Friday, December 9, 2016

Police Bullying, But Not What You Think!

Police Bullying,
But Not What You Think!
Nicholas Ashton CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

I remember going through my training in the mid nineteen sixties at the Metropolitan Police Training Center, Hendon, U.K.  

Was it discipline or pure bullying by the staff?  

We were there to be trained and whether it Sergeant Bill Bailey, Acting Sergeant “Piggy Bishop or Sergeant Williams, they were all hard as nails and gave you not one inch or leeway for understanding why you were there.

The first parade I remember well and standing to attention whilst Bailey walked behind us.  He stopped right behind me, I could feel his presence like standing too close to a fire.  He shouted these words,” I am hurting you Ashton”, to which I replied, “No Sir”.  He replied, “I should be, I am standing on your fu*king hair”!

The parade square sounded complete shock, a silent gasp of WTF!  I had the shortest hair of anyone, a close shave with a minuscule of stub above my nigh bald head.  The barber was a busy man the rest of that day and the days that followed.  Bailey had made his point at my expense and I have never forgotten it, forty plus years later.

In today’s police forces around the world, managerial/supervisory bullying is prevalent and a major cause of a depletion in staff.  Bullying cost law enforcement and corporations billions of invested dollars because of the cost to train staff.  Changing the attitude and initial induction is vitally important.

The selection process has to be as concise as can be, you are embarking on an investment in those people for the long term.  It has to be money well spent and amortized over the employed period. 

Is your management making the right decisions in the selection process?  Is it them that are making the wrong selections which cost you time, money and lost business?

Talent Acquisition is an art form and whilst you believe you are right, you could be wrong and too many times!  Plus, you have no guarantees!  

When you open your doors to us regarding Talent Acquisition, we have a success rate and a guarantee to succeed.  If not, the next hire process is on us!

We deal with people police officers, corporate leadership and with our decades of experience, we do not care what business you are in,  Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs), it is all about processes, adaptability, and proven success. 

It is not just a top-down world, it is bottom up too!

Digest what we have said and then, if you feel we can assist you, give us a call.  
You deserve to be the best for the community your service and we can help…

Telephone: +1 (330) 366.6860


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Police Box Chatter - Discernment at the Top...

Police Box Chatter
Discernment at the Top...
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group – Virtual Crime Center

The chatter of the corridors of policing power is focused on ethics and standards.  You would have thought in this morally obligated society we would not have to push, shove or cajole to stick to the standards set forth for policing of the public and police officers employed to uphold the laws of the land.


This last week policing met for their overview and awards, there was muffled twitter and open chatter that there are issues within the leadership of Britain’s policing hierarchy.

Oh my, elected commissioners, chief constables, and management not in agreement on ethics and standards, the foundation of the public’s trust is in disarray…

Are you not asking, demanding and enforcing the laws of the land on the public you serve and as individuals, part of?

If there is no consensus among elected and employed leadership?  How can we have any Trust or Respect in the job at hand by the public served?

Why are the Police Commissions of the United Kingdom so disunited?

Surely, the ethics and standards should follow the laws as they cross all boundaries, counties, cities, towns and villages, do they not?

If CommSmart Global Group was just a marketing company, we would not touch this subject with a ten-foot barge pole! 

Well, we did!

It is the understanding of the issues, the degradation of society and the lack of a cohesive leadership that has made us all as a team to show our concern and solutions that must and demanded to be addressed with revolvement.

To Bernard Rix, Editor, PolicingInsight, we stand with you, alongside you with the ability to address this major societal concern.  Policing management, especially elected Police Commissioners are not supporting police force officers, management or the public they serve and are part of!

Do not forget or ignore the strong and direct words of Sir Robert Peel:

“The Public are the Police and the Police are the People”

One of Peel’s Nine Peelian Principles of 1829, which stand firm today and can be given even more relevance with the addition of the tenth Peelian Principle, which includes Digital Policing technology and its exemplary usage over the last 21 years within North America.

As Alexandre Dumas wrote in the Three Musketeers:

“One for All, and All For One”

Those that will not adhere to the ethics and standards of policing and show this by not signing the agreement, you know the door you came in, then please exit in the same way… 

Lord Nelson, stated:

England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty

You have failed the electorate, meaning officers and public and are required to forfeit the post!

I will watch as all will…

Telephone: +1 (330) 366.6860

Copyright 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

'Tis The Season of Cyber Unwrapping - Once More Into The Breach Dear Friends, Once More! It is All About Cyber Security Stewardship!

Once More Into The Breach Dear Friends, Once More!
It is All About Cyber Security Stewardship!
by Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO, CommSmart Global Group

The Removal of the Soft Underbelly of the Information Technology Mindset is Demanded to Fight and Overpower The Harsh Cyber Criminals.

