Stapleton Group News and Security Updates
January 22, 2013
Industry Leader Michael Stapleton and Counter-Terrorism Professional Robert Martin Join Together to Enhance Stapleton Group Capabilities
"Stapleton Group is forever linked to counter-terrorism, and with the addition of Bob Martin to our executive team we continue to improve as industry leaders. Bob and I first met over 40 years ago when we were both patrolmen in the NYPD's fabled Tactical Patrol Force (TPF). I could go on about his extensive law enforcement / terrorism background, but his resume and thoughts from two of his law enforcement colleagues speak for themselves." - Michael Stapleton
Bob Martin served for 32 years with the New York City Police Department, retiring in 2000 as a Deputy Inspector. During his last 10 years of service he supervised the New York Joint Terrorist Task Force and participated in many high-profile investigations. These would include the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the Blind Sheik bombing conspiracy, the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the rescue of kidnapped tuxedo manufacturer Harvey Weinstein.
Mr. Martin's work in counter-terrorism was recognized by his appointment to the International Association of Chiefs of Police "Committee on Terrorism." In 2004 he was appointed to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. He has been designated a Terrorism Subject Matter Expert by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Domestic Preparedness and has assisted that office in formulating counter-terrorism strategies. He has traveled around the world lecturing on the threat of terrorism and served as a consultant on terrorism and security matters with a number of security firms and major corporations. He was on the faculty at Molloy College on Long Island, teaching criminal justice and terrorism courses.
In 2001, Mr. Martin accepted the position of Director of Security at the Anti-Defamation League, coordinating security at major events and at the League's 30 offices in the United States and Israel. In 2004 he led a law enforcement mission to Israel and was chosen by the FBI to conduct training for personnel assigned to Joint Terrorist Task Forces.
"With Bob's vast law enforcement and counter-terrorism experience, he fully understands the challenges facing our country. He will be a tremendous asset to Stapleton Group." - Dale Watson, former FBI Executive Assistant Director for National Security (Counter-intelligence/Counter-terrorism)
"Bob Martin is well known and respected in the security/counter-terrorism worlds. His efforts on behalf of the IACP's "Committee on Terrorism" contributed greatly to its success." - Joseph Estey, past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
"With the current security concerns surrounding this country and abroad, the addition of Bob Martin as Stapleton Group Senior Advisor allows us to provide our clients unsurpassed experience and expertise. Mr. Martin will be invaluable in helping Stapleton Group provide the first-class service our clients expect and deserve." - Paul Stapleton
Stapleton Group, Inc.
Stapleton Group is a premier provider of services that strengthen security programs by mitigating the threat of explosive devices, weapons-of-mass destruction, and high-consequence intruders. Our business model leverages the unique knowledge, training and experience of retired and active members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Bomb Squad and Emergency Services Unit, as well as other elite law enforcement and military organizations.
Stapleton Group executives and staff bring years of unequaled knowledge and experience in the deployment of innovative security services such as Explosive Detection Canines, Remote X-Ray Screening support, Maritime/Aviation Security, and Chemical/ Biological/Radiological Threat detection, Special Events, High Risk perimeter protection, and conducts training for First Responders throughout our nation.Stapleton Group may be reached at 212-945-0336 or please visit our website at www.stapleton-group.com.
For more information about how Mr. Martin can assist in your security needs please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 19, 2012
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Larry Sechuk with Brian Murphy and Raven from Stapleton Group
This is a first time ever look behind the scenes of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from an LP operational perspective. The information being shared for our reader will give you a look at the complexity of coordinating large scale national events with law enforcement and the measures taken by LP to protect the brand.
The 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place on Thursday, November 22nd 2012 at 9:00 am in New York City. It is estimated that upwards of 3 million viewers line the parade route from the starting point at 77th Street down to its final destination at the Macy’s Flagship Herald Square store at 34th Street. In addition, the audience on NBC’s nationwide broadcast allows another 50 million people to make the parade part of their Thanksgiving tradition.
