Next General Membership Meeting is the PICnic!
17 Sept 2014
Manchester Parks & Recreation
359 Old Meramec Station Rd
Ballwin, MO 63021
Have a great summer!
Our Meeting of 21 May, 2014
Chesterfield Ridge Cafe
16401 Swingley Ridge Rd Chesterfield, MO 63017
Our guest speaker is Matt Thelen. Matt Thelen is currently the webmaster and secretary of PIC. He is an IT Security Professional currently working as an IT Security Engineer at Enterprise Holdings. He will be discussing the vulnerabilities that surround QR codes (example above picture) as well as how to protect yourself when using them and will follow up with a live demo to show how easy it is to pull of this kind of attack.
Our Meeting of 19 March, 2014
Chesterfield Ridge Cafe
16401 Swingley Ridge Rd Chesterfield, MO 63017
Our guest speaker is Wade Ramponi. Wade will be talking about a documentary he is creating called "Half Life - Weldon Spring Missouri - Lost Voice of the Heartland" click the below link to see the trailer, as well as a documentary on the Missouri State Penitentiary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAET4MTj0Rw
Wade J. Ramponi has been in the Information Technology field for over 20 years, working at some of the worlds largest companies such as Cessna Aircraft, MasterCard, IBM, Monsanto and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Information security has always been a passion - Particularly in the forensics field. “After 5”, Wade takes a different turn to another passion that he has held dear since he was a teenager - Video Production. You might say he enjoys “Living Life Through a Lens”. Wade is the owner of Storyboard Film Studio in Wentzville MO, and started out filming weddings over 12 years ago. With a father whom is a history major, the subject of the past has always been intriguing. Losing many of his family members to cancer at a young age he started looking into possible connections to historical events. That is when the story of Weldon Spring took a foothold. It is a documentary currently in production that talks about a US State of Emergency in WWII that erased 3 towns from existence in only one and a half months and continues to effect peoples lives to this very day.
Starting in the summer of 2014, Wade will be starting production of a second full-length documentary - The Missouri State Penitentiary. Built in 1836 at the time the Battle of the Alamo was underway and 100 years before Alcatraz started housing inmates, this was what Time Magazine once called “The Bloodiest 47 Acres in America”. Shutting its doors in 2004, it now waits for its stories to be told.
Wade resides in Wentzville MO with his highest priorities - His wife and two kids (a little girl who is almost 7 and 5 1/2 year old boy).
Our Meeting of 15 January, 2014
Chesterfield Ridge Cafe
16401 Swingley Ridge Rd Chesterfield, MO 63017
Our guest speakers will be Alex Brewer and Anjali Dooley. Alex Brewer has been working with Guardian Park Avenue Securities helping clients build and protect their Balance Sheets for the past 8 years. Alex is a 2nd generation Financial Professional and has a great interest in developing young business professionals looking to grow their business. Alex resides in Wentzville, MO with his wife and 2 kids.
Anjali Dooley lives in the greater St. Louis area and is a private practice attorney with an emphasis on business law, healthcare law, and criminal defense. She is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, & Kansas. Anjali holds her Juris Doctorate degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City, her Masters in Business Administration Degree from DePaul University in Chicago and her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Anjali is part of the Adjunct faculty at Saint Louis University and Lindenwood University. In 2012, Anjali was chosen as one of Missouri Lawyers Media Up & Coming Lawyers under 40 for not only her legal work but her online blog and video logs regarding various legal subjects on her very own SIDEBARTV.com. Anjali is also a busy mother with two very active and bright children, Lily & Elijah Dooley.
Please RSVP to Kevin@AdvantageFET.com to sign up for the dinner and meeting.
Our Meeting of Nov 20th 2013
Chesterfield Ridge Cafe
16401 Swingley Ridge Rd. * Chesterfield, MO 63017
Our guest speaker will be retired St. Charles Detective Mike Miller. Mike is now a financial adviser with Edward D. Jones. In his 30 plus years as a police officer he was involved in nearly every major murder and high profile case in St. Charles.
Mr. Miller is one of the truly best criminal interviewers. He has a number of Who’s Who clients in and around the area. He has always had his eye on finances and investments. Mr. Miller will give some insight on the status of our economy from the eyes of an insider who talks our language.
Please RSVP to Kevin@AdvantageFET.com to sign up for the dinner and meeting.
Our Meeting of May 15th
Our guest speaker Louis Srote, author of "The Disintegration of the Constitution" talked about the motivation behind publishing the book. He covered some alarming figures in regards to the national debt and how it will affect everyone. He presented some ways of getting the economy back on track to fix a system that is doomed for failure if something isn’t fixed soon.
