RMA Presents Continuing Education Training

Posted on 12, Mar | Posted by RMA

RMA presented six hours of training to students in Raleigh, NC, on Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11. Rusty Gilmore taught Computer Forensics II, Billy Green delivered A Pragmatic Approach to the Terrorist Threat, and Tasha Dyson presented Report Writing and Documentation. The last presenter of the day was Michael Epperly with Legal Issues for Private Investigators II.

RMA will be presenting six hours of training in Raleigh on April 7, 2014, and April 14, 2014. The classes being offered on Monday April 7, 2014, will be Planning and Conducting a Successful Surveillance presented by Marty Coolidge, Workplace Violence Prevention presented by Billy Green, and Executive Protection presented by Stan Carroll. On Monday April 14, 2014, the classes include Planning and Conducting a Successful Surveillance, Workplace Violence Prevention, and Use of Forensic DNA in Private Investigations presented by Lindsey Smith.

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. Students can register and pay online on the Continuing Education page of our website.

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Dana Frentz Attends IAHSS Regional Meeting

Posted on 10, Mar | Posted by RMA

Dana Frentz attended the IAHSS Regional Meeting in Alexandria, VA, March 10, 2014.The meeting was held at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Headquarters.

Speakers and topics included:

  • Lindsey Olsen, Director of ECD – Exploited Children Division (ECD)
  • Steve Loftin, Senior Artist – Forensic Imaging
  • Bob Hoever, Director of MCD – Missing Children Division & Amber Alerts (MCD)
  • Paul Lockwood, CPP – Infant Abduction from Healthcare

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, or IAHSS for short, is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare institutions. IAHSS is comprised of security, law enforcement and safety individuals dedicated to the protection of healthcare facilities worldwide. IAHSS strives to combine public safety officer training with staff training, policies and technology to achieve the most secure hospital environments possible. Additionally, the IAHSS partners with government agencies and other organizations representing risk managers, emergency managers, engineers, architects, nurses, doctors and other healthcare stakeholders to further patient security and safety.

Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.

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RMA Attends the Woman’s Leadership Conference

Posted on 6, Mar | Posted by RMA

On March 6, 2014, Emily Liner, Chris Peterson, and Tasha Dyson attended the Woman’s Leadership Conference which was help at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. The Conference Task Force was made up of area leaders including Melanie Dubis, Chair, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP; DeLisa Alexander, Red Hat, Inc.; Stephanie Brown Deloitte; Kate Day, Plates Kitchen and MetLife; Lisa Jones, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines; Christine Peterson, Risk Management Associates, Inc.; Kim Raynor, Accuro; Lisa Tutor, Duke Energy; and Jennifer Terry, Paragon Bank.

Suzy Welch, best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist, was the keynote speaker at this half-day educational and networking conference. Her New York Times bestseller, 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love, and friendship.

In addition to Welch’s presentation, a panel of local executive women took part in a discussion on values – what they are and how they have shaped their personal and professional decisions. Find out how their values shifted and priorities changed as their lives did. Panel members included:

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Kevin McQuade Attends AMAG’s Security Engineering Symposium

Posted on 4, Mar | Posted by RMA

Kevin McQuade attended AMAG Technology’s Security Engineering Symposium (SES) held February 28-March 3, 2014 in Tampa, Florida at the Saddlebrook Resort. AMAG Technology invited the industry’s top consultants to learn more about AMAG’s product solutions and to engage in conversations about trends, end user expectations and partner integrations. AMAG introduced several new products that will be launched at ISC West, reviewed the product roadmap and displayed an integrated security solution that included all the technology partners who sponsored the event. Interactive break-out sessions offered an in-depth look and opportunity for further discussion about these topics.

AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Access Control and Video Solutions can be found in a wide spectrum of markets: government, commercial, education, transportation, healthcare, utilities and banking. Based out of Torrance, California with sales and support located throughout the US, AMAG sells its Symmetry Product Portfolio of access control and network video systems through its Symmetry Authorized Resellers throughout North America. AMAG Technology has been at the leading edge of access control technology for over 40 years, and is part of G4S, the world’s largest security solutions provider.

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Christine Peterson and Marty Coolidge Present at Institute of Management Accountants Luncheon

Posted on 28, Feb | Posted by RMA

Christine Peterson and Marty Coolidge presented at the IMA NC Triangle Chapter and the Carolinas Council Annual Winter Conference on February, 28, 2014, at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. The presentation titled Enemies at the Gate or Are They Already Inside? focused on fraud and abuse in the workplace which costs businesses on average 5% of revenue per year.

IMA is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals working in business. They are committed to helping more than 65,000 members to expand professional skills, better manage organizations, and enhance careers. For more than 90 years, IMA has been a champion of – and resource for – the financial management and accounting profession. The organization was founded in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1919 as the National Association of Cost Accountants (NACA) to promote knowledge and professionalism among cost accountants and foster a wider understanding of the role of cost accounting in management.

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Rusty Gilmore Interviewed by WRAL

Posted on 26, Feb | Posted by RMA

An investigation that began in Wake County of nude photos of high school students on Instagram has expanded to at six more North Carolina counties, bringing the total to at least nine, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said Wednesday.

School system representatives have said they are cooperating with authorities in the investigation, and authorities are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of posing for or posting sexually explicit photos.

“They have to be made aware that what they do is on there forever,” said Russell Gilmore, a cyber-security specialist with Raleigh-based Risk Management Associates.

“When you share a photograph through a social media website or with a friend, you don’t know where that picture is going,” he said. “You have no clue if it’s being shared with one person or 1,000.”

Read more: SBI now investigating Instagram photos of nude students in nine counties

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RMA Awarded Brier Creek EMS Design Project

Posted on 5, Feb | Posted by RMA

RMA will provide design and project management services related to the design of electronic security devices for the new Brier Creek EMS Station project. The intent of this design will be to provide access control and security monitoring devices within the main facility. These systems will meet the Wake County standards for this type of facility. Our services will also include working with the Architect and Engineer that will be a part of the team to coordinate the required infrastructure for the security related devices.

The new Brier Creek EMS Station will be located just north of RDU International Airport. This new facility will replace an existing, pre-engineered metal building built in 1972 that Wake EMS has been operating out of since 2005. The new facility will be 4,084 square feet and will be a single-story, brick building with metal roofing and will be heavily insulated for sound, due to its close proximity to the airport. The building plan features three, single-length ambulance bays and living space that contains office, kitchen and sleeping areas similar to the Durant Station built in 2010. The new EMS station is expected to be ready for use by Wake County EMS by mid-2015.

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RMA Awarded Security Systems Commissioning Project for the City of Raleigh

Posted on 4, Feb | Posted by RMA

RMA has been awarded the security systems commissioning of the City of Raleigh Critical Public Safety Facility. In this project, RMA will be working directly for RMF Engineering.

Risk Management Associates will oversee and participate in the start-up of all security electronic equipment. We will verify and inspect all associated security equipment located in each security room. This will also include the equipment rack layouts, terminations, wiring, labeling, equipment rack ventilation (if applicable), and all other associated requirements.

Risk Management Associates will work with the Contractor and if applicable the Design Engineer to fully test each security-related system and all components of each system. Prior to beginning the testing and commissioning, we will review the testing documentation provided by the Contractor for each system and provide feedback concerning any modifications that may be needed to meet the specifications. We will verify and test each system individually to verify that all equipment operates according to the plans and specifications and as programmed. Upon completion of the testing and commissioning, we will provide documentation for each system outlining all items with a pass/fail comment and will provide a document for all outstanding punch list items that will need to be corrected before final acceptance.

