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Certification Spotlight- Dominic D. Yin, CPP

01 April 2012

The safety and security of the 30,000 full and part-time employees, more than 17,000 vendors, and tens of millions of
domestic and international travelers who pass through San Francisco International Airport (SFO) annually are the top priorities for ASIS member Dominic D. Yin, CPP. A lieutenant in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), Yin is assigned to the Airport Bureau as a patrol division platoon commander.

He began his career in law enforcement with the SFPD 16 years ago after attending law school at the UCLA School of Law, then working with the U.S. Attorney’s office and for a U.S. District Court judge. Following an initial, two-year stint as the department attorney, Yin went on to work as a Vice Crimes Officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), FTO sergeant, and FTO station coordinator. For Yin, who oversees approximately 50 personnel, terrorism poses his greatest professional challenge. “It is a massive threat. Incidents are increasing worldwide,” said Yin. “As the world economy becomes more complex and interwoven, security professionals need to manage all aspects of security.”

Security management for Yin seemed like a natural extension from his duties as a law officer. He began consulting with various security groups several years ago. This work was the impetus for his pursuit of ASIS board certification.

“I knew that the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation was important when communicating with my civilian counterparts,” said Yin. “Law enforcement and security management are changing and each sector needs to understand the other. Being able to understand and effectively liaison with my civilian counterpart is priceless.”

Yin, who earned his CPP in September 2011, firmly believes the credential provides confidence and ensures that practitioners are on the cutting edge of security management. “I wanted to immerse myself into the syntax, rhythm, and culture of security management,” stated Yin. A member of ASIS for several years, Yin believes that networking and interaction with fellow members has strengthened and advanced his career. For example, he was recently invited to visit the Philippines and speak to a group of CPPs.