Our Meeting of March 20th
Guest speakers Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force gave an excellent presentation on the motivation for becoming published authors and writing "The Light Bringer" Trilogy. They discussed how they were able to work together to create a St. Louis Best Seller that finished 9th overall in 2011.
These extraordinary gentlemen have started a non-profit organization called The Light Bringer Foundation, which recognizes people for showing compassion and helping others in need. They hope that the recognition will influence others to do the same. They've found that writing helps them cope with the tragedies they experience on the job and feel they can also help other people by stimulating thought and letting them know that they’re not alone in dealing with trauma and grief. Their message is the belief that living one’s life by doing what’s right is critically important as is showing others compassion, kindness and empathy – the theme of their presentation.
Our Meeting of January 16, 2013
Guest speaker William Armstrong of Defense Criminal Investigative Services described how asset forfeiture works. He provided excellent insite into how he systematically approaches financial investigations and how he identifies assets and traces funds in order to recover them for the federal government.
Our Meeting of November 14, 2012
November 2012 Guest Speaker
State Auditor Tom Schweich is a fifth-generation Missourian and a graduate of St. Louis County Public Schools, Yale, and Harvard Law School. Schweich practiced law for over 20 years in St. Louis at the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP.
Schweich began his public service career as chief of staff for the Danforth Special Counsel investigation into the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. Schweich then served as Chief of Staff to three United States Ambassadors to the United Nations and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for international law enforcement affairs where he oversaw the activities of 4,000 people in over 40 countries with an annual budget of $2.5 billion. In March 2007, President Bush appointed Schweich U.S. Ambassador for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan. During his service in the State Department, he led diplomatic missions to approximately 30 countries.
Schweich is the author of three books: Protect Yourself from Business Lawsuits (and lawyers like me), Crashproof Your Life, and Staying Power. In November 2010, the people of Missouri elected Schweich to be their State Auditor. Schweich is married and has two teenagers.
Our Meeting of May 16, 2012
The Occupy Wall Street protests that began in September of 2011 ultimately spread throughout the United States and around the world. St. Louis even had a small Occupy movement centered around Kiener Plaza. But, just when you thought the tents were taken down for good, well... Let's talk about this in our meeting.
What Happens To Old Cops?
Some, like Bill Leahy, are gifted with vivid memories combined with the ability to see the world from a different perspective, and they love research. These old cops write books. I met Mr. Leahy at a gun show recently held in Saint Charles, Missouri. He was busy promoting his book, Curbstone Justice. His experience with the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department began as an intern and telephone operator when he was merely a teenager, and his duties continued as a clerk-typist to finally a street cop in the 1950s and 1960s. If you enjoy cop stories - and maybe want to learn what a cop might have been thinking - order his book. It is a great value when you consider it offers 342 pages for less than 10 cents per page.
Our Meeting of March 21, 2012
PIC: A Professional Organization With A Half-Century Legacy
The Professional Investigators Council of Greater St. Louis, Inc. (PIC), was established in June 1957 after a meeting at the Crown Hotel, St. Louis, MO. The original purpose for the formation of the organization was to provide a private forum in which the members could exchange information on investigative techniques and experiences as an aid to one another. Confidentiality and trust among the members was accorded the highest respect. This concept was clearly evident in these excerpts from an original prospectus to illustrate the objectives of the council.
The prospectus also stated, "It has been the policy of the Board of Directors that everything should be done to prevent the council from becoming a social organization as such. In like manner, the council has not become involved actively in the sponsorship of legislation of any character, as we are aware of some evils attendant on the position of that type."
Conditions and times have changed over the past 50 years. The organization has also evolved. The original council of 17 has now grown to over 150 members. Private investigators, once barred from membership, are now active participating members. Training academies, seminars, workshops, and conferences have all contributed toward the education and profession of the investigator. Science and technology available to the investigator today was unheard of 50 years ago. Liaison between public, corporate and private investigators is an open reality.
Once parochial sentiments between federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies have blended into a spirit of cooperation. This cooperative spirit has also extended into the judicial system of the courts. Some examples are the crime labs, forensic science, computers, citizens against crime, court watchers, neighborhood watch programs and other community crime prevention and awareness programs.
The location for our meetings is the Chesterfield Ridge Cafe on the first floor of the Chesterfield Ridge Center Building, 16401 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The meals will be catered by quality local food service vendors with outstanding reputations.
The Chesterfield Ridge Center building is situated about 20 miles due west from downtown St. Louis along I-64 on the north side of the highway, across from Chesterfield Mall. Click here for a map.
Traveling WEST from I-64 West - US 40/61 West at I-270:
Drive westbound on I-64 West - US-40/61 West, bearing right on the ramp reading Exit 19A onto North Outer Forty Road toward Chesterfield Parkway. Before reaching Chesterfield Parkway, turn right at Chesterfield Ridge Center Road (about 1/4 mile after exiting from I-64W/US-40W). Turn right into the Chesterfield Ridge Center parking garage at the rear of our building.
