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About Greg Leimone

President of Sentinel Consulting Group, Mr. Leimone has extensive prior experience in law enforcement, security operations, consulting, employee relations/human resources, disaster response and investigations. Additionally he holds a BA in Criminal Justice and has received vast training in all facets of areas related to security and investigations.

Lockdown – It’s Not Just for Schools

Schools immediately come to mind when most people think of active shooters and incidents of mass violence. Surely, the gravity of the situation is heavy on our hearts when the victims are children and it is difficult to imagine a world where tragedies such as Sandy Hook can occur.

The reality is that incidents of mass violence are on the rise and studies have shown the threat posed to businesses is just as great and in some recent years there has been a higher prevalence of workplace shootings than in schools. One study by Dr. John Nicholette looked at the 35 incidents that occurred in 2012. Of those, 51% occurred in the workplace which shows that while school shootings receive far more media attention, the risk in a business is greater (statistically speaking).

So, what do you do to prepare for this albeit small but deadly risk? Follow these steps:

Have a qualified security consultant complete a thorough physical security audit of your facility. That includes interior/exterior assessment of all electrical, mechanical and procedural security measures.
Allow them to develop a customized emergency response plan, complete with lockdown procedures and train/educate all employees on what to do in the event of an active shooter or other violent intruder.
Purchase a panic button system to protect your front line staff such as receptionists, particularly if you are in a high risk industry prone to angry clients or other visitors (e.g. law firms, utilities, etc.)
Conduct lockdown drills at least twice per year, and if possible have the security consultant observe at least the first one to ensure comprehension of the protocols.

There are many small steps that go into the above mentioned procedures. However, by choosing the right security consulting firm you […]

By |September 21st, 2014|Categories: Security Consulting||Comments Off on Lockdown – It’s Not Just for Schools

NC Governor Signs Bill Regulating Drone Use

REGULATION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
SECTION 34.30.(a) Chapter 15A of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:
“Article 16B. 5
“Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Ҥ 15A-300.1. Restrictions on use of unmanned aircraft systems.
(a) Definitions. – The following definitions apply to this Article: 55
(1) Manned aircraft. – An aircraft, as defined in G.S. 63-1, that is operated with a person in or on the aircraft. General Assembly Of North Carolina Session 2013
Page 228 Senate Bill 744 S744-PCCS45234-MDxf-1
(2) Model aircraft. – An aircraft, as defined in G.S. 63-1, that is mechanically 1 driven or launched into flight and that meets all of the following requirements:
a. Is flown solely for hobby or recreational purposes.
b. Is not used for payment, consideration, gratuity, or benefit, directly or indirectly charged, demanded, received, or collected, by any person for the use of the aircraft or any photographic or video image produced by the aircraft.
(3) Unmanned aircraft. – An aircraft, as defined in G.S. 63-1, that is operated without the possibility of human intervention from within or on the aircraft and that does not meet the definition of model aircraft.
(4) Unmanned aircraft system. – An unmanned aircraft and associated elements, including communication links and components that control the unmanned aircraft that are required for the pilot in command to operate safely and efficiently in the national airspace system.
(b) General Prohibitions. – Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person, entity, or State agency shall use an unmanned aircraft system to do any of the following:
(1) Conduct surveillance of:
a. A person or a dwelling occupied by a person and that dwelling’s curtilage without the person’s consent.
b. Private real […]

By |August 7th, 2014|Categories: Private Investigations||Comments Off on NC Governor Signs Bill Regulating Drone Use

Personal Injury Cases – Leveraging Private Investigators To Win Big

John Doe was traveling through downtown Greensboro on a Sunday afternoon but just as they entered the intersection they got hit broadside by another vehicle traveling approximately 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.  The fire department comes to cut them out of the car and they live but not without extensive injuries.  The investigative officer isn’t sure who had the green light so he lists it on the report as “unable to determine” for contributing circumstances on both drivers.  The defendant’s insurance company backs their client’s story and denies coverage for the Doe’s vehicle or injuries.  What now??

This is an actual case, albeit I don’t know that there are any “Doe” families in this world, it would be funny to have that last name.  But back to the story, you are in a classic he said/she said and must prove that the plaintiffs were less than 1% contrib.

I will draw some inferences which I believe are most likely accurate:

You care deeply for your clients and want to help them financially but also to give them closure and an understanding of what happened in an accident that they do not remember.
As a personal injury attorney, you most likely work on contingency for your clients.  However, your hourly rate would most likely equate somewhere between $250 – $450/hour depending on location.
Your time is valuable and you must be very strategic in what cases you pursue or risk a loss of billable hours.
When you call an officer, witness or the defendant (when not represented), you are often met with resistance or your calls are just plain ignored.

