Posts by Chameleon Associates

Online Learning is Awesome

Chameleon isn’t new to e-Learning; we’ve been crafting online training for over a decade. The reasons we dived into online curriculum design are especially valid today when far more of us are working, living and learning remotely: Easy access to learning when you can take a course on a laptop, iPad or mobile device, sitting…

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The Courage to Debate

My daughter’s class is studying 9/11, so at the dinner table it was naturally the prime subject for discussion. I asked what the teacher had said about 9/11 and my daughter told us that they learned that it was a tragic “bittersweet” event. I thought I had misheard. Bittersweet?? Because it brought the country together,…

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Find Your Inner Security Consultant

Ask Heads of Security about the most challenging aspect of their work and they’ll tell you it’s to sell security to their organization and its decision makers. Decades of experience in military or law enforcement may have prepared you to manage a security force, to handle an investigation or tackle an emergency. However, it did…

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Paycheck Power

Law enforcement is being de-funded in many places and regardless to the degree, many police departments will be operating with less resources.   Clearly, there is a lot to distinguish security officers from police officers; the two are not interchangeable.  Besides vetting, training and equipment, the latter’s role is to enforce laws and the former’s role…

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Jumping the Gun

Last Friday, the Santa Clara California District Attorney announced that his office is pursuing charges against officials in the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office and AS Solution, a large executive protection company whose U.S. headquarters is in Seattle, recently purchased by Allied Universal.  AS Solution provides Executive Protection services to the highest echelon of Silicon Valley…

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Covid-19 Impact on Security

The challenges of Covid have touched nearly every aspect of our global lives – if and how we socialize, finances, schooling, work conditions and travel.  New security threats particular related to Covid crime include cyber schemes to get money for fake charities or phishing for data disguised as government benefits agencies or IRS stimulus package…

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Hacking Identity

False IDs are key to criminal activity that goes well beyond an underage teenager buying a six-pack of beer.  Take the case of John Colletti, who racked up over $120,000 at casinos in Michigan and Kansas using false identification. Colletti’s ploy was to withdraw cash from casino ATMs using false IDs. From online sources, he…

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One Cop’s View on Policing in the U.S.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking about the state of Policing in the U.S. with Joe Smarro, a San Antonio police officer, former combat Marine, and proponent of policing reform and mental health education.  Joe (and his partner) are the subjects of the eponymous HBO documentary Ernie and Joe.  He is the CEO of…

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Ramming is on the Rise

Over the course of only a few weeks, there have been at least 50 vehicle ramming attacks in the U.S.   This method of using a vehicle be it a car, truck or tractor to inflict death and injury on pedestrians is not new. There have been dozens of vehicle attacks across the globe, from Berlin…

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Mission Improbable

Law Enforcement Overburdened? Dealing with the mentally ill, responding to student bullying at a school or looking for terrorists at the airport – are we asking our police to do too much?  Is the wide range of tasks making for a mission that is improbable? In Seattle, the six-block CHOP neighborhood (Capitol Hill Organized Protest)…

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