Emotion and commotion around the presidential election of 2020 is unprecedented.  Citizens of all political stripes are coming together this and next month to declare themselves.  Violent clashes and protests involving myriad factions are in the news every week. What can be done to secure voters and the public this election season?   Although hopefully,…

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In blog posts over the years, we have hailed the ability of animals to help humans investigate, from technology named after the Star Nosed Mole and dogs trained to find electronic media. Today, dogs are being trained to sniff out Covid. Researchers from many countries including Australia, Germany, France and the U.S. have been studying the…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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