Posted onAugust 18, 2017|Comments Off on Addressing Police Tactics at the Charlottesville Protests
On August 18, 2017; A. Benjamin Mannes appeared on an in-depth report about the Charlottesville Protests on the One America News Network. Mannes was asked to comment because of his experience as a special event security consultant and member of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s famed Civil Disturbance Unit; who are widely considered the national benchmark on policing special events, riots, and protests. As you can see in the report, Mannes refrains from the side-taking and blame which is common in discussion about the Charlottesville protests; but focuses on the tactics (or lack thereof) of the Charlottsville and Virginia State Police in securing & controlling the event and how they measured up with both best-practices and inter-agency training.
Please watch the report below:
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Posted onAugust 4, 2017|Comments Off on While Sessions launches new opioid task force, local response lags behind
My latest piece in The Hill addresses the new federal effort to deploy US Attorneys specializing in opioid prosecutions, but hits home to those of us living in the hardest hit areas who are dealing with the crisis on a day-to-day basis.
Please click here to read the full article and let me know what you think.
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Posted onJuly 25, 2017|Comments Off on When Politics have Deadly Consequences
This article in The Hill poses the question of whether there a correlation between the growing anti-enforcement political climate and a rise in violent crime. The article specifically uses the example of the current heated race for Philadelphia District Attorney where Beth Grossman, a career prosecutor is running against Larry Krasner; counsel to “Black Lives Matter” and “Occupy Philly” as an example.
Posted onJuly 1, 2017|Comments Off on Law enforcement revives crime fighting initiatives as communities see recent spike
My latest piece in The Hill entitled “Law enforcement revives crime fighting initiatives as communities see recent spike” breaks down some of the “new” crime-fighting initiatives in cities like Baltimore & Chicago; and examines their potential effectiveness. Please share your thoughts and let’s discuss.
Posted onJune 4, 2017|Comments Off on After London and Manchester, we need better Public Venue Security
My June 4, 2017 piece in The Hill should serve as a private sector “wake-up call” for public venue security in light of recent, fatal criminal and terrorist incidents; many of which could have been prevented or mitigated with better security planning.
Posted onMay 19, 2017|Comments Off on Mannes to Keynote Certified Fraud Examiners’ meeting in Philadelphia
A. Benjamin Mannes will be giving his two-hour presentation; “Addressing Corruption as a Form of Organized Crime” to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners‘ meeting on June 6, 2017, 8:30 AM at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, 237 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Posted onMay 4, 2017|Comments Off on The Need for Comprehensive Transportation Security
On May 3, 2017; I wrote an extensive article on LinkedIn as an in-depth examination for the need of increased security focus in the transportation sector, especially among Ports and Transit Agencies. It is an analysis of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programs, to include the Surface Transportation Security Inspection Program (STSIP); and why the onus on security should be taken on primarily by the Transit Authority, Rail Service, Trucking Company and/or Port Authority. When looking at the benchmarks of the Los Angeles Port Police, WMATA Metro-Transit Police, SEPTA Transit Police, and Port Authority of NY/NJ; the nation’s best practices in transportation security are coming from local authorities with the fiscal support of the federal government, and not vice-versa.
Posted onApril 28, 2017|Comments Off on Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are not synonymous
My latest column in The Hill breaks down a common misconception regarding the law enforcement and intelligence communities, and conveys the urgency for citizens to be more responsible for their own safety and security.
Please click here to read the article and feel free to contact me with your feedback.
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Posted onApril 24, 2017|Comments Off on The Importance of Breaking Down Silos in Security Leadership
As a corporate security leader, I wave witnessed a trend in where the leadership of security functions have been broken down into silos based on specific niche functions (such as data security, Investigations, Loss Prevention, Physical Security) and allowed to operate in those functional departments; as opposed to in a separate oversight function.
My in-depth professional article on this topic explores how central security leadership can better serve an organization as a whole. Please click here to read it in full.
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