Friday, November 16, 2018

Priority #1 - Active Shooter Plans For Your Complex And Buildings Operational 9 A.M. Monday Morning, If Not Sooner!

Priority #1
Active Shooter Plans For Your Complex And Buildings Operational 9 A.M. Monday Morning!

The security of places of employment, entertainment and public gathering, which includes anything for a hospital to a casino, must have secure response plans in place.  If not, the liability is beyond believed in economic and social responsibility.

The shooting in Las Vegas is another reminder of what is waiting to happen and will!  We repeat our information regarding other incidents recently.

News Report:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooting-at-least-20-dead-more-than-100-injured-in-massacre-near-mandalay-bay-casino-1-suspect-down.html

We must be proactive and prepared!

The nightclub killings, the fired employee/client who his so pissed they resort to an attack with a gun.

Do not brush off the attack on the Shopping Mall in Kenya, Africa as a world apart from where you are!  Naivety Kills!

The Washington killings of were but one gunman on a Naval facility that did not allow trained personnel to carry their weapons.  This Mall, like all large malls in Africa and Asia, has armed guards and the terrorists and nutcases know it.

What was thought could happen went down in upper scale Mall in Kenya and the words of the Somalian terrorist group al-Shabaab, which has links to Al-Qaeda, has now claimed responsibility for the attack were clear, “Muslims leave, Non-Muslim we are killing you”.

The message is clear and is ringing out loudly around the world, reactivity still kills, proactivity saves lives.  

It is about preparedness to the ninth degree and beyond.  There is no more pussyfooting around regarding people who hate you and wish you dead!

All western Malls, public places such as stadiums, concert halls and places of gathering always have been vulnerable, but we brushed it to one side and believed a security checkpoint or handbag search would suffice.  

Just like 9/11, our airports had National Guard stationed everywhere to protect the public.  Wrong, it was just a show that would appease the public, the guardsmen never were given bullets for their weapons!

Now, not tomorrow or next week, but now, we must prepare for all eventualities and trust no one!

LENSS the communications solution beyond anything you have heard of, seen or encountered. 

The solution is there for your preparedness plans and staff to advise and assist in your implementation of such needed plans and will evaluate the risks, answers and full preparedness operational requirements.  We cannot do it all, be we are able to provide the building blocks for you to take the steps.  Communications in the palm of the hand are first, all within thirty seconds of issuing a BOLO to staff within and the law enforcement and emergency response.  It far more than that which cannot be explained here.

Our job is to Reduce the Fear Factor and Increase the Comfort Zone and have been operational worldwide with expertise from all situations since the 1960’s.

Please, Please Do NOT Do Nothing!  
Be aware that there is no time to put this on the back burner.  As I stated last week on the Blog:

So, someone knew something did they not?

If you have concerns about someone, you need to respond to management within your company immediately or if it is a family member, discuss and take action for the safety of others.

What will be the next incident that will be splashed across newspaper headlines and television screens?

Guess what?

We did nothing and it is Déjà vu, all over again…


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Heavy Mental Jacket...



Heavy Mental Jacket... 
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO CommSmart Global Group



Someone Knew Something & Did Nothing!

President Trump states that the government will be looking after our war heroes the way they should always be treated. 

The issues are many, varied and many die each day at their own hands.  They feel lost forgotten and as if they are not respected.  They are!

Mental health is a major part of the concerns.

Yesterday it was a sword, tomorrow whatever is at hand to end a life will be used. 

Will you call to ban those items too?


Discussions on such diverse subjects as gun control and mental illness do go hand in hand.  It is the assumption that banning something will make it be removed from the face of the earth and never cause a problem again.  


Wrong!

Allowing someone who is mentally diminished to own, use or play with a gun is more than foolish.  The VA (Veterans Administration bans veterans of diminished responsibility to own or have access to a gun, in fact, they cannot own new property either, that, though, is another story.

Look back at prohibition and what happened with alcohol availability and consumption.  Booze was still available and consumed by the gallon, as it was the "forbidden fruit", so to speak.

300 million + guns are owned and available in the USA, 18,000 people committed suicide with a firearm as the ultimate silencer, 8,000 people were murdered by someone using a gun as the instrument of death.  

A lot of guns and a lot of information, which statistically proves what?  Guns are out there and no matter what, people will use them.  If they were banned, people would still have died by some other means or method.

Mental health laws are also being called over the coals as well, anti-social behavior is not listed as a treatable disorder.  

Sadly, if we look on the streets of "Any Town, USA", you will find individuals who are homeless and live wherever they can sleep and store their stuff safely.  

Shelters are full to the brim and many try to assist these people.  Shelters are far from safe and are a major part of the problem.  Some are run by ex-criminals and drug dealers, who, take advantage of the social down and outs.  The fox is in charge of the hen house and this is accepted by local city councils and law enforcement.


Most homeless do not want your help in any way, shape or form.  The comprehension of their actions and living standards are lost on them.  They know not what they do and how it is affecting us all.

The straight jack of a ban will not work on guns.  The recognizing of mental health issues as a major problem that needs solving is a priority.  Which will receive the most attention?

Watch your headlines, listen to the commentators and see politicians flip/flop on the subject of guns.  No disrespect, but Former President Obama stated he will do all in the power of his office to make a change in the event of the school killings. Extreme well-chosen words that were and are empty in the ability for him and his former office to make a change.  It is Washington politicians that have the ultimate control of what happens in this nation, not a President.  Even we, do not count!

President Trump is a Second Amendment Supporter and will be looking for gun laws in his administration.

Individuals who come across as weirdos and strange to society are people to be concerned about.  Why do we not voice our concerns about these people? 

Simple, if the person has not broken any laws, there is nothing that can be done. It is not illegal to stand in a corner and stare at people or talk to one's self.  

Wackos are among us and we only see some of them for a few seconds and make our judgment.  Family members, co-workers, and neighbors see even more and it is their concern that needs reporting, if they feel vulnerable, then the action is required.

Gossip is part of this problem, social media is a sad section of today's society and fuels the other side of the problem.  Miss-statements, rumors, and pure wrong information make this situation even worse. Followed by the media grasping at all information being stated, airing it before it has been confirmed and adding to the confusion.

It is the time to stand firm and help us all in regard to strange individuals in the workplace, on the streets and even in our own homes.  

You may not be around to regret your missed action and only others will talk about what you should have done and why you ignored the facts.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

What Is It About Fridays?

What Is It About Fridays?

Well, this Friday:

  • US Election is over, or is it?
  • North Korea is still an issue
  • British Government cannot leave the EU
  • People are being stabbed all over the globe
  • UK policing is non-existent
  • Trump haters are breeding like rabbits, but then we eat rabbits!

Do you feel it, experience it?  Is it a mass change in attitude on the sixth day of the week?

Is it like a wind-down day when nothing really gets done?  

Or are you, like me, treat this day as an extra effort day?

Is it more relaxed or does the adrenalin pump for the freedom from work for Saturday and Sunday?  In fact, the weekend exposes more physical energy being released on personal projects than you realize.  No wonder Monday mornings are the reversal of Fridays.

What is the atmosphere this Friday?  Do the news and talking points of society dominate the workspace? Maybe not, our minds are on the clock for it to tick faster and get the hell out of Dodge!

Right?

Where are your mind and opinions today?

Has this been a week of negativity and concern?  Is it time to gather the family and discuss the issue of our social demise?

Life this weekend is not the same as last is it?

Do some thinking, it will change your life!

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Hunters, Farmers Within Your Corporate Sales Culture…



Hunters, Farmers Within Your Corporate Sales Culture…
Nicholas Ashton, CommSmart Global Group


I remember asking my father-in-law, who was a farmer in Norfolk, England, if, I could help him on the land, his reply tells you more about farmers than you think you know.  He replied, “We have special stuff for that”!

Farmers spend more time fretting in the details, worrying about the weather patterns, making shrewd decisive selections regarding seeds and breeding and working firm and fervently to avoid a dismal crop.

Clearly, farming is completely different from the activity of hunting. Hunters have long periods of distraction interrupted by brief moments of frantic panic.

Why are we talking Hunters and Farmers?  

Simple, this is new times, although growing unsociable, it is the reality of daily life.  It is all about the cultural cycle which decides how corporations attain success or failure.

When it comes to sales, isn't the foremost principles for a successful salesperson their personality?  This comes from the general feeling that to be good at sales, you either have "it" or you do not. The truth is, successful sales are not all about personality (experience, skills, subject matter knowledge, adaptability, and process also play important roles) but it is a causative influence.

