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2013 News

December 1, 2013: Our chapter Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 PM in lieu of our regular meeting.  It will be at Carrigan's Public House.  Click here to view the invitation with details and a map link.

September 23, 2013: Our Security Technology Show registration has been filling rapidly.  Click here for a current flyer with details and a list of all vendors and contact information for each of them.  This will be updated as additional vendors register, so keep ckecking back.

September 11, 2013: Our annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was held yesterday.  Go to the LEAD page for some pictures.

September 3, 2013: Our 2nd annual Vendor/Technology Show is approaching.  Our October 2013 chapter meeting will be our Vendor Showcase.  Interested vendors are encouraged to contact any chapter officer to reserve a table.  The chapter will provide a lunch and beverages to all who attend.  Chapter members are encouraged to invite any interested colleagues in the area to attend, either those who may be interested in chapter membership or simply the information, products and services represented in this showcase.  For more information, and an updated list of participating vendors, click here.

September 3, 2013: Don't forget, the September 2013 chapter meeting will be our annual LEAD, and will not be held at the Alabama Power HQ.  It will be at the FOP Lodge,2988 Winewood Rd, Birmingham, AL.  There is a fee for lunch.  Click here for a flyer with map link.  

September 3, 2013: Tomorrow, September 4, our chapter is represented with a table at UAB's Criminal Justice Student Organization's "Welcome Back to School BBQ".  Several chapter members and officers will be present to discuss our organization as well as careers in the Criminal Justice Industry.  Rumors of Dreamland persist.......

August 12, 2013: Don't forget our field trip tomorrow, August 13th to the UAB Forensic Lab.  See the link below for a flyer with full details.  We hope to see you there.

August 12, 2013:  Redstone Arsenal is hosting a FREE seminar on Operational Security on August 20, 2013.  Click here for a flyer with details and registration information.

August 12, 2013:  DHS has published a quick reference checklist for bomb threats.  Click here for a copy, it is great for receptionists, incoming call associates, or as a guide for making your own.

July 23, 2013: ASIS International Members, please note that the Board of Director Elections for ASIS International are now open.  Please find the email you received from ASIS International and vote by August 16, 2013.  If you did not get the email with your election sign in information, click here to email the ASIS International Election contact.

July 22, 2013: Our annual LEAD (Law Enforcement Appreciation inner) is coming up.  It will be in lieu of our regular meeting this september, and will be in the same location as last year.  Additional details to follow, but we look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the FOP Lodge #1, 2988 Winewood Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215.

July 22, 2013: Don't forget, our next meeting WILL NOT be at the regular Alabama Power location!  We will have our annual field trip, this year we are touring the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Forensic Lab.  
We will meet for lunch at 11:00 at Jim & Nicks Southside, 1908 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205, then travel to the Forensic Lab for a tour and presentation.  The tour begins at noon.  We have limited parking passes for UAB so we'll carpool form Jim & Nicks.  This is open to any chapter member or prospective member; please contact a chapter officer if it is your first meeting so we can get you all the details.  Click here for a flyer with full details.

July 22, 2013: Bidding is open for our chapter's full registration to the 2013 ASIS seminar and exhibits this September in Chigago, IL.  Click here for more information on how to bid and what is included.

July 16, 2013: Training Opportunity!!!!  Jefferson State Community College and the FOP Lodge #59 are sponsoring a seminar "Interviewing for Effect" on Friday, August 9, 2013.  Click here for more information.  ASIS chapter members and interested professionals are welcome to attend.  APOST and CEU credit is available.

June 28, 2013: The schedule for the 2013 Birimingham ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) annual Fraud Seminar has been finalized.  This 2-day event will be held at the UAB shool of Business August 15-16.  Cost is $50/day for non-members, and CPE credit of up to 8 CEUs offered for each day.  For details and a full flyer, click here.

June 20, 2013: Make plans to attend our ASIS Friends and Family outing.  Thursday, June 27, 2013 we are meeting to attend the Birming Barons in thieir nice new stadium.  Game starts at 7:05, we will meet as a group around 6:20 outside the main entrance that faces 14th street, near 1st Ave, and will stake our claim in the general admission area.  If you are running late, just call or text a chapter officer and we'll tell you where we are sitting.  Bring friends, bring family, and rumor is that Thursday is "Thirsty Thursday, with $2 beer and $2 16ox drinks.  Please join us with your family while the Barons take on the Hunstville Stars.  Our general admission seats are $7.00, pay when you enter so no advance notice is required.