Macy’s Loss Prevention plan is put together by Larry Sechuk-VP Law Enforcement Outreach/Special Operations, Walter Avelin- LP Operations/Law Enforcement Liasion and Dave Dagney-LP National Events. The planning process begins in February. There are four distinct operations; rehearsal, balloon inflation, parade and dismantling/deflation. They are spread over four days. As the safety of attendees is of paramount importance meetings are held with NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority Police, FBI and DHS to identify potential issues and develop contingency plans. Starting in September Sechuk provides monthly updates to Tom Roan-Group Vice President / LP. A final review of the Loss Prevention plan is presented to senior management by Roan and Sechuk two weeks before the parade.
The Loss Prevention Team must also coordinate crowd control and protection for talent during rehearsals at Herald Square on the three nights before the actual parade. One of the busiest crosstown streets, 34th Street, is closed each night to allow performers and the camera crews to coordinate timing and ensure that the marks are hit.
The Balloon Inflation takes place on Wednesday at 77th and Central Park West. This has become a major event as well. It draws tens of thousands of onlookers who want to get a sneak peek at the balloons. At 10:00 pm the process of clearing the inflation viewing audience from the perimeter around the Museum of Natural History begins. Once this is accomplished Central Park West must be made ready to stage the float convoy. This year 55 floats were part of the parade. The convoy is escorted by Macy’s LP, and Police through 45 of busiest streets in Manhattan get to their destination on Central Park West.
During the overnight hours Macy’s LP must prepare access routes for guests who have tickets to the grandstands. They must also maintain a secure perimeter from 67th Street to 86th Street to keep unauthorized personnel out of the staging areas. At the same time a separate LP operation seals off 34th Street outside the Herald Square store to allow construction of the grandstands.
Thanksgiving morning presents its own set of challenges.
- Macy’s grandstands uptown and downtown allow over 17,000 ticketed guests to view the parade from some of the best viewing locations along the route. Macy’s LP partners with the Stapleton Group and their Vapor Wake K-9 dogs to screen all guests prior to reaching the stands.
- Thousands of volunteers who march in the parade must be brought to secure locations to be costumed and then brought to the start line at Central Park West.
- A separate operation for the 800 children who ride the floats must be staffed and managed by the LP team.
- A ‘frozen zone’ from 34th Street to 39th Street and from Broadway to 8th Avenue must be created and maintained to facilitate the dismantling of floats and deflation of the balloons.
- All celebrities who ride the floats must be escorted at all times during the parade.
After months of preparation and planning it is finally time for a parade! Over 150 Macy Loss Prevention executives team up with the FBI, DHS, FDNY and thousands of New York’s finest to ensure that the parade goes according to plan without incident and that Santa arrives at Herald Square promptly at 12 noon.
In addition to the parade in NYC Sechuk and his team are also involved with the planning and safeguards at Macy’s events nationwide during Thanksgiving week. These include; 2 additional parades, 5 tree lightings and 6 window unveilings. All of this in addition to normal 4th Quarter activities that the team is involved with!
October 29, 2012
Stapleton Group is proud to report that throughout this challenging weather event our core countermeasure services, especially our SecureTech Remote X-Ray Screening Support maintained uninterrupted continuous, fully functional operations ensuring our clients maintained real-time communications with our remotely located Bomb Technicians.
SecureTech, because of its highly flexible cloud-based architecture is immune to the vulnerabilities faced by static, command center operation models. Additionally, SecureTech is not dependent on typically unreliable and unpredictable off-site recovery sites that in this event, due to the size of the footprint of the storm would be disabled as well.
September 29, 2012
Fedcap Veteran Services Job Fair
Paul Stapleton and Karl Hagstrom
Karl Hagstrom and Paul Stapleton of the Stapleton Group talked to veterans about his agency during a job fair introducing veterans to careers in the security and private investigations industry Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York. About 70 veterans attended the event, hosted by Fedcap Veteran Services, where they were given the opportunity to connect with nine different employers in the security and private investigations industry looking to hire veterans.