So we ask, are you a Hunter or a Farmer?

  • The Hunter is a person who gleans their sales energy off of the “hunt” for the new opportunity. They are often consultative salespeople who characteristically find and assess an opportunity (even when there doesn’t appear to be one) within a prospect, and find a solution within your offering that meets the specific need.
They are networkers and completely independent. They generate buzz and excitement. Truthfully, they are not always upright at the follow-through and focus.

  • The Farmer is the salesperson who shapes and nurtures relationships and opportunities, typically within current accounts. Farmers are the salespeople who turn a customer from good to great by the nature of their relationship and loyalty they advance from their labors. They nurture, collaborate with true team connections and are deemed team players. Sadly, they are not always decent at prospecting new clients.
As the owner of a company, you remember when you moved forward with your corporate ideas, the excitement of the possibilities of success.  The decisions of who you hired were not as clear as it should have been back then or even today.  The immediacy for getting the show on the road clouds our choices of who we hire.

Now, down the road with experience under your belt, you are too close to the internal and external daily format of the business.  It is not the same as your inceptive planning.  Sales are the engine of your company and just like a beehive, production of the honey is the total goal and remembering you must look after the leadership and the workers.

Increasing your company’s sales performance (growth) is unfortunately not just a matter of finding the right salespersons(s) or sales managers!

Great sales teams work and live in a total environment which enables them to continuously perform well above average.

Such an environment is different for every single company and is a made up from what that company produces, how it is organized, its culture and leadership, it is the internal communications, the logistics of it all.

It is all about the following: 
  • Consultancy time to define the full details of the current situation at your company;
  • Assessment tools to evaluate the existing sales and marketing organization, if any;
  • Talent acquisition services needed for the selection and evaluation of new sales professionals to enhance the sales operations, if any;
  • Training services needed to bring the existing sales team up to the necessary level of performance if any;
  • Coaching tools and/or programs to support the sales team during the follow-up phase.

Importantly, it is all about you and the commitment to the desired results.  It is vital to be a top-down commitment, but also the necessity to view from the bottom up as well.

Do not let this scare you!  

So if you are in doubt about your own company and are a Small, Medium Enterprise (SME), you are the owner, CEO or Board Member, you have nothing to lose in stepping back and doing some real thinking!

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

From the Shadows of Fading Blue, The Hurt Is On Both Sides




Foresight - From the Shadows of Fading Blue,
The Hurt Is On Both Sides, Regarding Mental Health
Nicholas Ashton, Strategic Development, Perceptive Intelligence 

If you believe that it is the people and the police who are at loggerheads, you are right but also wrong!

Sir Robert Peel, the father of policing in 1829 set the standards with his Nine Peelian Principles, which stand firm today. Most law enforcement personnel has never heard of Peel, let alone his principles.

I certainly have and so does Commissioner Bill Bratton.  Ask him, Google his opinion on Peel.  You will be shocked and join in our opinions wholeheartedly.

The Public are the Police and Police are the People’.  You put your pants on the same way every single day, so never forget that you are the public also.

Attitudes right now are running in the wrong direction and need to be reeled back into the reality of social standards.  I know, you think that is hogwash and it is not your job to be a shrink, divorce lawyer, mentor, and parent.  It is, as you have all the same problems and traits as the public, which you are part of.

Sadly, over the decades in your lifetime, no matter how long or short it is, attitudes have changed.  Respect and Trust in employment and on the streets is not a manner of bullying until they get the message and do it your inner social way.

We have all met those management types who attempt to dominate you in a manner that you know is wrong.  You say nothing but ‘Yes Sir, Three Bags Full, Sir’, stop doing it!  It is not your place or theirs to get you to do your job by intimidation. You are sadly taking it back to the street with the wrong attitude and there lies the problem!

Racism is used every single moment a police officer interviews or arrests someone who is a different color or ethnicity.  I did not see in any crime rulebook that color is every mentioned.  It is about criminals and criminality.  Remember that the next time you put hands on a suspect.  Not just for you to understand, it is the other public, too!

Come on, we are all racists on all sides, it is in our DNA, but the law books have no color, religion, class or creed listed.

