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Tom Lekan, Security Guard Expert Witness, Consultant
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ASIS (formerly, Amer. Soc. for Industrial Security)

(formerly, American Society for Industrial Security)




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Certified Protection Professional

My Major Credentials

Thomas J. Lekan, C.P.P.

Tom Lekan, CPP

     I am a Certified Protection Professional, C.P.P., earning this status early on in my extensive career in professional security. This is a comprehensive, Board Certified, professional status achieved through rigorous study and subsequent testing by ASIS, formerly the American Society for Industrial Security (now international in scope). Incidentally, only a small percentage of practitioners of this large organization attain this status (more info on C.P.P. status, click here:  C.P.P.)


Formal Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in  Sociology/Criminology, John Carroll University

  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Studies

Major Positions Held:

  • Senior Vice President, Atlantis Security Management Company

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Key Bank N.A.

  • Director of Security and Safety, Nestle USA and Stouffer Hotel Company

  • Managing Director, Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations

  • Police Officer, Parma, Ohio

  • Acting Security Director/Consultant, First Merit Bank

  • Ohio National Guard, SSGT S2 Intelligence 412th Engineer Battalion

Association Memberships:

  • ASIS International (see left column)

  • Greater Cleveland Bar Association, Affiliate Member

Premise Security and Related Experience Summary:

      I have competency in all areas of premise security measures and in the adequacy of security measures in order to meet the generally accepted practices and best practices of the industry. My in-depth experience in diverse areas of security includes:

  • negligent homicide

  • bank robbery

  • security guard operations

  • hotel crime, workplace violence, school security and safety, corporate and bank fraud, security assessments, assaults, executive protection, crime prevention, foreseeability of crime.

I have provided expert services in over a hundred legal cases (total, all types) including testimony at the state and federal court level.    (Scroll up or down, or click to go back to the top of page)

 In Addition: 

  • College level instructor for over twenty-five years in the field of security and police operations

  • Accomplished trainer in the field of security for trade groups, public companies, and government

      Security consultant to:

  • manufacturing

  • financial institutions

  • school districts

  • multiple dwelling housing, condo, and apartment complexes

  • retail hotels, hospitality, shopping centers, CEO level clients

  • guard companies, in-house private police

 Select Publications and Presentations:   

      Note:  Articles are in PDF format, and should download or open in a new browser window.

  • "Are You at Risk?" Properties Magazine, 2007 and 2008

  • "Can You Really Afford Low Cost Security Guards?" Properties Magazine, 2007 and 2008

  • "Have you had your Security Check Up?" Properties Magazine, October, 2008 and 2010

  • Robbery Prevention, Credit Union National Magazine, January 2009

  • "Are You Ready for This?" (crime foreseeability and business loss), BOMA Business, Building Owners and Managers Association, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Guest on National Public Radio speaking on Identity Theft

  • Source to local NBC affiliate and others for comments regarding bank security matters.

  • “Risk Management Skills are useful in Curbing Workplace Violence,” Business Insurance Magazine, 1997

  • Contributing consultant to Credit Union Times Magazine article “Opening and Closing Time Robberies can be especially Devastating,” June, 2009

  • Contributing Consultant to Risk Management Magazine article in 1999, “The Everyday Face of Workplace Violence.”

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ASIS (formerly, Amer. Soc. for Industrial Security)



Additional Information about C.P.P. Certification from ASIS


  • Certified Protection ProfessionalIndependent validation of an individual's knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Backing of the world's largest association for security management practitioners

  • Protection from lawsuits involving ASIS certification that arise out of an act of terrorism under the SAFETY Act Designation awarded to ASIS by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Continuing education requirements for recertification offer assurance that practitioners will remain current with best industry practices

Difference between certification and a certificate

  • Certification has an experience and education component; certificates are for all skill levels.

  • Certification indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam; a certificate indicates completion of a course or series of courses with specific focus.

  • Certification requires recertification, which ensures that the certified practitioner stays current in the field through continuing education; a certificate is the end result; may demonstrate knowledge of course content at the end of a set period of time.

  • Certification results in an earned designation to use after one's name (i.e. CPA, CPP, CAE); a certificate is usually listed on a resume detailing education; may result in a document to hang on the wall.

  • ASIS board certifications are ANSI accredited, which ensures a high threshold of qualifications and rigor have been met when a practitioner earns their CPP, PCI, and PSP credentials.

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