www.hannonsecurity.com April 2011
 
 In this edition
Hannon Patrol Officer First On The Scene
10 Signs of a Positive Workplace
Secretary Napolitano Announces Implementation of National Terrorism Advisory System
10 wackiest tax deductions for 2010
News of the Weird


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Hannon Patrol Officer First On The Scene

On the early morning of April 4, 2011, Hannon Patrol Officer, Mike Carver, spotted an unusual and suspicious item outside a second story apartment window in Saint Paul near 7th St and Douglas. Even though the building was not on his Hannon patrol route, Officer Carver took the extra time to investigate the incident. Upon closer inspection, Officer Carver realized that the item was a human-like silhouette. He immediately contacted 911 to report his findings, and remained on scene to prevent any tampering of it, and to ensure that police could find it easily.

When the police reported back to Officer Carver, the news was unfortunate. He had discovered an apparent suicide, and was the first on scene to report it.

Because of Officer Carver’s actions, attention to detail and excellent observation skills, the body was recovered before daylight, reducing exposure and allowing the police to conduct a thorough investigation without the evidence being contaminated.

Due to Officer Carver’s actions and the “above and beyond” attitude he continually exhibits, he received a Hannon Security Outstanding Service Award.


10 Signs of a Positive Workplace

Positive workplaces tend to exhibit a common set of traits that foster excellence, productivity and camaraderie. Here are 10 characteristics of a healthy workplace to look for:

1. Positive Values - A positive mission statement outlines the goals and demonstrative behavior that exemplify the highest commitment to quality and service to each other, the company, customers and shareholders. The company sets out to achieve its goals in ethical, honest ways with an elevated sense of purpose to improving the planet and humanity.

2. Relaxed and Productive Atmosphere - People enjoy coming to work and feel appreciated, acknowledged and rewarded. Signs of fear, domination, bullying, sexual harassment and intimidation are absent. Creativity, productivity and thinking outside the box flourish.

3. Commitment to Excellence - Employees give 200 percent. They strive to be the best and to deliver top-quality products and services. They take responsibility for their actions and decisions.

4. Open and Honest Communication - Everyone communicates in a cards-on-the-table manner, solving difficulties in a positive way. They don’t play nasty revenge games when given difficult feedback. Instead, they view feedback as an opportunity for growth.

5. Cooperation, Support and Empowerment - Can-do, go-the-extra-mile and win-win attitudes are evident. Employees have a sense of camaraderie, cooperation and empowerment. Healthy competition exists without vengeful, spiteful backstabbing.

6. Sense of Humor - Employees keep things in perspective, have fun and laugh. Laughter generates endorphins, our natural antidepressants.

7. Compassion, Respect and Understanding - Kindness and understanding prevail when employees face challenges such as accidents, illnesses, personal tragedies and natural disasters. People will usually go the extra mile for others when they’re treated well and with understanding, compassion and respect.

8. Flexibility - The company and its employees embrace change, accommodate new trends and technology, and incorporate new skills. They know if they don’t, the business will end up a dinosaur. As the saying goes, “Change is the only constant.”

9. Positive Reinforcement  - People need acknowledgement, appreciation and gratitude to be motivated. Genuine compliments, rewards, bonuses, raises, promotions and certificates of achievement are oil in the machinery. The company thanks employees regularly in these ways.

10. Emphasis on Health, Family and Environment  - The company offers comprehensive health insurance, with weight-loss, smoking-cessation and substance-abuse programs. The corporate cafeteria features a low-fat menu, and the company gym is stocked with exercise equipment. The company offers reimbursement for childcare and/or on-site childcare. The office itself features natural and recessed lighting with incandescent bulbs rather than halogen or fluorescent. The organization is environmentally-aware by encouraging solar power and recycling.

Article written by Linnda Durré, PhD, Monster Contributing Writer


Secretary Napolitano Announces Implementation of National Terrorism Advisory System

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)—a robust terrorism advisory system that provides timely information to the public about credible terrorist threats and replaces the former color-coded alert system.

Under NTAS, DHS will coordinate with other federal entities to issue detailed alerts to the public when the federal government receives information about a credible terrorist threat. NTAS alerts provide a concise summary of the potential threat including geographic region, mode of transportation, or critical infrastructure potentially affected by the threat, actions being taken to ensure public safety, as well as recommended steps that individuals, communities, business and governments can take to help prevent, mitigate or respond to a threat. NTAS Alerts will include a clear statement on the nature of the threat, which will be defined in one of two ways:

  • Elevated Threat: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States
  • Imminent Threat: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States

Depending on the nature of the threat, alerts may be sent to law enforcement, distributed to affected areas of the private sector, or issued more broadly to the public through both official and social media channels.

NTAS threat alerts will be issued for a specific time period and will automatically expire. Alerts may be extended if new information becomes available or as a specific threat evolves.

learn more at www.dhs.gov


10 wackiest tax deductions for 2010

Have you heard about the latest crazy tax deductions? How about the cholesterol deduction? The Willie Nelson write-off? The time machine? Or the stripper who bared her assets?

These tax tales are part of the fifth installment of Bankrate's 10 craziest tax deductions. The stories are culled from the overheated minds of the best and funniest certified public accountants across the country, some of whom understandably requested anonymity.

Highlights:

  • Does a tattoo count as a business expense?
  • Be careful when calculating your driving miles.
  • Don't forget that you CAN write off your baby!

click here to read the entire article


Did you know…
It can take up to 50 hours to polish each of the pairs of boots that will be worn by the mounted soldiers escorting Prince William and Kate Middleton through London after their marriage.

The boots are waxed with beeswax and a blowtorch is used to force the wax in to harden them; then layers of polish, spit and water are applied to create a "mirror" shine. According to Captain James Hulme, a member of the Household Cavalry Mounted regiment, "There is an element of competition between the men as to how shiny they can get their boots." BBCAmerica.com's Royal Wedding Insider blog


News of the Weird

Timothy James Chapek, 24, was charged with burglary in March after he broke into a house in Portland, Ore., and took a shower. Unknown to him, the resident was in another part of the house and came, with his two German shepherds and a gun, to confront Chapek through the closed bathroom door, while calling 911. Fearing the dogs and the gun, Chapek simultaneously dialed 911 himself, begging that officers come quickly and arrest him. (Chapek, later released on bond, was re-arrested two days later in Chehalis, Wash., while, according to police, loading shoplifted goods into a stolen car.) [The Oregonian, 3-8-2011] [KATU-TV (Portland), 3-10-2011]