125 years of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, it is a different day from the first ever meeting and forming the association.  Let us reflect and see if we have really improved life, that is your decision to make.  You know we can all do better, and we should.

These next days we shall rub shoulders with police officers from around the globe, converse, share and most of all, think of how the actions of us all can bring us back to Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles.

Nicholas Ashton





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Monday, September 24, 2018

We Are Not IBM or a Data Silo...


So Why Are You So Resistant To Change 
and Not Listening To The Solutions?


I was on the telephone yesterday to Great Britain, talking to a street level officer in the British Police.  The subject matter was the same old same old, resources and how police management is chasing their own tails, wasting efforts and accomplishing limited results at great expense monetarily and letting the public down.  After all, the public is your client and you must protect and serve.

Why is there such a resistance in the getting it right the first time? Fixing the problem a second and third time costs you even more money, additional wasted time and frustration coming out of the ying-yang.

Preceptive Intelligence is not asking you to spend millions and millions on developing a new principle of law enforcement strategy, we have already accomplished this proven solution to the problem. 


We are not IBM or some sort of computer data silo that just understands numbers and data flow.  We are a down to earth, a street-level company who have a majority of law enforcement individuals at the heart of the company.  The knowledge of the crime-ridden streets, from pounding the sidewalks, challenging the criminal and seeing for ourselves the illogical methods we are still using.  Developing our crime analytical solutions, tracking, calls for service data and next event predictability has taken twenty years. 

Today, we are second to none in crime-fighting solutions, passionate in the success and cost-effective as a solution.  In other words, you can afford the investment!
 
Perceptive Intelligence has gone down that route and used our own monies, expertise and created a service being used today by over 500 agencies, other countries outside of the USA and as a sole source provider under contract with the Department of Defense (DoD), making a vital difference in saving thousands of lives in the war on terror.  


It seems managerial logic has been locked away in the deepest prison cell as it is not willing in the understanding of the benefits of a constructive crime-fighting solution.  It is about management of limited resources and not chasing your own tail and disappearing within.  Productive results for you and the people you protect and serve

I know, some of you hear the words computers and analytics and you head for the door, saying that is not what policing is all about.  Yes, it is!  We have made it so simple, I do not care what your expertise is with a keyboard.  It is down to earth logic and it will be your criminal analysts that will set up the main system, but even that has been made easy.

Why am I saying it this way?  Simple, through research initiative, we looked back and found this comments from the U.S. Department of Justice, a document on Perspectives on Policing. 

Twenty years ago, January 1993 Issue 14 states:

Many American police departments feel themselves to be slowly drowning in a rising tide of serious crime and calls for service. Over the last decade, department workloads have risen steadily while their resources have stayed constant or often I declined.' Police executives generally have responded by striving to enhance the efficiency of police operations and focus police resources on only the more serious calls.
Computer-aided dispatching and other information systems have been employed to make the most of the patrol force, and many departments no longer respond at all to nuisance calls or provide services like escorts and house checks that the public once took for granted.

Nonetheless, police in many cities find themselves more and more pressed, a problem recently greatly exacerbated--even in smaller communities-by unprecedented increases in drugs and violence.

It is thus understandable that many departments find calls for community policing unrealistic. As most police-and most mayors-understand the concept, community policing means taking on difficult new responsibilities, like fighting fear and solving community problems, using fresh tactics like foot patrol and community organizing. What room could there possibly be to do new jobs when the department can scarcely do the old ones?

Mayor Bud Clark of Portland, Oregon, was a community policing enthusiast when he took office in 1985, but he saw no place for the new strategy in what both he and the police agreed was a short-handed, overworked department. "Community-oriented policing means less relying on heavy-handed law enforcement and more getting at root causes," said Chuck Duffy, a Clark aide. "But we recognized the fact that you can't do it well unless you have an adequate level of police officers, because you've got to do the community outreach stuff with police on top of your base of patrol officers, and we were having trouble with our base."

Such sentiments are often, and understandably, expressed by police and municipal officials. They are the sum of four widely held beliefs about contemporary policing (until recently, nearly universally held). One is that the public demand for police services, particularly for 911 rapid-response services, is largely out of police control. The second is that departmental resources are, in the main, already deployed to the best advantage, efficiently and effectively. The third is that community policing (like other new policing strategies such as problem-oriented policing) is a discretionary add-on to the core job of policing. Because it is seen as "soft," aimed more at community and public relations than at crime control, it is often delayed and resisted when crime and workloads are on the rise. 

