November 14th, 2014
09:36 AM ET

Review Faults Secret Service's Training, Communications

Organizational confusion, gaps in training, a series of communication failures and more allowed Omar Gonzalez to jump a fence and enter the White House in a September incident that led to the Secret Service director's resignation.

The Department of Homeland Security published an in-depth review of the failures that allowed Gonzalez to run past several agents and burst into the first family's residence. Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' findings were made public Thursday after lawmakers were briefed on its findings.

The report details alarm and radio systems that didn't work as planned, a chase foiled when Gonzalez disappeared into the bushes, and an officer who was supposed to release canines trained to take down intruders who reacted 11 seconds late because he was in a van talking on his personal cell phone, without his radio earpiece in place and with his second radio in his locker.


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