As a reminder, National Police Week is upon us for 2016 and we hope you take a moment to remember the law enforcement officers (LEOs) who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. Many of you are former LEOs from a variety of agencies but one thing in common exists who serve on the thin blue line: a dedication to the profession and serving the public. LEOs in today’s world find themselves faced with increasing violence and lack of respect from segments of American society so please keep them in your thoughts as we take this week and the month of May to display our support for their mission and ask for safekeeping as they protect us as we go about our daily lives.
The Middle Tennessee Chapter 52 Board
Many of you may not have even been born when our chapter was formed by security practitioners like you who desired to have a forum to professionalize our industry. Many things have changed in our region since then and Nashville, the hub of Middle Tennessee, transformed itself into a vibrant, progressive city which attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. The demographics have changed and many people who live here are from other American cities or international locations. You can walk down the street and hear dialects from everywhere. Fortune 500 companies such as Bridgestone, Nissan and Tractor Supply established their North American headquarters in Middle Tennessee bringing employees from outside our area and with them expanded requirements from the public sector such as public safety, education and transportation. Business opportunities for the Security industry have increased with the economic boom and will continue to do so based on the estimate of 87 new citizens moving into Nashville every day and an estimate of one million new people in Davidson County by 2040. We plan to help you address and meet the challenges of an ever-evolving business environment.
Our chapter must be pro-active and work with our industry leaders to ensure we are positioned to provide the security services needed to support the growth. Our goals include recruiting young professionals to not only inherit our mission, but to provide modern ideas which we can incorporate into our message. We will continue to conduct presentations to students from various institutions of higher learning to promote the benefits of entering the security industry even at an entry level position and obtain the appropriate experience and certifications to become the leaders of tomorrow. The other end of the spectrum includes men and women retiring from private industry or public sector jobs such as law enforcement and the military. They also need ASIS to serve as an informational foundation, mentor and educational point of contact to assist them in their professional transformation. Chapter 052 will be there for the diverse components of our industry.
ASIS certifications are paramount to the success of security practitioners, and Chapter 052 wishes to be your subject matter expert when you are making your professional decision regarding which examinations to take to enhance your career. Please contact any member of our leadership team (see contact numbers under the “Leadership” link) to obtain additional information and/or review the information on the ASIS International website.
Our chapter’s primary goal is to communicate with you. We established a newsletter and are emailing current information to the entire membership. Our meetings continue to improve with tours this year at Nissan, the Titans and Jack Daniels and our annual fund raising golf tournament in May. We established scholarships for students in the Security Program and will again donate to local charities. The Herman Statum Award of Excellence will be awarded in October to a deserving Security professional. We need volunteers to help us in our endeavors and we need members to participate in the meetings. We look forward to hearing from you, discussing the continuing professionalism of our industry and meeting you in person.
Happy 55th to Chapter 052!
2016 Chapter Chair
Chapter 052 members enjoyed a chapter meeting, lunch, discussion of security issues by Security Director Jim Arts and a tour of the Titans practice facility on February 24. The chapter thanks Mr. Arts, former Chief of Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for sharing his experiences and the difficulties encountered in his efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Titans players and staff. His job is unique and the necessity to coordinate with the National Football League is complex. The attendees were able to view the practice fields, locker room and workout facilities while appreciating the mental aspects of becoming a successful pro-football player.