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Certification Spotlight—Garret Macrine, CPP

A former Israeli Army warfighter and physical security officer, Garret
Macr​ine, CPP, brings a high degree of knowledge, experience, and expertise in counter terrorism to his current role as an independent consultant. Author of Israeli Security Concepts, Macrine completed his master’s degree in counter terrorism and national security in 2010, just prior to returning to the United States where he established his consultancy.

Training is a major portion of the specialized services that Macrine provides to his customers. Law enforcement and security personnel routinely seek his counsel in areas of counter terror tactics, techniques, and procedures. In addition to training, Macrine continually conducts security site assessments. Budget is, according to Macrine, the greatest challenge he faces in his work, noting, “If budget is not an issue, then there is no problem.”

Executive/high-profile protection is another area of service that Macrine provides through his Miami-based consultancy. Among the most memorable moments of his career to date was the protection of a double agent who was living in the United States under political asylum from the State Department. The client, former Israeli intelligence spy Mosab Hassan Yousef, was asked to speak to a group of 300 in downtown Miami. Although a blocked hotel entryway and suspected car bomb were discovered in preparation for Yousef’s arrival, Macrine credits his team and their attentiveness to lists and protocols as the key to successfully mitigating these potential threats to his client.

Macrine joined ASIS in April of 2013 upon learning of the CPP credential. “Education and certification establish and convey credibility. Training and certifications lead to experiences, and experiences are what matter most,” said Macrine, who achieved his CPP in July of 2013. “I would highly recommend ASIS board certification to anyone in the field of physical security.”

For those preparing for their board certification examination, Macrine advises, “Read, read, read, and take the online review course.” He readily admits that the knowledge he acquired in preparation for his exam has served him well in his day-to-day work. “I like facts and formulas, which was a significant portion of my study,” notes Macrine. “My CPP has been a great asset, particularly when I conduct site assessments.”

Security is definitely not a career choice for those aspiring to a 9-5 job, says Marcrine. “You have to eat, breathe, think, and sleep security…and love it,” states Macrine. “You have to live it 24/7/365 or you will get complacent.”