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New ASIS PCB President: Blurring Lines Between Public, Private Sectors

Certification for law enforcement helps them ‘sit at the table’

NEW YORK—For the first time, an active-duty police officer is presiding over the ASIS Professional Certification Board. Owen J. Monaghan hopes that being named to that position will broaden the traditional perception of physical security and increase collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Monaghan, assistant chief of the New York City Police Department, is commanding officer of the largest NYPD borough command, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, which is made up of 13 precincts, several specialty units and 3,200 officers and civilian employees.

“I have found my CPP [Certified Protection Professional designation] to be a huge value for me in my day-to-day work,” Monaghan told Security Director News. He’d like more active law enforcement personnel to have that advantage, he said.

“We are charged with securing a large variety of infrastructure, venues and events. How do we secure these events? With physical security, countermeasures, intrusion detection and by collaborating with the private sector, he said.

Since receiving his CPP in 2005, he said, he has become “a real partner” with his private sector counterparts.

“Sitting at the table,” discussing transit district security issues, for example, “I am able to fully participate. The others know I’m not just a cop sitting there, because I have proven that my knowledge about what they’re dealing with has been validated."

If the public sector doesn’t collaborate with the private sector “with knowledge and technology, we’re doing a disservice to the public,” Monaghan said.

Applications for ASIS certification have increased greatly over the years, and one of his goals is to increase that even more, he said.

“PCB keeps up to date with advancing skillsets and provides certification that is up to date and relevant in any sector. I can certainly see the need and the desire to have professionals become more knowledgeable. To become certified requires a passion for knowledge” that is valuable for today’s workforce, he said.

Monaghan has been in law enforcement for 32 years and has been a member of the PCB since 2009, starting out on the Physical Security Professional and Certified Protection Professional committees. Since then he has chaired, been a member of and contributed to a number of other PCB committees.

He will be PCB president for the duration of 2014.

from Security Director News