RMA presented six hours of training to students in Raleigh, NC. Marty Coolidge provided training on Planning and Conducting a Successful Surveillance. Billy Green delivered Workplace Violence Prevention. Lindsey Smith presented Use of Forensic DNA in Private Investigations.
Each of these classes is new or has been updated in 2013. All classes have been approved for credit through PPSB.
Effective January 1, 2012, all PPSB license holders must have completed 12 hours of approved continuing education credit to qualify for license renewal. RMA has developed training programs that are relevant to practice as a private investigator and protection and security professional and is offering these in one-day seminars. Our goal is to provide opportunities for licensees to obtain the required CEU’s and to provide interesting and relevant instruction on protection and investigative topics. The next training sessions will be held on June 10 in Raleigh, NC. Students can register and pay online on the Continuing Education page of our website.
The 11th Annual Gingerbread Benefit to support Triangle Family Services took place on Thursday, December 5, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. The Sneak Preview, Tea with Santa and the sold out Evening Benefit were all successful! Over 20 chefs participated in the event by creating beautiful and innovative Gingerbread House designs. This year’s Media’s Choice award went to Iriene Wangsawidjaja of Artylicious Cakes. The people’s choice award went to Bridgette Gouttier and Annie Holhouser of Wake Tech. Visit Triangle Family Services to view photos of this wonderful event!
Every dollar raised from the event goes directly to the 5,000 families served by Triangle Family Services each year. Thanks to all that made the Gingerbread Benefit a success!
Since 1937, Triangle Family Services has been helping families and individuals overcome life’s challenges by giving them the tools they need to move away from crisis and into more stable and healthy life situations. Our community is stronger when we eliminate family violence, improve financial stability, and address the emotional well-being of individuals and family members in need. The more than 7,000 individuals and families TFS helps each year live and work throughout the Raleigh-Durham Metro region.
ProNet Systems hosted security professionals at a complimentary educational seminar on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the Capital City Club in Raleigh, NC. This seminar, titled “Security on the Move” included technology updates and presentations related to remote monitoring of CCTV, access control, and related services either on-site or through the use of hand-held devices.
As a member of the panel for the discussion, “Security – An Ongoing Process,” Jerry provided valuable insight into contract security services. He was available to answer questions and share his knowledge as a specialist security consultant.
In addition to the lectures and demonstrations, representatives of emerging technologies seen at the 2013 National ASIS Security Seminar and Exhibits attended. This new equipment was displayed, and representatives were available to answer questions and provide hands-on demonstrations during the product review time.
ProNet Systems supplies, installs and services IP and digital/high definition video (CCTV), access control, voice over IP (VOIP) intercom and emergency call for security, loss control, productivity monitoring and life safety for multi-location applications. In addition to CCTV, access control and electronic security, ProNet Systems provides high end optical turnstiles and audio solutions including sound masking for security or the general office environment.
Risk Management Associates, Inc. completed its assessment of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore security program. The assessment began with the review of security-related policies and procedures and other related documents. Members of the RMA team visited the UMES campus to conduct independent observations and interviews with approximately 100 individual stakeholders. Local law enforcement was contacted, and both police calls for service and reported crime data at each campus and the surrounding areas were requested and reviewed. Copies of any internal security-related incident reports were obtained and evaluated. A report of findings and recommendations was provided.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy. Since its beginning, the institution has had several name changes and governing bodies. It was Maryland State College from 1948 until 1970, when it became one of the five campuses that formed the University of Maryland. In 1988, it became a member of the then eleven campus (now thirteen) University of Maryland System, now known as the University System of Maryland. UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Stan Carroll presented Workplace Violence – What is it? as part of Smith Anderson’s 21st Annual Employment Law Update on November 6 and November 13. The intersection of business, employment and the law is ever-changing, and can be difficult to navigate. Smith Anderson‘s 21st annual Employment Law Update (ELU) provided an in-depth look at workplace trends and legal developments with the goal of guiding employers through the challenges of the modern-day work environment. The ELU addressed the increasingly complex issues that affect workforces including:
- Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement
- EEOC Enforcement Trends and Plans
- Avoiding Common Mistakes under the FLSA and NC Wage and Hour Act
- North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform
- Workplace Violence
- Gender-Based Discrimination in Compensation Claims
- DOMA and Your Benefit Plans
- The OFCCP’s Final Rules for VEVRAA and Section 503
- OSHA 2014 and Beyond
According to the International Labour Organization, incidents of violence “occurring at workplaces around the globe suggest that this issue is truly one that transcends the boundaries of a particular country, work setting or occupational group.” What is workplace violence? Who is responsible? What are some identifying key behaviors? What are the warning signs of aggressive behavior? How does your organization manage aggressive behavior in the workplace? Understanding workplace violence is critical when creating a program that allows organizations – both clients and attorneys – to address problems before they escalate.
