Ariel Benjamin Mannes, Philadelphia-based MA, CPP, CESP is a seasoned security professional with experience in public safety, investigations, homeland security and exam integrity.
Over the last two decades, Ariel Benjamin Mannes, of Philadelphia, has amassed experience working in the public and private sectors, as well as for the government. As a consultant, he stands out from his competition because of his vast experience and unique skill set. He brings a combination of education, training, and experience to his clients and he can offer objective assessments on risks, threats and exposures to liability. Because of his extensive background, he can also provide planning and training services for his clients to secure their physical and intellectual assets.
Mannes spent his childhood between New York City and Los Angeles. When he saw the crime levels increasing in his neighborhoods as a child, he was inspired to take action to better his community. He long knew he wanted to enter a career in law enforcement one day. By age seventeen he had earned early acceptance to New York’s John Jay College of criminal justice, and at eighteen became a Special Police Officer with the City of Long Beach, NY.
While attending university, Ariel Benjamin Mannes joined the New York Police Department as an Auxiliary Police Officer . In 1997, he was hired as a federal law enforcement officer by the US Federal Protective Service (FPS) where he served on the New York Terrorist Trials Operations Command, a joint venture set up by the US Marshals Service, NYPD, Bureau of Prisons and the FBI. After the twin embassy bombings in 1998, he was called to serve on special security details during the trials of the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel Rachman and the first indictments of Usama (or Osama) bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Beginning in 1999, Mannes served on the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. He was initially assigned to the high-crime Sixth District Substation in Anacostia and also served as a member of the nationally-recognized Civil Disturbance Unit.
Ariel Benjamin Mannes was asked to serve in a homeland security capacity after the 9/11 attacks as he joined the District’s Joint Operations Command Center. Here, he served on the DC-area sniper task force and amongst other intelligence-led assignments. He became Department’s Master Instructor and later the National Training Coordinator for the threat assessment CAT Eyes Program. During this time, he trained other instructors in Boston, DC, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. He also conducted threat assessments for Coach USA surface transportation networks in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
He was eventually asked to join the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) as an Intelligence Analyst in a partnership between US Department of Homeland Security and the American Trucking Association. During this time, he served within The Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC). This organization is tasked with the job of tracing security incidents across all modes of transportation in the US. Ariel Benjamin Mannes was then recruited to join the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a Surface Transportation Security Specialist with the rank of inspector where he was assigned to one of the nation’s first Rail Security Inspection teams. In this position, he was responsible for monitoring homeland security intelligence and conducted inspections for the MARC commuter rail system, Baltimore Subway/Light Rail, Washington-Area METRO, AMTRAK Northeast Corridor, Virginia Railway Express and Norfolk Southern Rail Lines throughout D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. During the hurricanes of Rita and Katrina, he served in an Emergency Management capacity.
He went on to serve as a senior consultant for an Israeli-American homeland security technology firm from 2006 to 2007. , He assisted with large-scale emergency management & homeland security projects for public safety agencies in Columbus, OH, Los Angeles, and the Greater Philadelphia area.
Ariel Benjamin Mannes also served as the Director of the Office of Investigations with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). During his years as director, he oversaw public safety, emergency management, exam integrity and investigative initiatives for North America’s largest medical specialty board. While at ABIM, Ariel Benjamin Mannes developed policies and led procedures to address fraud, theft, and cheating in the board certification process by creating new best practices in the protection of intellectual property and exam integrity. With his experience in the area of exam integrity investigations, he is recognized as a leading subject matter expert.
Mannes presently serves as subject matter expert and a consultant in operations and management. A TWIC-cleared consultant, he helps his clients in effectively securing both their intellectual and physical assets. He has consulted with the American Board of Medical Specialties, Association of Test Publishers, Caveon Test Security/Institute for Exam Security, Paradigm Testing, and SERAPH, amongst many others.
Ariel Benjamin Mannes has worked with hotels, business professionals, state education departments, school districts, political candidates, an array of testing organizations, faith-based communities, amongst other organizations to develop assessments, plans, and policies. Furthermore, he speaks about public safety, intellectual property protection, homeland security, and property protection and public integrity as a way to give back to his community. He is also a Life Member of the Fraternal Order of Police, lodge DC #1 and a member of the Association of Inspectors General and the Pennsylvania Shield and Square Club where he was an Officer of the Year Award recipient in 2014
Mannes is also a member of the Peirce College criminal justice Studies Advisory Board and has consulted with news and creative media, talk radio, screenwriters and producers in film and television, as well as being published in papers such as: The Hill, Arizona Republic, Buffalo News, the Daily Caller, Philadelphia Daily News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Times and Security Magazine.
He likes staying up-to-date by reading local, national and international journals and monitoring media coverage, and he enjoys furthering his education by taking classes. His global personal and business contacts have helped him gain perspective on the ever-changing need for the protection of our physical and intellectual assets.
Mannes is currently employed as a Chief Compliance Officer for a diversified financial firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida; where he employs his education and experience in a way that helps his organization avoid costly loss.
Ariel Benjamin Mannes holds two degrees: one is a Master of Arts Degree in organizational leadership and the other is a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice. He graduated both Summa cum, Laude. He holds certificates in Forensic Epidemiology, Crisis Preparedness Training for School Administrators, Campus Public Safety Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, and Hospital Emergency Management during WMD Attacks. He is a passionate student Krav Maga and participates in a classic car club. Additionally, Mr. Mannes is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a Freemason. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife.
In a recent piece for Security Magazine, Ariel Benjamin Mannes discussed recent attacks on places of worship. Below is an excerpt of this article. For the full article, click here. "Jurisdictions throughout the nation increased security at houses of worship this...
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I was recently published in Security Magazine, discussing the assessment of established safety plans. See below for an article excerpt, and click HERE for the full article. "As someone who has been engaged by consulting clients and full-time employers to conduct...
I recently published an article with Security Management. See below for an article excerpt, and click the link to read more: "The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) operation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria was the largest and longest response in...