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2016 News

September 13, 2016:
In lieu of September's regularly scheduled meeting, the Birmingham ASIS Chapter will be hosting our Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  This year's event will be at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 2988 Winewood Road, Birmingham, AL 35215 beginning at 11:30a.m.  The lunch will include a special guest speaker, awards to police officers in valor and excellence and a yummy BBQ spread.

This is a celebrated event that you do not want to miss!!!  

What better way to show your support for our men and women in BLUE than by sponsoring or volunteering for this event?  Sponsors make this event happen every year.  Volunteers are needed to assist with initial set up and collection of tickets to the event.  Please contact our Law Enforcement Liaison, Lynn Shobe if you are interested in helping with this event. 

August 9, 2016:​
Birmingham ASIS will not have a chapter meeting this month.

July 12, 2016:
This month's speaker, Blake Strickland will explain the dynamics of investigations at the State Board Level.  Blake has a Law Enforcement background, retiring from University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department a couple of years ago. He is currently an investigator for the State of AL Dental Board and likes disco music (probably). 

June 14, 2016: 
Our June speaker, James (Ed) Earp, a Retired U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Officer who served in Active Duty, Active Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant.  He also worked for the  Alabama Dept. Of Corrections before he was hired as the Corporate Uniform Security Training Supervisor for, Alabama Power.  Ed will be sharing "An Inside Look at Alabama Power's Training & Uniform Division".

May 10, 2016: Our May meeting will be held in our usual venue and our guest speaker will be John Potter from the WellHouse and he will be discussing "Identifying Indicators of Human Trafficking".  

The WellHouse provides a safe residential environment to sexually exploited women, offering spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical support services. The WellHouse welcomes all women who have been sexually exploited through human trafficking. Regardless of race, color, creed, or religion, women in pain can be assured they will find love and acceptance at The WellHouse.   For more information on the WellHouse or how to get involved/donate, visit http://the-wellhouse.org/. This is one you don't want to miss!  As always, there is no cost to attend our meetings, and no RSVP is required.

April 12, 2016: In lieu of the meeting on April 12, we will be heading to the Alabama Power facility in Calera, AL to use their Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.) System.  

Lunch will be provided by Alabama Power, so please RSVP by Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Scott Stover (bsstover@southernco.com) or Heather Adan (hadan@southernco.com).

 For more information, feel free to contact Scott Stover.  We look forward to seeing you there!

March 8, 2016: Our March meeting will be held in our usual venue and our guest speaker Samuel E. Causey who is sharing the importance of the "Power of Partnerships". As the current Investigator for Alabama Power Corporate Security - Birmingham Division, Sam specializes in the investigation of Utility Theft and external crimes against the Company. Prior to coming to Alabama Power Sam served as a law enforcement officer in Tennessee. Sam began his law-enforcement career with the Rhea County Sheriff's Department as a Reserve Deputy while still attending Bryan College in Dayton Tn. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Adult Education, Sam worked with the Rhea County Emergency Management Agency for several years before joining the Spring City Police Department. Sam laterally transferred to the Crossville Police Department where had the distinction being selected to the Honor Guard, and as entry team member of the department SWAT team. Sam holds numerous law-enforcement certifications including chemical weapons, use of force, interview/ interrogation, criminal investigations, critical incident stress de-briefing, pursuit driving, and as a police instructor. Additionally, Sam was cited for meritorious service numerous times and received medals for Valor, Saving a Human Life and for Officer of the Year. Since coming to Alabama Power Company Sam was tapped to serve as the first "Current Diversion" (electrical utility theft in layman's terms) investigator in a joint effort between Corporate Security and Birmingham Division Accounting. Since 2011, this program has been responsible for the recovery of $2,000,000.00 in lost revenue. Recognizing the need for strong partnerships and training, Sam began the Metro Utility Safety Taskforce in December 2011. That organization has grown and is responsible for creating multiple partnerships between public and private groups to establish best practices and training protocols for the utility industry. In 2014 Sam was elected to the board of the South Central Revenue Protection Association as the Vice President and Director of Training . The SCRPA organization is the board responsible for the development of best practices and training initiatives for the utility theft investigators industry across the ten States in the south eastern United States.   Sam is also a member of ASIS and ACFE.
There is no cost to attend our meetings, and no RSVP is required.

February 9, 2016: Our February meeting topic is on the "Economics of Retail Crime" presented by John Hassard, MS, CPP, LPC, CFE.  John is the current Global Program Manager for Tyco.  John Hassard is a security expert with nearly thirty years experience in retail loss prevention and premises security. John has worked at every level of the security profession, from contract security officer to director of loss prevention for a Fortune 500 retailer. John's boots on the ground experience, combined with his strong academic background and extensive management experience provides a comprehensive understanding of security industry standards and best demonstrated practices. Following 25 years in retail loss prevention John is now a consultant and expert witness for Robson Forensic and a global program manager for Tyco.
John earned a M.Sc. in Security Management and a B.S. in Criminal Justice; he is also a member of many local and national professional organizations. John is certified in Loss Prevention, Security Management, and Fraud Examination.  There is no cost associated with attending our meetings and no RSVP is required. 

January 12, 2016: Our first meeting of the year will be in our regular location on the regular day and time! Our own YP liaison, Ryan Schwoebel, CFE, is presenting on the subject of "Interrogation Theme Development".  Ryan is an Anti-Money Laundering Officer (AML) for ProEquities Compliance. Prior to this, he worked at Regions Bank as the Assistant Vice President in the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Department. Ryan also worked in investigations in the private sector and law enforcement since 2004, including 4 years as a special agent with NCIS in Norfolk, VA. He teaches as adjunct faculty for UAB and Troy University in the areas of criminal justice and security, and is a member of the ASIS Economic Crimes Council.  There is no cost associated with attending our meetings and no RSVP is required.  


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