The ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, October 12-15, will be the planet-wide educational hot spot for all things security, but don’t forget that the learning actually begins earlier, with preseminar programs. Augmenting the more than 160 seminar sessions and keynotes, there will be five classroom sessions and two off-site tours.
Consulting. On Sunday, October 10, and Monday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., “The Successful Security Consultant” will teach attendees how to launch a new security consultantcy or jump-start an existing one. A faculty of seasoned experts will teach attendees how to avoid the expensive mistakes that can sabotage success.
The program, sponsored by the International Association of Professional Security Consultants, is filled with practical information that will save time, money, and frustration. Included is a comprehensive workbook of sample proposals and reports that can assist consultants when competing for a security consulting assignment.
The fee for this preseminar program is $595 for ASIS members and $695 for nonmembers.
Truth or lies? Also taking place on Sunday and Monday is “Detecting Deception in Verbal and Written Statements,” which is offered by ASIS in partnership with Dietz and Associates. The class will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The ability to determine truth or deception in written or verbal statements is crucial for today’s investigators, security and loss prevention managers, and law enforcement professionals. This practical, two-day program will help attendees master this skill and become more effective when interviewing or interrogating witnesses and suspects, investigating crimes, or reviewing written statements.
The tuition for these classes is $595 for ASIS members and $695 for nonmembers.
Houses of worship. Houses of worship and other faith-based organizations continue to be targets of both opportunistic crime and planned criminal activity. This one-day program, titled “Beyond the Basics: Next Steps for Protecting Faith-based Organizations,” will walk attendees through the risk management process and the justification for developing a new houses of worship security program or the growth of an existing one.
The class will be held on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is cosponsored by the ASIS Cultural Properties Council and Faith-Based Organizations Security Committee. Faculty will review specific topics including security management, risk assessment, crime prevention, emergency planning, and terrorism awareness. This session offers a nondenominational approach and can benefit all houses of worship.
The class cost is $195 for ASIS members and $245 for nonmembers.
Facility security. The next preseminar program is “Facility Security Assessment and Initial Conceptual Design,” which will occur on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In this class, attendees will explore initial security design topics leading to the identification of risks and the definition of functional requirements; the definition and preparation of the basis of design and assessment report; the definition and preparation of the conceptual design and supporting documentation; the preparation of the initial construction cost estimate; and the preparation and presentation to management of a business case for security. The program, sponsored by ASIS Security Architecture and Engineering Council, is particularly relevant for practitioners responsible for an organization’s security systems design, implementation, and operation.
The fee for this program is $395 for ASIS members and $495 for nonmembers.
Threat Assessment. The final preseminar program is “The Reality of Threat Assessment and Response,” cosponsored by International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and Layne Consultants International. This full-day program, which will be held on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., introduces the concepts involved in determining realistic threats facing any facility or institution and proceeds through the best practices methodology of analyzing and mitigating those threats. Experienced professionals in emergency management will lead attendees through a practical, hands-on exercise in dealing with crisis situations.
The tuition for this class is $395 for ASIS members and $495 for nonmembers.
Tours. In addition to the classroom programs, there will be two tours available for attendees on Monday. The first will be of the Dallas Police Department, taking place from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Safety is the single most important challenge facing the city of Dallas. One of the ways that the Dallas Police Department (DPD) is fighting crime is through a successful public/private partnership using wireless camera technology in the downtown area. The tour commences from the convention center and includes the Jefferson Boulevard business district en route to police headquarters where attendees will learn about the implementation and results of this public/private partnership. Included is a tour of the Police Command Center, where a senior police official will summarize how the DPD is using the center’s technology. There will also be a discussion of crime-fighting results, benefits, and value, as well as future plans for the city and police department related to the use of physical security technology.
The tour is $50 per person and includes transportation.
The second tour will be of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, on Monday from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Security plans and measures at the stadium—a $1.1 billion concrete, glass, and steel behemoth—are state-of-the-art, well rehearsed, and tightly collaborative. Constant communication is the backbone for the security strategy during football games and special events. The stadium has a control room and a command center high above the structure’s playing field, as well as temporary detention facilities for those detained at the stadium.
During the tour, attendees will hear from Cowboys Stadium security officials and receive a backstage peek at the electronic and security systems of the stadium and learn about the capabilities of the command center, where on game day a staff of up to 20 people is on hand, including federal, state, and local authorities.
The tour is $50 per person and includes transportation.
Those wishing to attend any of these preseminar programs can register in advance at the Society’s Web site, www.asisonline.org.