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ASIS News December 2015

​ASIS Certifications Gain College Credit

ASIS International announced that the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for its three board certifications–Certified Protection Professional® (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator® (PCI), and Physical Security Professional® (PSP). ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

“This is an important milestone that effectively bridges the gap between nontraditional adult learning and a career path for those who have attained or are pursuing ASIS certifications,” says ASIS Professional Certification Board President Keith L. Kambic, CPP. “An evaluation and recommendation of ASIS exams for college credit provides a reliable and appropriate means for comparisons of competencies as they relate to respective degree programs.  In addition, certificants may shorten their path to degree completion and have more opportunities for workplace advancement.”​


The ASIS Foundation has bestowed two major awards.

Simeone. First, the Foundation and the ASIS International Law Enforcement Liaison Council have selected the Business Against Theft Network (BATNET) to receive the 2015 Matthew Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership (P3) Excellence. BATNET was established in 1996 by the San Antonio Police Department and the San Antonio Chapter of ASIS. 

Originally formed to focus on shoplifting and internal theft problems, BATNET has expanded to include a range of business-related crimes, including robberies, frauds and scams, hot checks, embezzlement, and property loss. This free program provides a forum for participants to network with others who share similar interests and concerns, express business crime prevention needs, and improve liaison with the county district attorney’s office.

The award commemorates Matthew Simeone, who was a distinguished 24-year member of the Nassau County (New York) Police Department. 

ASIS President Dave N. Tyson, CPP, presented the award during the Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Day Luncheon at the ASIS 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California.

Walsh. The winner of the 2015 Timothy J. Walsh APC I Award is Richard R. Strickler, a member of the ASIS Southwest Ontario Chapter. This award paid the tuition, transportation, and hotel costs for Strickler to attend Assets Protection Course I. Strickler is employed by Commissionaires of the Great Lakes, a private security firm, in their office in London, Ontario, Canada. He joined ASIS in 2014 and currently serves as the chapter secretary.

Introduced in 2004, the award honors long-time ASIS member Timothy Walsh, CPP, who was instrumental in the development of ASIS through the years, serving as president from 1964 to 1965.​


During his year-long ASIS presidency, Dave N. Tyson, CPP, has had the opportunity to reflect on the exceptional volunteer efforts of numerous members. He has selected four to receive the 2015 President’s Award of Merit.

Dr. Ona Ekhomu, CPP, has been recognized for his longtime service to ASIS through his participation on the Society’s behalf in Nigeria. In bestowing this award, Tyson recognized Ekhomu’s enthusiasm for the organization and his encouragement of members and potential members. His efforts have resulted in a significant growth of ASIS member engagement in Nigeria. Ekuomu is president of Trans-World Security Services based in Chicago. He is a member of the Lagos, Nigeria Chapter.

Lawrence Fennelly has encouraged and mentored security professionals to become writers and authors, especially women and young professionals. These efforts over the years, as well as his own publications, have positively affected the Security Body of Knowledge. Tyson especially lauded his work toward establishing an Annual Security Book of the Year Award, which was awarded for a second time earlier this year. 

Fennelly is president and security consultant with Litigation Consultants, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Boston Chapter.

James Princehorn, CPP, has led the ASIS Awards Committee for more than a decade. During that time, he has created policies and procedures that have provided the environment in which the best and brightest members and chapters are recognized year after year for their achievements and services to ASIS.

A member of the Rochester Chapter, Princehorn is a senior security advisor in Rush, New York.

Charles Sennewald, CPP, received this award with congratulations on a career of contributions to the Security Body of Knowledge. Tyson especially recognized his prolific writings and countless presentations at ASIS and other industry events. His book, Security Consulting, now in its fourth edition, is generally recognized as a classic in the profession.

A member of the San Diego Chapter, Sennewald resides in Escondido, California.