Traveling EAST from I-64 West - US-40/61 East at MO Hwy K:
Drive about 9 miles eastbound on US-40/61 East, bearing right on the ramp reading Exit 19A, then left onto Chesterfield Airport Road to Chesterfield Parkway North. Turn left at Chesterfield Parkway North and proceed northeast for about 3/10 mile. Turn right on Swingley Ridge Road. Turn left into the Chesterfield Ridge Center parking garage (surface level entrance) at the rear of our building.
In Memory of Carl Bender
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Carl A. Bender, life member of the Professional Investigators Council of Greater Saint Louis, on the 30th of June at his home. Carl was a highly decorated U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel, retiring after 20 years of service. After his retirement, Carl became Safety Security Manager for Monsanto for 20 years and Commerce Bank in St. Louis for 15 years. He married Eloise Jennings on 10 January 1954.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Carl Bender Scholarship Fund, c/o Chapter Treasurer, 926 Hemsath Rd., Suite 103, St. Charles, MO 63303 or Korean War Veteran's Association, Imjin Chapter, P.O. Box 211, O'Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be expressed online at www.rennerfh.com.
Is Something Missing In Your Career?
Experience is a valuable investigative tool. When you've "been there, done that" it's much easier to visualize the possibilities and get to the answer much sooner. Imagine if you had the experience of dozens of other area investigators at your disposal. How valuable would that be? As a member of the Professional Investigators Council of Saint Louis (PIC), you'll have that - and more. Apply today.
Our Meeting of January 18, 2012
FBI Field Intelligence Groups
The Directorate of Intelligence oversees field intelligence operations through Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs). The FIGs perform intelligence functions through integrated teams of intelligence analysts, language analysts, physical surveillance specialists, and a dedicated number of special agents.
The FIGs coordinate, manage, and execute all of the functions of the intelligence cycle in the field.
- They help determine what it is we don’t know about the threats our country is facing—and what we need to know to combat them. (Requirements)
- They help ensure that our agents in the field collect—through interviews, searches, and electronic and physical surveillances—the kind of information we and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities are looking for. (Planning and Direction and Collection).
- They extract the information from cases being worked in their field offices and put it into a form usable by analysts. They do this using a variety of methods, including decryption, language translation, and data reduction. (Processing and Exploitation.)
- They put the information into context by answering questions such as: What does it mean? And why is it important? (Analysis and Production.)
- They compile the information into reports and disseminate them to FBI Headquarters, other law enforcement and intelligence agencies and key decision makers, including the President and the attorney general. (Dissemination.) Often, the dissemination process leads to new requirements being generated, and the process starts over again.
For more information on what goes on in the FIGs and to meet members of the local FIG team, attend this meeting!
We were honored to have Special Agent Jim Beubendorf as our guest. A wide range of topics were presented, but notably, was a local training opportunity in coordination with the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC).
The Safe School Initiative
In 2002, NTAC completed the Safe School Initiative (SSI), a study of attacks at K-12 schools. Conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the study examined incidents in the United States from 1974 through May 2000, analyzing a total of 37 incidents involving 41 student attackers. The study involved extensive review of police records, school records, court documents, and other source materials, and included interviews with 10 school shooters. The focus of the study was on developing information about pre-attack behaviors and communications to identify information that may be identifiable or noticeable before such incidents occur.
The SSI found that school-based attacks are rarely impulsive acts. Rather, they are typically thought out and planned in advance. Almost every attacker had engaged in behavior before the shooting that seriously concerned at least one adult - and for many had concerned three or more adults. In addition, prior to most of the incidents, other students knew the attack was to occur but did not alert an adult. Rarely did the attackers direct threats to their targets before the attack. The study's findings also revealed that there is no "profile" of a school-based attacker; instead, the students who carried out the attacks differed from one another in numerous ways.
The findings from the study suggest that some school-based attacks may be preventable, and that students can play an important role in prevention efforts. Using the study's findings, the Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education modified the Secret Service's threat assessment approach for use in schools in order to give school and law enforcement professionals tools for investigating threats in schools, managing situations of concern, and creating safe school climates.
This is your opportunity, but don't wait: seats won't last.
When: April 1, 2011
Where: Saint Charles Community College
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
For reservations, please RSVP to Executive Director of The Eastern Missouri Police Academy, Ronald Neubauer at 636-922-8764 or firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25, 2011. There is no fee associated with this presentation.
Details will be provided when your reservations are confirmed. A large response is expected and seats are limited so you are encouraged to RSVP soon.