(In other words, the real job of policing is traditional enforcement, and departments should not be distracted from that mission.) The fourth belief is that police resources, meaning police department budgets, are largely static, particularly in the current climate of fiscal constraint. The largest gains a department can hope to make, on this line of thinking, are still small-an improvement in patrol deployment here, a few extra positions there. Improvement in patrol deployment here, a few extra positions there. It is no surprise that the police find large increases in calls for service, or striking new challenges like the crack epidemic and waves of youth violence, very difficult to meet.

Increasingly, however, there is a reason to believe that none of these four beliefs is true. The concrete experience of numerous innovative police departments-including Portland, which found ways to move into community policing despite resource constraints-is proving otherwise. The police can, in fact, manage public demand and expectations for police services. They can deploy their current resources in new and improved ways.

They can use community and problem-solving policing strategies to achieve ambitious crime-control objectives. And they can find and win new resources, budgetary and otherwise, to help them do their various jobs. These are fundamental, not marginal, gains; they hold out the hope of major advances in the struggle to fight crime and improve the quality of life in troubled cities.

It is the ability to be predictive of the use of resources that we have focused on, what we call Next Event Predictability.  It is revolutionary in catching serial criminals and utilizing your restricted resources, in a manner that expands your capabilities of success.

So where do we stand?  The evidence in front of your eyes, on your weekly reports and the frustration, is abundant in your crime statistics.  Let us assist you in making the change, book a webinar, bring your management and street level officers and let’s share the information that will make a radical difference.





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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Desire or Hate – Fire or Ice? The Deep Thematic Ideas…

Desire or Hate – Fire or Ice?
The Deep Thematic Ideas…

Change brings both Fire & Ice to the forefront and is as dangerous as each other. In anger, many have stated that the hate toward someone or thing as they believe ‘you will burn in hell’.  Of course, again with hate or dislike, many have received the ‘cold shoulder’.

The meaning of words, phrases, and actions vary on which side of the fence one sits. It comes down to the communication of the subject matter.  The perfect example is the dumb advertisements for car insurance, which in most cases are purely for entertainment with a twist of remembrance.  You know Geico, Farmers, AFLAC and Progressive, all using humor for a very serious subject, insurance and the gamble for if something or someone goes wrong.

The way we are now able to communicate has dramatically changed.  The Smartphone, which as a label is a misnomer in itself, is the most powerful means of ‘touching’ with information, marketing messages and importantly, educational statements.

So, what are our desires for the ‘NOW’?  Is the world in that much trouble? 

I turn to Robert Frost and his poem, ‘Fire & Ice’.

The poem itself does not require much explanation as to the meaning of his words or phrases, due to Frost’s attentiveness on making the poem decipherable and fathomable by all.

Notwithstanding the straightforwardness of the language use, the poem transmits with its very profound thematic ideas

Fundamentally, Frost is providing observation upon two of the darkest traits of humanity: the capacity to hate, and the capacity to be consumed by lust. Of the two, he features the greater of two evils to desire, saying “From what I’ve tasted of desire / I hold with those who favor fire.”

In giving desire to the primary place in regards to the obliteration of the world, Frost is providing a commanding declaration on the subject of greed and jealousy, saying that above all else, even hatred, this is the trait of humanity that is most likely to lead to its passing.

To Frost, desire represents the utmost problem that the world faces. In light of the fact that this was written in regards to the Great War (1914-1918), this account is essentially ascribing the cause of the war to human greed and lust, in doing so providing an up-to-date and applicable warning against this conduct in the future. Following his statement upon fire and desire, Frost then features hatred with almost the same capacity to do harm as desire, saying “I think I know enough of hate / to say that for destruction ice…would suffice.”

While this diminishes the comparative standing of hatred in regards to the poem as a whole, it is still offered as having the ability to lead to the destruction of the world if it were to happen for the second time, which it did and today the concerns for a third, again providing an influential caution against this human misconception. Overall, then, the intention and meaning behind the poem is a basic desire on Frost’s part to warn, in his own style, against what he sees as the two extreme problems fronting civilization.




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