City Physical Security Manager Interview

By Dan Gelinas, Published Mar 14, 2019, 12:01pm EDT (Info+)

This physical security pro is the Physical Security Manager for the City of Calgary. He is a criminologist by training with an ASIS CPP credential. He tells IPVM that managing surveillance and security for Canada’s 3rd most populous city has a number of unique challenges.

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Based on our interview with Calgary Physical Security Manager Brad Labrenz, we look at the following topics:

  • Integrator/customer reckoning
  • Tools should fit the customer, not the other way around
  • Cooperation with Police
  • Not always lowest bidder
  • What camera and VMS brands do they use
  • Integrators often talk the talk, but can't walk the walk
  • Continuous new product evaluation
  • Rigorous about privacy

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****: *** *** *** **** **** that ***?

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****: **** ***** ** ************* *** Human ********* ** *** ******?

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****: **** ***** * ************ ******* throughout *** ****, ** *** **** manage ****?

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****: *** ** *** ******* ********* together? *** ** *** ******* *** communicate?

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****: **** *** **** ****** *** pushback **** *** ****** ** ***** rights ****** ***** ******* ** ****** places?

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****: **** **** ** *********** ** there ******* **** ********* *** ****** resources, ** *** **** ********* ****?

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****: *** ** *** ******/******** ******** integrators ** **** ****?

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****: ** ** ******* *** ****** bidder *** **** *** ***?

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****: **** ************ ********—******* *** ***—**** you ****?

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****: ** *** **** **** ******* getting *** ***** ********* ******** ** work ********?

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****: **** *** **** *** ******** with ******** ***********—**** ** ** *********, being ****************** ********, ***** ****-****** **** ****** orders, ***.?

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****: ** *** **** * ********* or ********* ******* *** *** ****’* cameras *** ***** *******?

** **** * ********* *******. *** we’re ******* ** *********, ** ****.

****:**** **** *** ****** *** **** the *****?

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****: **** *** ******** ****** ******* to ****** ** ** ************* ******** limit **** *******?

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****: **** *** **** ******** *** brands ** ********* (*******, ***, ********, etc.) ****** **** ****** *** ** so **** **** *** ****** *** were *** ***** **** *** ******.

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****: *** ***** ** *** ******** new ****** *** ************ **********?

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****: *** ** **** ******* ******* (i.e. *** ** *** ********/***** *** cameras *** ******** ****** *** ******** installed ******?) *** ** **** *** or *** ** ******* * *********?

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****: **** *** **** ******** ** High ***? ** ****** *** ****** 1080P?

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****: **** *** **** **** *****-****** cameras?

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****: **** *** **** ******** ***** the *** ******* ** ****** ************* Dahua *** *********?

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****: *** **** ****** ** ********** are ***** **** **** ***/******/*******/***** ************?

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****: ** *** ** *** **** camera **********? ** *** **** ******* used ** ** ***** ***** ****?

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****: ** *** *** *** ***** monitoring ** ***?

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****: **** **** ******* ** ******* are******* *******?

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****: **** *** **** ***** **** any ****** *******?

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****: **** ******* ************** *** ***** with * *********-***** ********** ****** **** one ******’* **** **, ***, * retail ******, ** ** ****** ********?

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****: *** ***** ** **** ******* help *** ** ***** *** * problem? *** *******, ******** ** * drug **** ** ******** * ******* or *** ***** ** *** ** vandalism?

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****: *** *** ***** ****** **** facial ***********, ***, *** ********* *** things **** ******** ******* **********, ******** time **********, *******/******* ******** *********?

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****: ** ******* *** *********/********* ** the ****’* ********/************ ******* **** * problem?

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****: **** ** *** ******* *** determining ****** ********* ********** *** ****?

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****: **** ********* ****** *** ******** be ***** **? *** *******, *** should ******** ************ ** **** ** novel **** *** **** ********** ************ do *** ***** **** **** *** biggest ******?

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Comments (5)

Interesting article. Calgary is the 4th largest city in Canada. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver precede Calgary.  

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Calgary is the 3rd, as Vancouver is way smaller. You probably talking about GVA which includes Burnaby, Langley, Richmond, etc.

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Actually, based on my original research which is based on Canadian statistics, Calgary is No. 3 in terms of population. I have added the link in the story above. Here is a screenshot of the table from Statistics Canada that shows Calgary as No. 3:

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Understandable conflation of city vs metropolitan area:

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I wanted to put in some information that didn't come out initially in the interview with Brad. A reader of this interview asked about an annual event in the city of Calgary, The Calgary Stampede.

The Calgary Stampede is a giant, combo rodeo, outdoor festival, and exhibition that draws up to a million people every year and inflates the population for 10 days.

I asked Brad what sorts of unique situations this might present and how public safety might address them.

Here is what he had to say:

The Stampede board works with CPS to manage on-site security.  But of course, there are many events that we must plan for at City facilities.  This can include Executive Protection, event security and monitoring, and conducting Threat & Risk Assessments.

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