Sept 13, 2012
ASIS show in Philadelphia
Stapleton group enjoyed a productive 3 days at the ASIS show in Philadelphia. Vapor wake canine Raven enjoyed the event as well. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello
July 4, 2012
Stapleton Group and Explosive Countermeasures International form Strategic Alliance
Stapleton Group and Explosive Countermeasures International, Inc. (ECI) have established a strategic alliance between the two companies, continuing to build upon a 15 year professional relationship. This formalized business relationship between two highly respected innovators in the explosive detection/security industry will allow the two organizations to fully leverage their combined capabilities through the convergence of individual sales & marketing and operational & logistical competencies.
June 21, 2012
Stapleton Group attends Hiring Our Heros event
Paul and Michael Stapleton represent Stapleton Group at the US Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heros event held at Deutsche Bank on Thursday, June 21 in New York City. The event was open to employers who are committed to hiring our veterans and to veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses.
June 19, 2012
Marshalls Creek training camp teaches Labradors to sniff for explosivesFront page of Pocono Record
by: Andrew Scott
If someone carrying concealed explosives enters, what's hidden will leave a scent or vapor in that person's wake for the dog to detect and track to its source.
"This way, you don't have to stop and search people one by one as they enter," said Paul Stapleton of Marshalls Creek, president and managing director who oversees the training of "vapor wake detection" dogs for the Stapleton Group.
June 7, 2012
York Kleinhandler - Afghanistan
York Kleinhandler, Managing Director, Government Initiatives for Stapleton Group is currently in Afghanistan working with an entity that reports directly to the Commanding General for International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF). His responsibilities focus in two realms, Counter Insurgency (COIN) and as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Law Enforcement operations. His responsibilities in COIN focus on reporting and advising as well as providing reliable and frequent expert advice on virtually any matter pertaining to the application and integration of COIN principles at the tactical and strategic level. In addition he ensures that multi-echelon, full spectrum COIN strategy is implemented to support COMISAF objectives. As a COIN Advisor he deals with a multitude of elements of all USG and NATO partners in order to identify strategic opportunities, requirements or capability gaps, and ensure unity of effort in providing COIN support to COMISAF.
As a Law Enforcement SME he is responsible for observing and evaluating the continued development of the Afghan National Police (ANP) as they evolve from a COIN based law enforcement entity to Rule of Law or Warrant Based law enforcement entity that is self-reliant and operates within the framework of the Afghan constitution. While observing and evaluating he advises the ANP units on how to improve their overall capabilities and effectiveness while changing their operational methodology. He also reports observations, evaluations and recommendations to COMISAF. These observations, evaluations and recommendations can have implications affecting the ANP from the local level to creating national level policy changes within the Afghan judicial system. We wish York a successful deployment and await his safe return.
April 26, 2012
‘Vapor Wake’ dogs can detect body-worn explosives by sniffing a plume of airFrom Government Security News
by: Jacob Goodwin
The Stapleton Group, of New York, NY, which operates its own training facility in Marshalls Creek, PA, uses Vapor Wake dogs and finds them much more independent than traditional canine sniffers. “Conventional canines depend on their handlers,” explained Stapleton’s Brian Murphy. “These Vapor Wake dogs work out in front of me.”
April 19, 2012
SafeMail New York Partners With Stapleton Group to Offer the Most Advanced Mail Screening ServiceSafeMail New York, the New York Metropolitan Area’s premier offsite mail screening and distribution facility, announces its strategic partnership with the world’s foremost security experts of Stapleton Group, the same innovators that have overseen the certification of two explosive detection programs for the Department of Homeland Security “Safety Act”. Read more...
March 5, 2012
The Best Are Back!Stapleton Group opens new offices in downtown Manhattan. Our new address is 65 Broadway Suite 1800 in the historic American Express building near the corner of Rector Street. Funny how things work out...our new space is only a few short blocks from our old address at 47 West Street. We welcome all of our old friends, colleagues and clients to stop by say hello, have a cup of coffee and catch up with us and learn about the exciting future ahead.
March 4, 2012
Professional AffiliationsStapleton Group is proud to be a member of the International Police Work Dog Association. We follow the guidelines set forth for all specialty areas certification and accreditation.
In addition, we are affiliated with:
- Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute (CDRI)
- International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
- Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (SWGDOG)
- American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)
- Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF)