Moves are afoot to expand and develop the work and presence of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) in Europe.
ASIS Norway elected a new Board of Directors as per March 2001 headed by Chapter Chairman Helge J. Stoerkersen. The first priority for the Board was to recruit new members to the organization and the ambition was set to achieve a 100 per cent growth of membership within one year until March 2002.
We started with 43 members and the objective setting was fulfilled within this year?s annual membership meeting.
The next ambitious goal was to have a membership of 100 members and we are very proud to announce that as of today this goal is as well achieved, though there are some members still waiting for registration through ASIS HQ, some of them will be registered for 2003.
2002 has been a very active year for our chapter with 5 membership meetings including our Christmas meeting coming up November 22 hosted by the brewery Ringnes serving Christmas food and beer after!
The international pharmaceutical firm Amersham Health hosted a meeting focusing on health emergency plans and contingency planning.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Investigations & Forensic Services team arranged the annual meeting inviting the head of the Norwegian Serious Fraud Office to give a very interesting and updated speech on the situation concerning economic crime.
The National Bank hosted a meeting setting Operation Cooperation on the agenda also for ASIS Norway. Our Chapter had invited representatives from law enforcement and private security to discuss and encourage partnerships between law enforcement and private security professionals concentrating on networking, information sharing, crime prevention, resource sharing, training and legislation. The meeting was very successful. In June The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation presented television production and security risks in such businesses.
The main event of the year was the ASIS Conference arranged at Holmenkollen Park Hotel at the top of Oslo end of august with also Hans Wermdalen present. The Secretary of State, Department of Justice, and Chief of Police, National Police Directorate, started off two days of very interesting presentations, networking of nearly 100 participants and in between a conference dinner really proved the new spirit of ASIS Norway with our Chapter Chairman introducing himself the new ASIS Norway hymn! We plan to arrange this ASIS Conference every second year.
Another main ambition for the Board this year was to set up an Internet site for the chapter. We are very pleased to announce that asis-norway@no now is up and running including part of the site being exclusively for the members by password.
The chapter has taken furthers steps into the e-business also introducing newsletters being distributed on line through e-mail. So far this year four newsletters have been sent our members giving updates on national and international activities.
ASIS Norway has also established a CPP-project and is planning for the first “students” to start up this security education beginning of 2003. At the same time we are also introducing student membership to secure the recruitment for the security industry in Norway as well as for our ongoing ambition to increase the membership. Visit www.asisonline.org