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NCISS The eAdvocate
September / October 2016
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President's Message

Dear Members and Colleagues:
This is a good time to remind our members that you will begin receiving dues renewal notices by mail and email. If you joined NCISS after June 2015, your dues are on your anniversary date. If you joined prior to June 2015, your dues are by December 31st. This change is due to the switch to MemberClicks association management software. This switch has many benefits, specific to joining and dues - it provides a secure means to pay online. This message will not be spam or subject to hacking; however, if you are uncertain or have any questions - please contact myself, our Executive Director Carol Ward, or your Regional Director.
NCISS is now on social media - be sure and visit and join the pages, share the news and encourage others. NCISS will also join and follow your pages.
Facebook - (please note the period between NCISS and Association)
Twitter - @nciss_assoc (please note the underscore between NCISS and Association)
The NCISS Store is now open! Hosted by Bronze Sponsor EmbroidMe of Davenport IA. Members are be able to shop for NCISS branded apparel everyday 24-7. Each garment will be embroidered with the NCISS Logo on the left chest.  The embroidery charge is included in the prices shown. Custom embroidery, including your custom agency or association logo placed on any of the garments. Every purchase supports NCISS!
Finally, a few important items since my last report. First, I want to thank our Vendors and Sponsors renewing their support of NCISS this year - Mechanic Group (Diamond), PI Magazine (Gold), Yergey Insurance (Bronze), EmbroidMe (Bronze) and Supporters Office Depot, IRB Focus, and PI Now.  We also welcome Tracers Info (Diamond Sponsor) and ParcelDocs (Supporter). Please visit each and show our support and appreciation. Each of these offer unique benefits and cost savings to NCISS members - that pay more than your dues many times all year.

Be sure and frequently visit the NCISS website - - for the latest news, alerts and benefits. You are not just a member. You are a supporter of NCISS and our profession. We are working together to protect you and our professions! 

Thank you for your NCISS membership and support!
Honored to serve you,

Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI 
(970) 691-0813 cell - Associates in Forensic Investigations
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Do you want to be featured on the NCISS Facebook page?  Please privately email the following (in this order and format to be copied and pasted):
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- Your agency name, city and state
- Your key areas of specialties and services
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Categories of Membership and Dues
Help grow your Voice in Washington
renew your NCISS membership and refer a friend... 
Increase NCISS Membership and Make a Donation Today!
When renewing, please consider a donation to the NCISS Legislative Fund or NCISS PAC. 
The following are the current categories of membership: 
  • Regular Member: $175 -- includes the NCISS Legislative Fund and receives all rights and privileges of membership.
  • Affiliate Member: $175 -- Investigative & Security employees of government agencies, law firms, insurance firms or related business.
  • Associate Member: $75 -- Unlicensed employee of a Regular Member agency.
NCISS also has memberships for Associations and Services. 

Contact your Regional Director if you have any questions or need assistance.  Membership and dues information are also at

The National Voice of the Investigative & Security Professions
As a member of NCISS, you know the importance of the NCISS mission - please share this with your colleagues and encourage them to be part of the NCISS mission.  A $25 discount is available for new first-time members.  Please contact your Regional Director for details. 
Legislative News
Drone Rule Released
The following is an alert from the NCISS Legislative Committee and LobbyIt. This full NCISS Regulatory Alert is available at
On June 21, 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released their final rule on the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV - or "drones"), covering a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds.
Addressed in the rules are: Drone operators, Waivers, Pilot Certification, UAS Certification, Respecting Privacy, and Other Requirements.
New FAA Drone Rule - Aeronautical Knowledge Test
The following is an alert from the NCISS Legislative Committee and LobbyIt. This full NCISS Regulatory Alert is available at
Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective 08/29/2016. One very important step users have to take is to obtain your remote pilot certificate. Under the new rule-also known as Part 107-the person actually flying a drone must have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate.
Monthly Report from Lobbyit for August
The following is a monthly activity report from the NCISS Legislative Committee and LobbyIt. This full NCISS Legislative Report is available at
August was the quietest month Lobbyit has seen in DC in recent memory. With the departure of both parties or their respective conventions in mid-July, the city practically emptied, guaranteeing shorter commutes, less lines, and dinner reservations on a moment's notice.
Despite this pronounced lull, Lobbyit continued to engage with important offices to press our agenda items and ensure that staff was fully conversant with our issues and positions. In particular, Lobbyit met with House Financial Services Committee staff and House Judiciary to discuss HR 5282, The Comprehensive Consumer Credit Reporting Reform Act of 2016 (Waters, D-CA-43).
The Comprehensive Consumer Credit Reporting Reform Act of 2016
While the bill appears to focus primarily on the responsibilities of credit reporting agencies, sharp-eyed NCISS members (big thanks to Ed McClain) identified a number of provisions of significant concern to private investigators (PI) and security services. -- continued at full report.
News from Our Members
World Investigators Conference / TALI
Sponsored by PI Magazine (Gold Sponsor) and association member Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, WIC was a great success for attendees with exceptional speakers and vendors.  NCISS had over half of the speakers with 23 giving presentations!

