subjects:

  • Al Qaeda
    Despite two of their leaders being killed off, Osama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, MI5 still believes Al-Qaeda remains their biggest threat for the 2012 London Olympics.
  • A Single Actor or Terrorist
    The MI5 believes this to be the most likely attack to occur. They assume an attack of this nature will be similar to Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 innocent people in a bombing and shooting spree alone in Norway, last July, in a case of extreme race hate.
  • An Irish Republican Group
    The third category is an attack by a rebellious Irish republican group, hostile toward the Northern Ireland peace process.
  • An International Dispute Between Two Nations
    This category makes the MI5 weary, because detection is nearly impossible. One Whitehall official said it this way, “The fear here is that we end up with a terrorist attack that is the result of a political dispute we know nothing about.”

In order to counter these categories, as well as other “un-thinkable” scenarios, they plan to protect London by land, air, and sea. The UK will provide 13,500 troops for the 2012 Olympics – more than are currently deployed in Afghanistan. These 13,500 are expected to provide back-up for security professionals and private contractors, much like CSECO, already hired for the job. They will provide special-forces as well as specialist bomb disposal units to sniff out any explosives. The UK also plans to have a 1,000 manned contingency force ready to act in the case of a civil attack. The Olympic Park in Strattford, East London, will be surrounded by missiles to protect against an airborne attack – mimicking the Beijing and Athens Games. Also protecting them from an air interdiction are Typhoon jet fighters that will be based at Royal Air Force Northolt. To detect any sea attacks before it’s too late, the navy’s flagship HMS Bulwark will be deployed off the south coast. HMS Ocean will be anchored in River Thames at Greenwich to provide a landing strip for helicopters.

It appears that the upcoming Games are taken care of right? So why all the terror based anxiety? Well, there are two reasons. One being that the UK is one of the U.S. military’s biggest allies when it comes to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has upset a lot of Islamist militants. The second is because of the ongoing uprisings in the Arab world. According to Sports Minister, Hugh Robinson, the security budget for venues has gone from $431.4 million to $850 million. On top of this number almost $730 million will be spent on security measures outside of the stadium with 12,000 workers on duty at peak hours to detect any suspicious activity. Although we won’t know the total cost of security expenditures until the Olympics have come to an end, this ties perfectly into the Rand Corporations Future Security Environments (FSE) model.

According to Rand Corporation, a non-profit with the purpose of improving policy and decision-making through research and analysis, threat arises from three main areas; terrorism, targeted disruptions, and serious crime. A targeted disruption occurs when people, who have no problems with the actual Games, utilize them as an opportunity to either bring attention to their cause or to bring harm to a third party. During the 2006 Winter Games in Italy, the passage of the torch was hi-jacked by anti-globalization protesters who targeted the main sponsor of the Games, Coca-Cola. Serious crime is an issue because there is a certain type of criminal who manipulates the fact that all of the focus is on the Games, to enact in serious crime away from, but close to, the Games.

Using this information Rand Corporation created a cube shaped model to assess terror threat levels. It is graded by three dimensions; adversary hostile intent, adversary operational capability, and influence on UK security.

Future Security Environment Model

Rand Corporation’s Future Security Environment (FSE) Model

  • Adversary Hostile Intent
    This dimension focuses on the potential intent of terrorists, or any other actor that engages in security-threatening activities, to further its objectives. It could be through demonstrations, through sabotage, through mass casualty or public disorder. This dimension conveys the intent of a potential adversary through the scale of its ambitions, and by demonstrating the kinds of activities it could conduct.
  • Adversary Operational Capabilities
    This dimension focuses on the capabilities of terrorists or actors to engage in a range of violent or non-violent activities to further their objectives. The technical capabilities will range from group to group to individual to individual. While groups may intend to act in competent activities they may be strained, or enhanced, by their level of technical ability. This dimension conveys the range of activities that may be undertaken.
  • Potential Domestic/International Influences on UK Security
    This dimension will focus on the extent to which the overall UK and global situation in 2012 will act as a motivating force for terrorists or other actors. The goal is not to predict specific issues that will motivate future attackers. Rather this dimension conveys the overall severity of the threat environment and the potential scale and tempo of threats it is likely to inspire.

Using this model it’s easy to understand why London’s threat level has been placed at severe. As media coverage intensifies and the opening ceremony draws near, MI5 will be doing everything in their power to assure the safety and security of all participants. They are doing everything from recruiting phone spies to re-enlisting retired agents to make sure these Olympic games go off without a hitch. Of course complete security is and always has been a myth, so they could never promise perfection, but they are doing all they can to prepare. “Next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games are once-in-a-generation events for the UK,” Defense Secretary, Phil Hammond, said in a statement, “We want them to be secure, so that all those competing and attending can enjoy the games for the celebration of sporting achievement and cultural celebration that it is.”

CSECO speaks at Counter Terror Expo

Damaune Journey speaks at Counter Terror Expo in London

CSECO Counter Terrorism Expo

Damaune Journey speaks at Counter Terror Expo in London

Like Rand Corporation, CSECO is also concerned with the security efforts in the UK. Damaune Journey, Director of International Sales & Marketing for CSECO, was invited to speak at a Counter Terror Expo in London last year. He educated the audience on how the smuggling of drugs and other contraband funds terrorism and their activities. CSECO has been invited to speak again for London’s 2012 Counter Terror Expo and plans on returning this year.

Hope to attend the Expo again this year.