Wicklander-Zulawski Announces Changes to Basic and Advanced Training Seminars

first_imgFor years attendees have been trained in both the art of interviewing as well as the WZ Method of Interrogation. Around 2008, WZ removed the direct positive interrogation approach, noting the concerns the method would have in the private sector. As we continue to adapt to the changing environments, we have again made a proactive change to our seminars.For more than 30 years, we have taught the Selective Interview Technique in our Basic Seminars. The Selective Interview can be a useful technique in handling multiple subjects, when evidence is minimal, in narrowing the scope of the investigation. After careful consideration and research, we have removed this technique from the Basic Seminars. While it is a wonderful technique, we looked at the attendees of the Basic Seminar when making this decision. An attendee attending the Basic Seminar would most often not be the person handling the type of case that the Selective Interview is most beneficial as mentioned above. We have found the majority of these investigations are typically conducted by a much more seasoned interviewer, due to the lack of clear evidence of actual wrongdoing.We are excited to move the Selective Interview Technique into the Advanced Private Seminars, where the more seasoned interviewer in more likely to attend. For those of you that want to have your team learn the Selective Interview we will continue to provide more focused training on the Selective Interview through the WZ Webinar Series, on a monthly basis. If this is an area you really want your team to have prior to an Advanced Seminar, we can work on specialized training for your team as another option for this valuable technique.- Sponsor – In order to make the WZ Private Sector Basic Seminar more conducive to the skill level and case loads of those attending, we are adding the Participatory Approach into the seminar. The Participatory Approach is an impactful method in identifying areas of concern regarding policies or crimes that have occurred within an organization. This approach takes the time to interview an individual to identify areas that they might normally use as an excuse for violating the policy or committing a crime. For example, “I did not know the policy” or “My boss said I was allowed to do it” would be removed as excuses from those that truly did know the policy or that it was wrong. This is accomplished by interviewing the subject regarding areas of concern and locking them into knowing the policies or knowing what is right and wrong within the organization. The extra benefit of this technique is it provides operational guidance for future management and training. Should a person be identified as honestly not knowing the policy, the organization then has an opportunity to place an honest employee back to work with the goal of providing more training to help all individuals understand what is expected by the organization.WZ has always been committed to providing the latest techniques to help our partners obtain and learn the latest methods that are useful to train their interviewers for a correct resolution of a situation. The latest changes in the 2016 seminars continues this practice and we believe you will see a great benefit to these changes. Should you have any questions regarding these changes, feel free to reach out to one of the Senior Partners here at WZ. Shane, Dave and I are always here to help our partners in achieving the best for you and the industry. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Chart of the Day: Android Loses Developer Support to iOS

first_imgsarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Overall, new project starts grew from 9,100 in Q1 to 10,200 in Q2, says Flurry. The recent downward trend for Android projects follows a particularly promising year for the Google mobile OS, where each quarter saw support climbing higher. By year-end, Android developer support was at 39% on Flurry’s network.So What’s Causing the Shift?Flurry speculates that the iPhone’s launch on Verizon attracted more developer interest, due to the wider distribution for the Apple device here in the U.S. The iPad 2 launch this spring was also a factor, as sales climbed ever higher, leading Apple to announce that it could barely keep up with demand for the device.Meanwhile, strikes against Android include the still under-developed Android Market and adoption issues surrounding Google Checkout, or so Flurry speculates. It noted, too, that PayPal’s recent acquisition of Zong points to the growing 3rd-party competition to provide mobile payment alternatives to developers, which could mean billing fragmentation.Keep in mind, of course, that trends that Flurry sees on its network, aren’t necessarily indicative of the whole of mobile development. The sample size is large, but not all-encompassing by any means. That’s not to say that you should take these figures with a grain of salt either – there is likely a shift underway, but the true size may still be unknown. Also remember, there’s an Android-based Kindle tablet on the horizon. That will cause things to shift yet again, and probably in a very big way. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Analytics firm Flurry has analyzed trends on its network of 45,000 companies and 90,000 apps to determine where developers are investing their R&D budgets this year. In a comparison of Q1 2011 and Q2 2011, you can see that the Android project starts have dropped from 36% to 28% while those on iOS have picked up. Tags:#Android#Apple#apps#Google#iPad#iPhone#mobile#Trends Related Posts last_img read more

Kicking off European Utility Week in Barcelona With Team Intel

first_imgWe’re here in Barcelona at the premier European energy conference, connecting the global smart utility community on all things energy—from grid optimization, renewable energy, energy storage, smart metering, smart cities, smart homes, smart buildings, data management, analytics and IoT, cyber security and more.Today’s top trend revolves around learning opportunities for European utilities. I’m seeing firsthand how innovation underscores every element of today’s power grid; that’s why today’s hub sessions, including “Data-Driven Sustainability,” “Investing in Innovation” and “IIOT Security Solutions,” have been well attended and created some buzz around the future of power transmission and management.@Kevin_ODonovanCome visit the Intel team at booth 3F148 to see how utilities can drive efficiency for tomorrow’s energy demands. While you’re here, pick up a free USB charger for your smartphone.last_img read more

