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Too many police on G20 frontline were untrained,……  

G-20 summit designated special security event by DHS secretary Edit

Secret Service to head up security for meeting between international leaders in PittsburghEdit

BY JEROME L. SHERMAN, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6-26-2009

Pittsburgh's G-20 summit is now on par with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

In June 2009, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano named the September 2009 gathering of world leaders a "National Special Security Event," or NSSE, making the Secret Service the lead agency for security preparations.

Federal officials have given the designation less than 35 times since 1998, when President Clinton created it as a tool for managing security for major events that require the coordination of potentially dozens of law enforcement agencies.

"It doesn't happen often," said Special Agent in Charge James Gehr, of the service's Pittsburgh office.

Past NSSEs include last year's presidential nominating conventions in Denver and Minneapolis, the state funerals for presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Super Bowl is now routinely designated a special security event, as is the president's annual State of the Union address to Congress.

Links Edit

  • Police-photography-Metro Memo about how police handle cameras and photography from Metropolitan Police, London, July 2009
  • from July 2009
    • Most people aren’t going to read the 107 pages of the report by Dennis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, into the policing of the G20 protests, which came out last week. Instead, they’ll rely on the press to provide the key facts – which, as always, is a mistake.
      For in another example of the laziness of mainstream ‘churnalism’ in Britain, O’Connor’s interim report has been described,
      in the words of the , as “scathing”, whilst the said it contains “significant reforms”. It’s clear they hadn’t read the document, for it is neither scathing, nor groundbreaking, nor even particularly critical.