Utilizing a private investigator for personal injury cases can be a major advantage to your firm, the case […]

By |November 16th, 2013|Categories: Private Investigations||Comments Off on Personal Injury Cases – Leveraging Private Investigators To Win Big

Church Security – Protecting our Houses of Worship

Open Doors vs. Secured Facility – A Tough Balance
One of the most difficult “industries” that we serve as security consultants is that of faith based institutions.  All organizations have some level of resistance to the recommended strategies of a security program.  However, churches must incorporate a philosophy and environment that encourage visitors to feel welcome to walk in when they seek God’s direction and love.  This atmosphere, while effective for the operations of the church, can create huge challenges for any security planning.

Following are a few of the major obstacles that churches must overcome to better protect its facility, staff and members/congregation:

Doors – Often left unlocked to allow easy entry/egress by those visiting the church, they also allow criminals to walk right in the door, steal a flat screen TV off the wall.  Depending on the location of facility, this can often happen without anyone’s knowledge until the thief is long gone.
Hours of Operation – Most churches have a myriad of events occurring day and night, all days of the week.  Bible study, worship, prayer groups, meetings, children’s functions, day care and other functions turn the church into a revolving door of occupants.
Culture – One of the greatest attributes of a church is the kind and welcoming treatment that a person gets from the staff, pastor and others within the clergy.  However,  that same trusting mindset can be detrimental if there is any hint of naiveness or a denial that a subject is there to commit an illegal act.
Money – Large amounts of money is collected at every worship service, often multiple on Sundays and Wednesday nights.  Criminals are smart enough to realize this and that the money is often kept overnight for a […]

By |October 31st, 2013|Categories: Security Consulting||Comments Off on Church Security – Protecting our Houses of Worship

Legal Considerations of Forensic Examinations

Often misunderstood and definitely underutilized, digital forensic evidence is the “smoking gun” in many legal cases of the 21st Century.  Because of our frequent addiction to social media, email, internet and our phones we have created quite the digital footprint that will remain around for years to come and could be a person’s downfall in a court of law.  However, proper collection and examination of a computer or cell phone hard drive is critical to the success of the case and to avoiding jail time or lawsuits for invasion of privacy.

We are not in the business of giving legal advice, but would caution anyone considering utilizing a forensic investigator to carefully review the following:

Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA)

Cable Communications Policy Act (CCPA)

USA Patriot Act of 2001

Privacy Protection Act of 1980 (PPA)

What is important to note is the method of obtaining this evidence, who has the right to access it and the manner in which it is examined.  Equally important to the case, is ensuring that the investigator utilized is not only properly licensed and insured but also has invested in the technology and training to conduct a proper assessment of the evidence.  There are a number of investigators claiming to offer these services, but who are not actively involved in associations which share knowledge on the science behind it, nor have they committed to purchasing (the often very expensive) software and hardware to perform a quality scan.

Wondering how this evidence can be used:

An attorney is representing a client in a traffic fatality in which the defendant driver has clearly denied using a cell phone at the time of the collision despite witnesses stating the opposite.  Regardless of whether the messages were already […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Categories: Corporate Investigations||Comments Off on Legal Considerations of Forensic Examinations

Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Private Investigator

There are so many reasons to hire an investigator than  most people think.  The common case that most  associate is the “cheating spouse” but for many firms that  is only a small segment of their business. Our company  conducts many different investigations for corporations,  law firms, insurance companies and private individuals.  At any given point we may be actively working cases  ranging from a traffic accident, slip/fall, child custody,  criminal defense or conducting skip traces and asset  searches.  Maybe it’s the mystique or just the availability of  information but it seems now more than ever we have  clients who think they can do our jobs just as easily on their own.  Notice I called them “clients’ because they often wind up calling us when they quickly realize the complexity often involved or the time that it takes to work a case effectively.  So, we have put together our Top 8 reasons to use a private investigator (instead of going it alone):

Experience – Most investigators have extensive experience in law enforcement, military intelligence and/or other backgrounds related to the profession.  This translates into specific training and on-the-job exposure to interview & interrogation, constitutional law, surveillance and investigative techniques, evidence handling, testifying in court and many other critical skills.
Neutrality – An ethical private investigator will always remain unbiased throughout any case, operating as a fact finder and never sacrificing their integrity, morals or violating the law in their processes to obtain information.  Evidence obtained by conducting investigations yourself can sometimes be inadmissible, or at a minimum will create more challenges for your attorney.  Saving money now may not give you a return on your investment when the court proceedings begin.  An attorney will not want to put your […]

By |October 28th, 2013|Categories: Private Investigations||Comments Off on Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Private Investigator