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​​Peggy O'Connor

ASIS 2017 Announces Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Day

Annual security event honors the individuals who make our communities and world a safer place

Alexandria, VA 2017-08-04

ASIS International, the world's largest association for security management professionals, today reaffirmed its commitment to the individuals who make our communities and world a safer place with the announcement of the Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Day, taking place on Wednesday, September 27 during the 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017) in Dallas, TX. This program will focus on preparing law enforcement, military personnel and first responders for dealing with some of the most pressing challenges today, including sessions focused on active shooters, radical extremist attacks, workplace violence, investigations, surveillance and more.

As a thank you for their service, all active-duty law enforcement, military and first responders get FREE all-access admission to everything taking place at ASIS 2017 on Wednesday, including all sessions offered that day—in the classrooms and on the show floor. Headlining the day is the Wednesday keynote session, "Global Responses to Global Threats," moderated by Bonnie Michelman, CPP, Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital.

This panel will allow attendees to hear firsthand from the Boston Marathon bombing investigative leads, retired FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers and Former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis, about the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers and the true meaning of #BostonStrong. Plus, City of London Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Barnard will provide perspectives on the recent bombing in Manchester.

"Our nation's civilian and military law enforcement leaders and officers are our citizens' frontline defenders against crime and terrorism.” said James T. Roberts, Jr., President of Starboard Focus Continuity Planners and Chair of the ASIS International Law Enforcement Liaison Council. “In partnership with those professionals, ASIS 2017 opens the door to multi-level security education, international accreditation, focused networking and future career development opportunities. We provide them with the latest in crime fighting technology that will effectively fit any scenario, no matter how complex."

"The brave men and women serving their nations' militaries know all too well the value of comprehensive and rigorous security planning and execution," said Colonel Michael J Allshouse, USAF (Ret), CPP and Co-Chair of ASIS International's Military Liaison Council. "ASIS 2017 can help build upon the existing expertise of these service members and offer accessible avenues for sharing information, enhancing security competency, and advancing their careers."

Some of the ASIS 2017 sessions taking place on Wednesday include:

  • Security in High Risk Locales, presented by Leland Dean, CPP, Vice President, Regional Security Manager for Southwest U.S. and Latin America, Bank of New York Mellon; Scott Ruddick, Director, Global Security, MEDA
  • Transitioning from Military to Civilian Employment? Hear a Few Tips, presented by David Bareno, CPP, Corporate Security Director, Westate Resorts; Joseph McDonald, CPP, PSP, Chief Security Officer, Switch; Marc Nilsen, First Vice President and Wealth Management Financial Planning Specialist, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Henri (Hank) Nolin, CPP, President, Sun Security, Inc.; Erin Parks, CPP, Head of Security, Sterling Bay

In addition to educational opportunities, law enforcement, military and first responders have access to the exhibit floor, featuring thousands of security products and services, as well as the Career Center and headshot lounge, Impact Learning Theaters, the International Trade Center and countless networking opportunities with cyber and physical security experts from around the globe. This includes access to both the OSPAs Luncheon  and the President's Reception at AT&T Stadium .

For more information or to register for this special day, click here.

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About ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits

For more than six decades, ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits has been the premier event for security professionals worldwide, providing industry-leading education, countless business connections, and the latest security solutions.

Attendance at the Annual Seminar directly supports scholarship programs and the development of education, certification, and standards and guidelines year 'round. ASIS remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed, personally and professionally. For more information about ASIS 2017, visit

About ASIS International

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets.  Learn more about the work we do at