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Defense Against Hazardous Mailings: Online

Postal bombs, contaminated mailings, and even postal devices designed to activate firearms ammunition have all been used to target VIPs, employees, and even ordinary citizens. To mitigate this threat, all organizations at risk should have a protocol for intercepting and safely responding to hazardous mail situations. In this distance learning course, S2 terrorism expert Craig Gundry explores the risks of hazardous mailings and appropriate countermeasures for mail-related threats.

Topics include:

Introduction to the Threat • Mail Bombs • Contaminated Mailings • Projectile Devices • Threat Analysis Summary • Proactive Mail Security • Mail Screening • Technical Screening • Response Procedures (Suspicious Mailing) • Response Procedures (Contaminated Mailings)


This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 SEC 110 Defense Against Hazardous Mailings 1h 49m

Total completion time for this course is approximately 2 hours.

Testing And Documentation

The final exam for this course is administered online as a 20-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

Student Comments

"Very well presented with strong sound student class notes.
  W. S. Holmes
U.S. Dept of Treasury
"I lecture in the UK on the subject of suspect packages and also have attended courses in the USA on this subject. I found this particular online course very useful, the content was set at exactly the right level for post room employees.
  I. McDonnell
PosteRoute, Ltd.
"Very good and informative.
  L. F. De Beer
South African Police Service
"I love the course! The instructor was very knowledagble. The course was full of more information than I thought it would be.
  A. Gumm
"Very informative and well presented.
  A. Clarke
Mercury Radio Arts
"Very well presented!
  J. Rector
Chief, Security Forces Programs and Requirements Branch
"Good coverage of the detection methods and responses to a very real threat.
  S. Cunniff, PPS
International Protective Service Agency
"Very interesting. Well instructed. Quite knowledgeable instructor.
  D. Sackett
"A great training seminar, that's very cost effective and educational.
  C. Baldwin
"Good Stuff!!!
  B. Rigsby
U.S. Army Special Hazards Task Force
"I liked the combinations of the streaming video and methods used to carry out objectives. I was impressed with the presentation.
  C. Segovia
Andrews International / Independent
"Very Informative, not only did this course restate the basics of mail hazards that we have all been told of by homeland security professionals, such as warning signs, but it explained what caused the warning signs, and why they are important.
  S. Tillman
"Concise and informative. Good presentation and information for those initially responding in a corporate environment.
  E. Gipson
Jormac Aerospace
"Good information. Also a good refresher course.
  M. Oberstein
U.S. Marshals Service
"This course was very well presented. I learned many things.
  R. Criss
Dakota County Sheriff's Dept.

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Restriction Level:
Level 1 - Open to the Public

Mail Handlers, Secretaries, Receptionists, Security Personnel, VIPs, VIP Family Members

Expected Completion Time:
2 hours

20 questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements:
PC: Windows 98 or above
Macintosh: OS X or above
Linux: Flash 7 browser plugin & accelerated X
Browser capable of supporting Flash Player 7 Macromedia Flash Player 7 or later - Click here to get the latest version of Flash Player.
128 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor / OR Mac G4 600 MHz or faster Audio capability
High speed Internet - ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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