The booth was manned by 1st VP Terry Myer and President Dean Beers, and wives Amelia and Karen, and also Secretary Francie Koehler and Regional Director Mark Gillespie chipping in.  It was busy and 20 new members were welcomed!

While at WIC, NCISS President Dean Beers was interviewed by NCISS member and booth supporter, Self Defense Fund, about the role and importance of NCISS to the investigative & security professions.

A special thanks to the following members supporting NCISS at WIC with sponsorships:
Dean and Karen Beers Associates in Forensic Investigations
Andrea and Robert Orozco Advanced Professional Investigations
Larry Keilberg Self Defense Fund
Gene Ferraro Forensic Pathways
Tim Braatz Atlas Investigations
Don Johnson Trace Investigations
Ed Martin Sage Investigations
Lisa Edrich Bobcat Investigations
Brandy Lord Integrity Investigations
Tony Quintana On Q Professional Investigations
Robert Rice Sargent Insurance
Candace Ivey Brooks Investigations, LLC
Cici Williams Cici Investigations, LLC
Bob Wigley Distinctive Investigations, LLC
John Kitchens Case Forensics Corporation
Michael Cook Signature Investigations Group
Jay Marin Specialized Investigations Consultants

Region 4 (Larry Flannery)
At the recent Florida Association of Private Investigators conference (FAPI) Larry and NCISS member Bob Dunn received applications from four new members - look for the listserv announcement soon!

Mike Yergey (Bronze Sponsor - Yergey Insurance) photobombed member Bob Dunn and Regional Director Larry Flannery

Region 5 (Andrea Orozco 
There are also at least ten new members being processed - look for the listserv announcement soon!

At the recent Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) conference and Awards Banquet, NCISS member and PPIAC President Steve Davis was awarded the Investigator of the Year Award and NCISS member Ellis Armistead, CLI was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Congratulations!

NCISS member Jennifer Brown_ JD_ CLI presents the PPIAC Lifetime Achievement Award to NCISS member Ellis Armistead_ CLI
NCISS member Jennifer Brown, JD, CLI presents the PPIAC Lifetime Achievement Award to NCISS member Ellis Armistead, CLI

PPIAC President and NCISS member Ryan Johnston presents the PPIAC Investigator of the Year Award to NCISS member and PPIAC Board Chairman Steve Davis

Also from Region 5, NCISS member Rich Robertson was h onored to be recognized by the Arizona Newspaper Association for the public records battle I and my investigations firm fought for 2 1/2 years with the Pima County Attorney. He won that fight (led by First Amendment attorney Dan Barr), and in the process, created case law in Arizona in support of public access to government records. The newspaper association supports open government, not only for the news media, but for all citizens. This award to someone outside of the news media encourages everyone to join the fight for public records. Congratulations!

Per Mar celebratied Brad Duffy's five year anniversary at Per Mar Security Services today. Congratulations and thank you for your leadership! Brad is
NCISS 2nd VP and Per Mar VP of Physical Security

How to Practice Ethics by NCISS Past President Gene Ferraro 
Ethics is the sum of the moral principles that help govern our behavior. Ethics allow us to distinguish between good and evil, between right and wrong. Ethics allow us to recognize virtue in ourselves, and in others.

