MCPI's annual training day will be hosted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Cleary University, located at 3750 Cleary Dr, Howell, MI 48843. We have secured an intriguing and informative group of speakers, whom will educate on topics such as: cyber security and securing sensitive information, conducting insurance claims investigations, and best practices for financial record keeping.
This training event is set to run from 8:45am until 4:30pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Secure your spot now! Please follow the link below to view the full agenda and register for this event.
Thus far in 2017, MCPI has welcomed XX new members. We strive to provide each of you with continued access to a premiere networking nexus, informative training sessions, and professional services to facilitate effective investigation outcomes. We hope you will enjoy your credential as a Michigan Council of Professional Investigators member!
by Candace Ivey, MCPI Legislative Chair
Happy Spring MCPI! Although the weather is not very Spring-like (Snow in DC!), we are off to a great start to 2018 in the legislative arena!
During the week of March 20-24, 2018 I attended NCISS’ annual “Hit the Hill” conference in Washington, DC. This was my third year attending this great event. Also in attendance for the second year were MCPI members Tim Gilbert (Koda Group, Inc.) and first year attendee Michael Cook (Signature Investigations Group.)
I spent a few weeks making phone calls and sending emails back and forth with all 14 of the Michigan Congressional offices as well as both Senate offices. I was able to secure appointments in five of the offices:
Senator Gary Peters (D)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)
Representative Paul Mitchell (R-10th District)
Representative Jack Bergman (R-1st District)
Representative Justin Amash (R-3rd District)
Tim, Mike, and I, attended all five appointments with the Legislative Aides in these offices and
discussed the following topics:
- Amend the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act, or GPS Act— S.395-(Wyden, D-Or), House companion- H.R. 3470 (Farenthold, R-Tx-27) — Point conveyed to the L.A. : Congress must include an exemption for state-licensed PI, conducting otherwise legal activities within the normal course of their professional duties.
- Supporting Federal Background Checks for Private Security Officers — Point conveyed to the L.A. : Please contact Senator Toomy and become an original co-sponsor of SOSIA (Security Officers Screening Improvement Act) in 2018.
- Amend the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2017— (S.134, Nelson and H.R. 423, Meng) — The point conveyed to the Legislative Aide: Please include clarifying language necessary to ensure that pretexting is NOT included by the FCC.
We were also able to drop off packets in a few of the other offices that we were unable to obtain appointments with.
A luncheon was held at the US Capitol and the prestigious NCISS Duffy Award was presented to the two Capitol Police Officers that were credited in stopping the shooter at the Congressional Softball game in June 2017, (Officer Crystal Griner who was shot in-the-line-of-duty and Officer David Bailey.)
Also in attendance was Representative Scalise (who was shot and severely wounded) as well as many other Senators and Representatives.
It should also be noted that Tim Gilbert, MCPI member, was appointed to take my place as the NCISS Region 1 Director, and I was elected as the new NCISS Treasurer at the annual NCISS Board Meeting in Arlington, Va.
The event was a huge success, and I encourage you, if you are not a member of NCISS, please contact Candace Ivey for an application and GET SIGNED UP! You are doing yourself a disservice if you are not a supporting member of NCISS. We are your voice in Washington and the second half of your legislative coverage, the first being MCPI!
Edward T. White of Edward T. White and Son Professional Services, L.L.C. is our current Featured Sleuth. Ed was born in a house in Fitzhugh, Arkansas. The family moved up to Michigan and he graduated from Inkster High School. He then went to the Detroit Institute of Technology and Eastern Michigan University majoring in Special Education and Psychology.
While attending college, Ed was drafted in the US Army, spent 21 months in Alaska and took classes from the University of Alaska. Then he went to Vietnam as a Medical Specialist. After being Honorably Discharged, he joined the Detroit Police department in 1968. During the 27 years Ed spent with the Detroit PD, he was eventually put in charge of the Liquor Enforcement within the Vice and License Section. They were responsible for all the bars, party stores and blind pigs, anywhere liquor was sold. Ed retired in 1996.
In 1998, Ed obtained his Professional Investigators License. He specializes in appeals for incarcerated inmates. He looks for ulterior motives, alternate theories, etc. He also has investigated insurance fraud, surveillance and other types of investigations.
Ed is married to Sandra Ruth White for 49 years who worked as a Social Worker for the State of Michigan. They have two children Dionne Denise White age 45 who is employed as a Mathematical Statistician for the Center For Disease Control in Atlanta and Edward Austin White age 40 years old who works for the Wayne County Friend of the Court setting up cases for deadbeat fathers. Ed is an avid chess player. He played for the chess team while at Eastern University and since has played many individuals. Ed and Sandra have gone to Los Vegas, Atlanta, Georgia to visit their daughter and around the country.
E. White and Son Professional Services, L.L.C. has a mailing address of P.O. BOX 351021, Detroit, MI 48235, phone 313-917-8659, cell 313-706-5727 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Russell J. Rheaume
Thank you to all of the MCPI members and guests who were able to take time away from their business to attend what I believe was a wonderful conference. Our Fall Conference survey results look very good, and we scored high in all categories. The speakers were well received, and the members who attended tell us the time invested was well worth it. We kicked-off the conference with a full explanation to the new direction your current BOD is taking MCPI and why difficult decisions were made.
We are excited and looking forward to creating more value to your membership. There is a lot of work to be done and many members are stepping forward to help as we chart our new course. Membership is growing and people are excited—we will continue our momentum forward to a fantastic 2018!!
To those members not able to attend the Fall Conference, we missed you and look forward to seeing all of you, who are able, at the next membership meeting scheduled for December 5 at the Novi Oaks Hotel and Conference Center in Novi.
Sincerely, Jerry Hardesty President, MCPI