Chris Peterson presented Enemies at the Gate – or Are They Already Inside? as part of CSI Week at Meredith College. CSI Week allows students at Meredith to explore career opportunities in law enforcement and related fields. The event is sponsored by the Sociology and Criminology Programs, and the Sociology & Criminology Club (and with the support of Political Science, Accounting, & Social Work).
Other presenters during the week included:
- Special Agent Jahaira Torrens spoke about Homeland Security Investigations.
- Cat Flowers, owner of Cat Eye Detective Agency, presented.
- Police Officer and Social Worker Renea Lockhart spoke about domestic violence and being both an officer and a social worker.
- U.S. Marshals talked about the work they do tracking down fugitives and other law enforcement activities.
- Wake Country Prosecutors spoke about their work.
- RPD Gang Unit talked about their work with gang prevention and dealing with gangs in Raleigh.
- Crime Scene Analysis, RPD patrol officer, CCBI investigator (the local CSI) and a detective from Raleigh Police talked about how they work and investigate a crime scene.
- Cary Police Department crime mapping analyst Elise Pierce spoke about her work in the use of Crime Scene mapping to facilitate the work of police in Cary.
Chartered in 1891, Meredith College is one of the largest independent private women’s colleges in the U.S. Meredith also offers coeducational graduate programs in business, education and nutrition, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs in pre-health and business, a dietetic internship program, a didactic program in dietetics and a paralegal program. Meredith’s programs – undergraduate and graduate — challenge each individual student to think deeply, push hard, discover new strengths and grow even stronger. Meredith has been cited as one of the “best colleges” in the region and the country by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes.com.
Jerry Blanchard and Kevin McQuade attended ASIS 2013. The ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2013) was held September 24-27, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Recognized as the security industry’s most comprehensive education and networking event, ASIS 2013 was anticipated to draw more than 20,000 security professionals from around the world for education, networking, and an expansive exhibit floor of security products and services. (ISC)2, the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, co-located its third annual Security Congress with ASIS 2013.
Jerry Blanchard has passed the Texas Private Security Bureau qualified manager’s exam and is now a licensed Security Contractor in Texas. Risk Management Associates, Inc. is now licensed as a Security Consultant Company (Class B) in Texas.
The Texas Private Security Program regulates the private security and private investigation industry in Texas under the authority of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the Private Security Board’s Administrative Rules. The program licenses private security and private investigation companies and registers individuals employed by those companies in a regulated capacity. The program’s commissioned and non-commissioned personnel investigate consumer complaints, unlicensed activity and administrative violations.
Risk Management Associates, Inc. has completed a security assessment of Research Triangle Park. The Research Triangle Foundation has developed and is in the process of implementing a new master development plan for the Research Triangle Park (RTP) community. As a critical component of that plan, the foundation decided to conduct a security assessment to provide stakeholders with the current security posture of RTP. A security assessment is one of the most cost effective means to assess the current security people, processes, and technology that are in place today and plan for the security needs of the community moving forward.
The Research Triangle Park is home to more than 170 global companies – including IBM, GSK, Syngenta, RTI International, Credit Suisse, and Cisco – that foster a culture of scientific advancement and competitive excellence. RTP is located between three major universities: Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Through five decades, the Park still holds to its founders’ aspirations: to generate economic activity, engage the talents of local graduates and citizens and carry North Carolina forward to ever-greater prominence and prosperity.