Bill Zalud, recipient of the 1990 Duffy Award, passes
"Bill Zalud, Editor Emeritus of Security magazine, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016. The entire SDM and Security magazine family greatly mourns his loss.
Bill served as the Editor of both Security magazine and SDM magazine throughout his tenure, starting in 1987, and he spent more than three decades covering and shaping the security industry. In recent years, he continued to research industry trends, write insightful articles and columns, and give help and guidance as our Editor Emeritus."
-- (c) BNP Media and SDM Magazine
New Members!
Barry Dunn Barry Dunn Advisory Group, LLC
Amy Halbrook Halbrook Investigations
Brian Ingram Consulting Investigation Services
Thomas Jagielski Peel & Associates Research Group, Inc.
Randy Kildow Randy Kildow Investigations
John Lawyer Greenvets, LLC
Robert Leimer Texas Star Investigations
Katherine Mayer Mayer Consulting Solutions, LLC
Jason McLendon National Protective Services
Carolyn Porter PI Services
Margarett Vozar Vozar & Associates, PLLC
Robert Washington Noteboom The Law Firm
Sheila Wysocki Without Warning Private Investigations
Craig Thighe 5280 Tactical Solutions, LLC
Sabine Hilten LAWGRRL, LLC
Richard Gregory Sovereign Protection & Investigation, Inc.
Travis Tettleton TRT Defense
William Foster The Gryphon Investigative Agency, LLC
Association News and Conferences
ASIS Training presented by NCISS Past President Gene Ferraro
Principles of Investigation and Interrogation
October 17th-19th

Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention
October 20th

Both will be held at the Renaissance Long Beach, Long Beach CA
Details at

Private Investigation and Security Professionals of West Virginia Bi-Annual Training Conference October 14-15, 2016
The West Virginia Association for Private Investigator and Security Professionals of West Virginia is having their bi-annual training conference. It will be two days at WVU-Jacksons Mill Conference Center located in Weston, West Virginia. Please visit our website at for more information and registration information.
Lisa Turley, Secretary - PISPWV

Alabama Private Investigators Association  
October 12th and 13th in Montgomery AL
APIA 2016 Conference DATES: 10-12-2016 & 10-13-2016 
Private Investigators Association of Utah
October 14th - contact Michelle Palmer for registration and details - 

National Council of Investigation & Security Services 
October 24 - Las Vegas, NV - The D Hotel - Mid-Term Meeting

North Carolina Association of Private Investigators (NCAPI)
November 1st to 3rd Durham, NC  

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Vendors and Sponsors of NCISS
Benefits for you, fitting your needs
NCISS has launched a new Vendors and Sponsors Program to bring you expanded benefits as a member of NCISS. The latest member benefits can be found at  

We welcome the following Vendors & Sponsors:


Contact for details to join the new Vendors and Sponsors Program as a Diamond, Gold, Silver or Bronze level supporter of NCISS and members.

All NCISS members receive a discount from Office Depot / Office Max.  Savings on copies and printing are significant (up to 80%) and a portion is donated to NCISS. ($180 of color and black & white printing became $30!)
NCISS Apparel Store - Now Open!
NCISS now has a stand-alone store with one of our Vendors & Sponsors, EmbroidMe of Davenport IA

The store is now open at!

NCISS will benefit with a percentage of sales for the NCISS Legislative Fund.

The store will allow you to purchase seasonal apparel with one of two NCISS logos, as well as your own investigative agency or security firm logo, and your state association (as well as other professional associations). All logos can include custom text embroidery. Text with NCISS logos are limited to the member name, their agency, and NCISS position. State (or other acceptable) association logos and accompanying test must be approved by the state or other association. Details will be available on the store website.
Customized apparel is a way to promote your agency and our professions. Be sure and support NCISS and our Vendors & Sponsors.
Your Membership, Your Voice ...
Refer a colleague to save $25 on their First Year Dues ! 

The National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc., is a cooperative effort of those companies and associations responsible for providing private security and investigation services to the legal profession, business community, government and the public.  


It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.

Executive Council
Dean Beers

1st Vice President
Terry Myer, Sr.

2nd Vice President
Brad Duffy

3rd Vice President
Dean Gluth

Francie Koehler

Bill Fletcher

James Huckabee

Executive Director
Carol Ward

Region 1 
Tony Quintana

Region 2
Candace Ivey

Region 3
Larry Flannery

Region 4
Mark Gillespie

Region 5
Andrea Orozco

Region 6
Dana Griffith

Members at Large
Jerry Pitman
Audra Coleman
Jim Casteel
Chuck McLaughlin