Our Meeting of May 18, 2011: Hazmat Emergency Response
Our Meeting of January 20, 2011 - Broken Windows
Researchers have found that inappropriate behavior provides a reasonable probability that an individual will commit a serious crime or security breach in the future. As a result, communities and organizations should police minor law and security policy violations in order to prevent more serious abuse.
According to January's guest speaker, Kurt Aubuchon, Forensic Investigator with Ispirian Computer Forensics, “Pursuing apparently minor infractions has the effect of deterring more major problems later. Also, by pursuing minor infractions, you may uncover evidence of major infractions committed by the same user. If a user has pornography or other illegal content on his computer, or has engaged in illegal file sharing, he clearly does not respect the organization’s security policies. Organizations should promptly respond to such security violations or, better yet, actively look for such indicators to prevent a future breach. It’s like the ‘broken windows theory' in law enforcement. If you clean up the petty crime in a neighborhood you’re also likely to prevent major crimes.” For more on this topic, download Kurt's article by clicking the "broken window" link below (requires a PDF reader.)
Our Meeting of November 17, 2010 - Straight Shooter
Kevin Cummins is a National Rifle Association Certified Instructor and Training Counselor. He develops and conducts courses specific to Law-Enforcement Firearms training. He provides courses geared toward law enforcement and security guards who would like to improve their agency required qualification scores, as well as agencies in need of P.O.S.T. qualification and training.
In addition, Mr. Cummins operates Advantage Public Safety Equipment, suppliers and installers of Public Safety Equipment. Advantage PSE provides the highest quality Public Safety Equipment for its customers, while providing exceptional quality upfitting and installation services. Advantage PSE upfits Ford Police Interceptors™ for public safety agencies large and small. They also are able to upfit vehicles from all other manufacturers.
Our Meeting of May 19, 2010 - Who Dunnit?
PICnic this Wednesday the 19th at 4pm
Not So True Crimes: Confessions of a Mystery Writer
Our guest Joanna Campbell Slan is a woman with murder on her mind…as long as it happens on paper. As the author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series, she admits to committing a crime or two, but only between the pages of her books.
“Fortunately, when you write a mystery, you work backwards,” says Slan. “Well, I do at least. So the puzzle is easy to construct…except sometimes. On occasion, the truth is a bit inconvenient.”
To help her get her facts right, Joanna is one of the many mystery authors who rely on friends in law enforcement to double-check her details. “I keep a stash of business cards at hand. I hate the idea that I’m using anyone’s valuable time, so I try to use email for questions. Even so, sometimes it will take a phone call to a friend in the business to figure out what it is I don’t know,” she explains.
Slan’s interest in getting things right led her to be a co-founder of Forensic University of St. Louis. The event brought in law enforcement and forensic experts from around the country who spoke to an eager crowd of authors.
"We also arranged to spend time at a local shooting gallery. That was funny. Here were women who had ‘killed’ hundreds of people on paper but never held a gun. I’ve got great photos from the event," says Slan.
She not only talks to law enforcement authorities for accuracy, she also makes site visits. “In the first book in my series, I visited the St. Louis County Jail. Thank goodness, I had done my homework because my editor had a few questions, and I was able to assure her I had actually been to the jail myself.”
Even though Slan’s a stickler for details, she admits her books do not go strictly by the book. She explains, “Every mystery that features an amateur sleuth starts with a premise that’s inaccurate. The idea that an amateur could keep up with a professional is silly. But I’m not writing true crime. I’m writing entertainment.”
Joanna Campbell Slan is the author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. The first book in the series—Paper, Scissors, Death—was nominated for an Agatha Award. The third book—Photo, Snap, Shot—will be released in May, 2010. A former St. Louis resident, Joanna and her husband now live outside Washington DC.
Our Meeting of March 17, 2010 - Youth Violence and Gangs
We were honored to welcome as our guest speaker, Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen, the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Tufts University. His Ph.D. (Sociology, 1982) was awarded by the University of Colorado, Boulder.
His research has covered a broad spectrum of methodologies and topics from participant observation in a county jail to conducting longitudinal national surveys of adolescents. Throughout his career, he has been interested in the nexus between research and policy, working on both evaluation and basic research projects. He is currently the Principal Investigator on two multi-site evaluations of school-based prevention programs and serves as the current Chair of his department.
Dr Finn Esbensen
Our Meeting of November 18, 2009 - AUSA Howard Marcus
Our speaker for the evening was Assistant United States Attorney Howard Marcus on the topic of "The Changing Role of the Justice Department in a Post-9/11 World". Mr. Marcus' presentation described many of the roles and responsibilities of AUSA's and more specifically his mission within ATAC in the Eastern District of Missouri.
You may contact PIC at the address below:
Professional Investigators Council of Greater St. Louis, Inc.
16401 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 250
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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