A guy called Will S. said it best and we at CommSmart Global Group bring this up-to-date for this Cyber Age:

Once more unto the Data Breach, dear friends, once more; 
Or close the wall up with our World's Hacked and Phished
In peace there’s nothing so as Privacy becomes a man, 
As modest stillness and humility; 
But when the blast of being Hacked blows in our ears, 
Then imitate the action of the tiger: 
Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the Red Tagged blood, 
Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage: 
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; 
Let it pry through the portage of the head, 
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it 
As fearfully as doth a galled rock 
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base, 
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean. 
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide; 
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit 
To his full height. On, on, you noblest Cyber Security Stewards
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proofed Cyber Security
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders, 
Have in these parts from morn till even fought, 
And sheathed their keyboards for lack of argument. 
Dishonour not your mothers, family, friends or corporation: now attest, 
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you. 
Be copy now to men of grosser blood, 
And teach them how to fight this Cyber War. And you, good yeoman, 
Whose limbs were made in Data Heaven, show us here 
The mettle of your pasture: let us swear 
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not; 
For there is none of you so mean and base, 
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes. 
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, 
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot: 
Follow your spirit; and upon this Cyber Charge
Cry ‘God for All! the World Wide Web! and Cyber Security Stewards All!'

Telephone: +1 (330) 366.6860

copyright 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Job Title Does Not Mean You Understand Or Are Suitable For A Leadership Role.

Job Title Does Not Mean You Understand
Or Are Suitable For A Leadership Role.
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group – Virtual Crime Center

Over and over again individuals are promoted beyond their means of understanding of management.  The hard skill set is always easy enough to train people on, but not as robotic machines, humans are not machines!

Just like a Formula 1 engine or a total sports team, it is all about the components and how they interact that is the key.
Look at this last F1 season and how the battle between Mercedes drivers on all levels played out.  Premiere British Football teams and their managers/coaches are integral in their areas of expertise, defense, goalkeeping, strikers, defenders and even the medical staff.

Within law enforcement, there are even more elements, as you are the protectors and serve as part of society.  You are the public as well, you reside within, educate your children, shop and share entertainment venues with all.  You serve and are not elitists or special in any way because you wear a uniform or badge.

That though is not the same real view from a portion of the community, you have become the target for government unrest or more to the point the target for any type of gripe the public may have.  Violent attacks globally have and are increasing daily.

You may ask why we have the police force.  To keep and maintain law and order and arrest offenders. 

Sir Robert Peel back in 1829 created a police force because society was becoming more complex as a result of the industrial revolution but also to avoid having to use the military to deal with civil disorder.

In both the USA & U.K. we pride ourselves on policing by consent that in our democracy that the police are constitutionally accountable to the laws of the land. 

Sadly, policing often operates in a hidden gray area where it enforces laws which many people disagree with and where certainly in the past culture turned a blind eye to some of the methods used by officers as long as they were taking criminals off the street.

Policing is a disciplined service and officers and required to obey lawful orders.   It is about training and the leadership qualities of the command.

This is not your father’s police force anymore and as we continue forward there are many questions of how police officers work among the community and if we continue in this manner of mistrust and certainly diminished respect it will not be our children’s police force or agency either!

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner, believes strongly in the Nine Peelian Principles of 1829 with the addition of number ten, technology integration.

Leadership has to have tools to complete the tasks of today and boy, have they changed!  With depleted staffing and increasing crimes rates, the ability to investigate and solve have become long winded and failing our communities.

There are proven answers and you do not have to be a ‘rocket scientist’ or a 'computer geek', we have for the past 21 years perfected and continue to improve as new disruptive technologies get introduced, been using our analytic solutions with great success across North America within law enforcement.

You might have a Smartphone for communications improvement, we bring you even more to the palm of your hand, analytic tools that go anywhere with you and are always at hand, increasing officer safety.

Copyright 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Societal Change Is In...

Societal Change Is In...
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

Honoring Society by Protecting, Solving Crime Productively, Efficiently & Under Budget... 

Bring Back Trust, Respect & Honor...  

Looking at 2014’s crime stats shows the enormity of data that is collected, stored and only being used possibly for reports.

Policing principles have not changed since the formation of the police force by Sir Robert Peel and his Nine Peelian Principles of 1829.

It is societal changes that have increased the challenges of today and compounded the opposition to abiding the laws of the land.

CommSmart Global Group with its Risk Solution Partner, LexisNexis has understood policing, data and proven cost effective solutions for decades.  Not from the geek or nerd perspective, from our boots on the ground as police officers in communities, understanding the streets and people, solving and resolving crime issues.

The real estate of technology is vast and to many, mystifying.  It is not, we have broken it down to logic and smart dashboards that all can use.  None of what we do is dreaming of the possibilities, it is a reality, used and honed for nearly twenty years with improvements and simplicity.