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Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry

by Erin J. Wolford - December 1, 2008


#12: Jeff Dingle, Physical Security Instructor, LSI – Lockmasters Security Institute

There is no one in America who has trained more men and women in government, law enforcement, corporate and commercial areas about security technologies. Jeff Dingle created teaching tools at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) that have been replicated at scores of public and private sites.

“I started my career as a contract security officer in 1979. In the late 1980s, I was assigned to FLETC and was tasked with helping to design and implement a physical security training program for what was then the Department of the Treasury. The program, now a part of the Department of Homeland Security, has since been updated, but has run continuously since 1988 and has helped train thousands of security specialists through the past 20 years.

“I spent almost 13 years as a corporate security director before returning to a full-time security training position. I recently developed and delivered a much needed physical security training program for over 350 TSA aviation inspectors.”

While many of Jeff Dingle’s students are new to the security field, he has influenced thousands of security professionals through the years by being in the classroom and teaching security techniques and ideas.

“Security is an ever changing and ever evolving industry – it’s hard to keep up, especially with the technology. Security training has always been difficult to fund. One of my training programs was described to me as ‘the training that nobody wants to pay for but everybody needs.’ There is a current push to get security training back into law enforcement – given today’s threat, crime prevention training is needed much more than anti-terrorism training. Yet much of the focus (and the money) is still on anti-terrorism issues. The fact of the matter is that a good security/crime prevention program is the cornerstone of a good anti-terrorism program.



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