International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators
On November 1st through 4th, FASCO representative attended the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators (IASIR) annual conference in Alexandria, VA to gather information from the various regulating agencies across the US, UAE and Canada. The conference was attended by approximately 60 people consisting of both regulators and industry representatives to include association leaders from various State Associations.
The speakers were mostly Government employees to include the FBI, DOJ, state of VA, IACP and Centre for Counterintelligence & Security Services, Coordinating Council/Pegasus Program so far. It seems like there is a common thread stringing through the government speakers consisting of a realization that Private Security Officers are usually first responders, or first detectors, on scene involving criminal activity or terrorism. There are government programs being created to include Private Security Response.
Our first speaker, Dario O. Marquez, Jr from the VA commission on Military and National Security Facilities/VA Secure Commonwealth Panel indicated that most state emergency response plans do NOT include any involvement by Private Security, yet they are the first to respond. The Federal Government is having local States review the emergency plans with regards to manmade and natural disasters and include Private Security. He was a huge advocate and supporter of Private Security and indicated that we are frequently overlooked for response and expertise in security. Dario’s information will be forwarded later as he ran out of business cards.
Nancy Colb from the IACP spoke on Law Enforcement Use of Social Media for investigations.
Jeremiah Johnson spoke on the Criminal Use of Social Media.
Update on UN Resolution concerning the use of civilian security services. - Peter D’Arcy informed the group that the UN approved the resolution in May of 2010.
Next Generation Identification Program - Brian Edgell from the FBI spoke on the upgrades and changes they are making to the CJIS system. Next Generation Identification Program is the FBI’s new system to replace IAFIS.
Leveraging Private Sector Strategies and Resources to Advance Public Safety - Zoe Mentel and Nicole Scalisi presented a program being created from the US DOJ of Community Oriented Policing Initiative (COPS) Office. They provide Federal funding to agencies to strengthen partnerships between public and private sectors. Zoe advised that there are over 400+ free publications offered by their department and they encourage Private Security to utilize their resources. They are constantly analyzing the industry to see how LE can better partner. In 2004 there was a National Summit to partner LE with the Private Sector which was hosted by COPS and IACP.
The Threat World Today – David G. Major (Retired FBI – Intelligence/Reagan Era) - Founder and President of The Centre for Counterintelligence & Security Studies and Contributor to the Spy Museum. David reviewed the real threats to information, individuals and facilities. Indicated that the threat of Terrorism is REAL and American’s have their heads in the sand if they think the problem will go away. He reviewed statistics that he and his group follow and monitor. Here are a few statistics he shared:
Spy Information -
David Major’s company hosts an informational website called www.spypedia.net which gives up to date information on all types of intelligence information.
Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council: Crisis Reentry Initiative (ESSCC) Dennis Kelly Project Executive for Pegasus Program www.lsp.org/lscap.html. Dennis discussed the lack of a standard national protocol for coordinated multi-jurisdictional crisis reentry for critical infrastructure firms. Need for a National program to be created to allow security agencies to move State to State to assist private firms and critical infrastructure locations during disaster situations. NASCO is a member of this group. They are attempting to create a credentialing program to assist with the reentry process. Here are some areas that were discussed:
If you would like to become member of IASIR, please visit their website at www.iasir.org and join this tremendous networking opportunity.
Below are photos from the Conference:
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