Is the Homebuying Market Softening

first_img The U.S. economy is booming, but the housing market is lagging, according to the LegalShield Law Index, a quarterly indicator of the economic and financial status of U.S. households and small businesses.The LegalShield Law Index report also includes data from the LegalShield Foreclosure Index in addition to the Consumer Financial Stress Index, Housing Activity Index, Real Estate Index, and the Bankruptcy Index.The index, which was released on Monday indicated that its consumer financial stress component remained historically healthy despite falling 1 point in the third quarter to 74.9, while its bankruptcy index, a leading indicator of quarterly bankruptcy filings had improved 3.9 points to 46 suggesting that bankruptcies would remain subdued in the near term, despite signs of lenders pulling back in the credit market.Despite the booming consumer confidence, LegalShield said that it was less optimistic about the housing market. “Although the housing market varies from region to region, overall we’re not seeing a big rebound occurring any time soon,” said Dave Coffey, SVP and Chief Digital Officer at LegalShield. “The Federal Reserve is on track to raise rates for the fourth time this year in December, which will put even more upward pressure on mortgage rates and make home buying even less affordable. Normally we’d expect to see home builders respond by ramping up construction, but it just hasn’t materialized.”The index’s real estate component indicated that home sales were unlikely to improve in the short term due to severe inventory shortages and rising prices. According to its Housing Activity Index, the housing construction momentum had also stalled in 2018. “Residential construction continues to face numerous headwinds, including labor supply shortages; rising labor costs; and (most notably) rising prices for lumber, steel, and aluminum, where tariffs continue to put upward pressure on prices,” the report indicated.Overall, Coffey said that their data pointed to three takeaways—an expectation of a strong holiday season for investors and shoppers; a good year for seasonal retail workers as labor is in short supply and demand is strong; and an opportunity for small businesses to expand. “The outlook for Main Street hasn’t looked this good since before the recession,” Coffey said. Share Is the Homebuying Market Softening? October 8, 2018 641 Views center_img Consumers Demand Foreclosure Homebuyers HOUSING Inventory LegalShield Supply 2018-10-08 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Bumstead bill names portion of US 10 after late Lake County Sheriff

first_imgvia www.ODMP.orgLegislation sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, passed the House today designating Highway U.S. 10 in Lake County as the “Sheriff Robert Radden Memorial Highway.” The former Lake County sheriff served four years before passing away in the line of duty nearly 45 years ago.“Local law enforcement risk their lives to protect us, and sometimes we lose great heroes like Sheriff Radden in the line of duty,” Bumstead said. “Renaming a portion of U.S. 10 after a great man will help us forever remember the sacrifice he made for our community during his service.”Sheriff Robert Charles Radden died from injuries sustained in the line of duty in 1969 when responding to reports of a bar fight. He was struck by a vehicle and passed away after a month-long coma, and was survived by his wife and two children.“Recognizing Sheriff Radden for his service to the people of Lake County not only honors him, but offers condolences to his family and reminds us all of the sacrifices made by public safety responders in our communities every day,” Bumstead said.Sheriff Radden is also memorialized at the National Police Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.House Bill 4601 passed with 108 votes and now goes to the Senate for consideration.### 27Mar Bumstead bill names portion of U.S. 10 after late Lake County Sheriff Robert Radden Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Barrett bill seeks to restore parental choice religious freedom in health

first_img Categories: Barrett News,News 25May Rep. Barrett bill seeks to restore parental choice, religious freedom in health decisions The House Education Reform Committee heard testimony today on legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett, seeking to restore a family’s rights when seeking a waiver from vaccinations when registering for school.“We have to give rights back to the parents and local school districts, not allowing continued overreach by unelected bureaucrats,” said Barrett, of Potterville. “When it comes to a child’s health, that is the responsibility of the parents. Michigan law currently recognizes that, and my bill restores those protections.”Current state law allows parents to obtain an exemption from immunization for medical, religious and philosophical reasons, but requires families to be “educated” by a local health department official. Parents have reported hostile interactions with health officials, including even questioning parents on the sincerity of their religious beliefs. Barrett’s bill would restore the current statutory requirements and prevent the department from making new rules hostile to parental rights.“Ensuring a child’s health is incredibly important to every parent,” Barrett said. “Children belong to their parents, not to the State or the Health Department.”State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, also testified on partner legislation to incorporate similar changes into the state’s Revised School Code.House Bill 4425 and 4426 will continue to be considered by the committee.State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, speaks before the House Education Reform Committee in support of legislation that restores parental rights when it comes to families seeking a waiver from vaccinations when registering for schoollast_img read more