Upon the completion of the testing and commissioning of each system with the Contractor and once all punch list items from the testing and commissioning have been corrected, re-tested, and operate as designed, RMA will perform a thorough test of the system(s) with the owner and their administrative staff. This purpose of this test will be a simulation of real events that will take place on a daily basis once the building is occupied. Once this test has been completed and there are no additional corrections that may be needed, we will provide a document indicating the systems are performing and operating as designed and programmed.

RMF Engineering is an elite team of full service engineers adept in applying superior planning, design, engineering, and commissioning services to solve challenges for clients nationwide. Their prompt responsiveness, industry-leading tech savvy, and specialized project teams make up the RMF difference.

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RMA Attends NCACLEA 2014 Winter Conference

Posted on 31, Jan | Posted by RMA

RMA was pleased to be able to support the North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators as a vendor at their 2014 Winter Conference. The conference was a held at Wake Tech Public Safety Center on January 31, 2014.

The morning topic was “Building the Clery Enterprise” presented by, Chief Jeff Baker of University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNC-C). In the afternoon there were two speakers. Gunther Doerr of Appalachian State University (ASU) presented “Sexual Assault Policies” and Chief Jeff McCracken and Col. George Hare of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) spoke on “Clery Compliance and Audit”.

Risk Management Associates, Inc. works with administrators and campus public safety officials to make sure they understand their obligations under the Jeanne Clery Act and associated regulations as well as Title IX. We help them develop the procedures necessary to satisfy the requirements under those federal laws. At the same time we address other security-related issues that affect operations, facilities, students, faculty, staff and guests. You can find additional information concerning the Jeanne Clery Act and the services provided by RMA here.

The NCACLEA has been a key partner in the campus law enforcement community. The conference brought together administrators from across the state to network, share best practices, discuss challenges, and develop the resources that law enforcement administrators need to protect the people, physical assets, and reputation of the colleges and universities. As a security advocate and partner in the education area, RMA was pleased to support NCACLEA and the members they serve.

In the fall of 1973, Police Chiefs representing 16 North Carolina colleges and universities met to form an organization to promote the professionalism of campus policing and to address policing concerns common to each campus community. That organization is the North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

The organization is closely related to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and current membership includes over 30 colleges and universities across North Carolina. Combined, the NCACLEA campus police departments serve a community of more than a quarter million students, faculty, and staff, with over 500 sworn police officers, nearly 70 sworn auxiliary officers, 269 security guards, and over 300 support personnel. The organization represents a specialty field of policing directed to meeting the law enforcement, security, and public safety needs of the diverse and ever changing campus community.

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Emily Liner and Marty Coolidge Attend IFMA Workplace Violence Presentation

Posted on 8, Jan | Posted by RMA

Workplace violence is no laughing matter. On January 8, 2014, Emily Liner and Marty Coolidge attended the lunch and learn presentation of Johnny Lee – “Workplace Violence Prevention” at the Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA monthly meeting. Johnny manages to make this topic accessible and relevant, while keeping his presentation entertaining and energetic. He is the Director of Peace@Work, an agency dedicated to the prevention of violence in and throughout the workplace. Johnny presented an insightful lesson on the types of workplace violence; a framework for performing a risk assessment on your workplace; considerations for how to assess specific threats.

In summary, workplace violence is larger than just the concept of employee on employee violence. Workplace violence includes suicides and even domestic violence that impacts workplace performance. It may be impossible to completely eliminate workplace violence, but the risks can surely be managed and threats softened significantly by performing a proper and thorough risk assessment and threat assessment, when appropriate. The key takeaways from Mr. Lee’s presentation were to thicken your understanding of what is contained by workplace violence and be proactive through risk and threat assessment.

Facility Management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process, and technology. The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA has evolved over the years since the chapter’s revitalization in the late 1990’s. It has become a consistent and reliable news source designed to educate and communicate with chapter members and local facilities professionals. Through dedication and commitment of volunteers, the Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA is confident that they will continue to evolve and help keep members active, educated, involved and informed.

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