May 20,2013:  On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 there will be a FREE "Domestic Violence in the Workplace" seminar sponsored by the YWCA of Central AL and our own Johnny Lee.  RSVP by May 24; for more information, download the flyer here. 

May 20, 2013: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 11,2013.  The presentation will be "Review of Statement Analysis" by Mr. Phillip Calvert of Faulkner University's Department of Criminal Justice.

May 8, 2013: Don't forget about our meeting next Tuesday, May 14.  Mr. Johnny Lee will be presenting "Social Media and Security".

May 8, 2013: ASIS International is hosting a FREE webinar on CPTED.  It will be at 11:00 Central Time on Wednesday,May 15, 2013.  Click here for more information or to register.

April 19, 2013:  Our chapter is sponsoring the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) course entitled "The School Safety Officer". This 3-day course will be held May 8-10 at the Hoover Public Safety Center.  A flyer is avalable here with full details; please share this information with anyone who may be interested, especially leaders of private and church schools who may not have other resources. 

April 19, 2013: Our next meeting will be May 14, 2013.  The topic will be "Social Media and Security" and presenting will be our own Johnny Lee.  Here is a summary:

Jared Loughner, the Arizona community college student charged with shooting U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in January 2011, was suspended from his community college the previous fall because of disturbing YouTube post.  Although Loughner choose a political figure for his assault, the campus was prepared and intervened to stop a possible shooting at the school due their vigilance of Social Media. 
 
The burgeoning use of social media is a factor in how many people communicate and express themselves, even when it is a threat or incriminating.  This presentation will show how to research and analyze social media activity to identify and intervene potential threats of violence.  In fact, many shootings  were "advertised" immediately prior to the assault. In addition, we will look at how social media has a role in Loss Prevention and Flash Mob prevention. The advent of mob robbery and riots has been facilitated by Social Media but can also be used to stop it. Finally, we can see how while this concept can hamper emergency response, it can also be a resource for crisis management. 

The presentation will several review free tools that are available to begin using this powerful tool in the prevention of violence.

March 16, 2013: The US Postal Inspection Service has parthered with CINTAS Corporation, a leader in secure document management services to host a public Shred Day.  This wil be held at 100 Corporate Parkway, Hoover, AL 35242 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  For more information about this free event, contact Investigators Tony Robinson at 205-837-0038 or Karen Womack-Barber at 205-326-2927.

March 23-24, 2013: Middle Tennessee Chapter 052 of ASIS International is hosting a CPP examination review in Nashville, TN.  For more information or to register, email the chapter at: certficationa@asisnashville.org

April 3-5, 2013: Birmingham, AL ASSA American Society of Safety Engineers  
Region IV Professional Development Conference at the BJCC.  
"A first class event for anyone with responsibilities in safety.  You will learn about emerging issues, prepare for upcoming challenges and improve your professional skills and knowledge".
For more information or to register, please visit their website: www.alabama.asse.org
Our own Carol Dodgen of Dodgen Security Consulting will be presenting at this conference!

February 1, 2013: Pictures from this week's shooting and social gathering have been posted.  Click here to see them.

January 30, 2013: Don't forget tonight's chapter gathering.  4:30 at Security Engineers for the shooting competition followed by drinks and exzaggeration at Rogue Tavern.  Chapter members only for the competition (sorry!) but guests and spouses encouraged to meet at the Rogue Tavern at 6:00.

January 21, 2013: Our next meeting will be February 12, 2013.  Mr. Mo Canaday, Executive Director for the National Association of School Resource Officers will present the following program: "To Protect and Educate – The School Resource Officer and the Prevention of Violence in Schools” 

January 3, 2013: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013.  Our topic will be the Security Survey our chapeter is offering to Non Profit organizations, Houses of Worship and Private Schools.  Commitee Chair Carol Dodgen will review the survey with our members.

January 3, 2013: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is conducting several BMAP (Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program) events throughout Alabama.  These are open to Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement, EMS, First Responder and Security Professionals, and the cost is $Free$.  4 events are scheduled in Alabama; January 15, 2013 in Montgomery, AL, January 17, 2013 in Mobile, AL, January 29, 2013 in Northport (Tuscaloosa), AL, and January 31, 2013 in Homewood (Birmingham), AL.  Click on any of the dates above to open a flyer for that event (the content is identical for all 4).




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