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President & Licensee

William J. Smith has a renowned and distinguished career as an investigator and security consultant to government, industry and educational sectors for the past thirty years. He has conducted and supervised major investigations for Fortune 500 companies both nationally and internationally. His private sector experience includes executive level investigative and security functions with a particular emphasis in developing programs for several Fortune 500 companies to nullify threats against senior management and/or facilities. He has been selected as the on call Security Consultant to the State of Connecticut DPW as well as several school districts nationwide. He is the Principal Instructor of the AmericanSchoolSafety.com training programs and co-authored the “Security Evaluation & Planning Guide” which has been requested and distributed to over 5,000 school districts in the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CALPI.

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Senior Investigator, Security Consultant

A consummate professional investigator with 20+ years of domestic and international corporate investigative and security experience, John H. Dewey supervises major case investigations and is responsible for development, direction and oversight of all corporate security and safety programs, international travel and executive protection programs for the firm. Prior to joining Jennings Smith in 2008, he was employed by the Phoenix Life Insurance Company as their Director for Safety and Security. John is a retired Lieutenant, Connecticut State Police where he managed two different Major Crime Squads (Western District and Central District), each comprised of 33 detectives, sergeants and support staff in homicide and major case investigations. Most notably, he planned, organized and implemented the first formal State Police recruitment unit. He personally trained and equipped 30 State Troopers as recruiters to seek qualified candidates throughout the entire United States, resulting in the most minority Troopers ever hired. As a result of his leadership and commitment to the program, he was recognized as the “Outstanding Manager of the Year”.

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Senior Security Consultant

A nationally known expert in criminal investigation and retired Special Agent of the FBI,
Ralph A. DiFonzo, Jr., has been featured on numerous television and radio programs for his extensive knowledge of profiling fugitives and criminal investigations. He has served as a commentator and consultant to a number of major media outlets regarding ongoing high-profile criminal cases to include NBC’s The John Walsh Show; America’s Most Wanted; Fox News Channel; Court TV; ABC’s 20-20; and NBC’s Hidden Treasures. Relying upon 30 years’ experience investigating violent crime cases throughout the United States and internationally, Ralph initiated and supervised the Connecticut Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force. Previous assignments included Los Angeles, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to his investigative skills, Ralph was and remains involved in police training where he instructs varied and specialized courses including Major Case Investigation, Instructor Development, Crime Scene Investigation, Fingerprint Classification and Identification, Crisis Management and Negotiation and Interview and Interrogation. Ralph is also a consultant to businesses, schools and corporations regarding Crisis Management, Hostage Survival and School/Workplace Violence.

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Senior Security Consultant

A former Deputy Chief Investigator for the District Attorney of Westchester County, NY and Chief Technical Investigator for the Inspector General of New York City, Mr. Albanese has a total of twenty-seven years of solid experience in both law enforcement and high technology security fields. He was previously contracted and assigned as a technical security consultant to the Port Authority of NY and NJ, the World Trade Center and JFK Airport airside access security system prior to 911. He has also conducted threat assessment and countermeasure consulting for the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, and New York City, the Time Warner Center and the 92Y facility NYC.

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Special Consultant

Charles J. Walsh has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of investigations, forensic evidence collection, preservation and analysis. He has utilized his knowledge to train over 20,000 law enforcement officers on the federal, state and local levels in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. A nationally recognized expert in fingerprint identification, his instruction has enabled law enforcement officers to be qualified as fingerprint technicians and court qualified experts. As a Special Agent with the FBI, he supervised numerous investigations, including, organized crime, extortionate credit transactions, kidnapping, bank robberies, theft from interstate shipment, interstate transportation of stolen property and motor vehicles, and crimes on government reservations. While serving with the FBI, Mr Walsh established an Evidence Response Team (ERT) in the Boston Division to conduct high-profile crime scene investigations. As a result of this initiative, the Director of the FBI ordered all 56 FBI Field Divisions to organize an ERT. Under Mr. Walsh’s leadership, the Boston ERT investigated the World Trade Center bombing, the bombing of two American military complexes in Saudi Arabia, the Atlanta Olympic Games bombing, and the explosion aboard TWA Flight 800.

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Interview Training Specialist

Wesley Clark is a former Detective Sergeant from the Connecticut State Police Department with more than 22 years of law enforcement experience. Mr. Clark is a an experienced investigator, having served fourteen years within the Major Crime Squad as both a detective and supervisor, as well as two years as an Investigative Sergeant within the Internal Affairs Division. He is an accomplished instructor for both law enforcement and corporate investigators within the field of interview and interrogation, statement analysis, detecting deception and credibility assessment and has conducted trainings and seminars nationwide and abroad.

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Senior Security Consultant

Richard ‘Bo’ Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired in February 2001 and has worked with our firm since 2006 to assist our Corporate and Educational sector clients in the development and implementation of Facility Emergency Action Plans, OSHA Standards Compliance, and Business Continuity Programs. He provides Workplace Violence Training […]

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Senior Security Consultant

Ed Kardauskas is a former Captain with the City of White Plains, NY, Police Department where he served as the commanding officer of the Uniformed Operations Division, the Burglary Squad, the Crime Prevention Unit, and the Training and Special Projects Division. During his career he served as the senior incident commander at thousands of crime scenes and major incidents. He is a graduate of both Manhattan College and the FBI National Academy, and the fifth person worldwide to earn all 3 American Society for Industrial Security board certifications — Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP) and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI). He is also a certified locksmith and has served as an expert witness on lock penetration evidence and techniques in major criminal trials.
He has written core security policies and procedures for major companies, managed the national security communications center and contract and proprietary security forces for a national corporation, and designed and managed the installation of the physical, electronic, radio communications, fencing, gates, and medical rescue systems for over $40 million in new corporate construction in recent years. He has designed risk assessments, security audits, key performance indicators, reporting tools, and metrics used to gauge and report the status, performance and effectiveness of security personnel and programs throughout the country and to present those results to executives. He also headed multiple software selection and implementation projects and served as co leader of a major business continuity planning project.

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Investigative Research Assistant

Stephanie Kent graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During her undergraduate Yale career, she received high honors in various Journalism seminars taught by renowned authors and journalists such as Steven Brill and Bruce Shapiro. She finished at the top of her Forensic Anthropology course, where she led facial […]

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  • Jennings Smith Associates Professional Certifications

    • Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), ASIS International
    • Certified Protection Professional (CPP), ASIS International
    • Physical Security Professional (PSP), ASIS International
    • Certified Homeland Security Level 5 (CHS-V), American Board for Certification in Homeland Security
    • Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Disaster Recovery Institute International
    • Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Board of Certified Hazard Control Management
    • Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP), Board of Certified Hazard Control Management
    • Certified Safety & Health Manager (CSHM), Institute for Safety and Health Management
    • Certified Hazard Control Manager (CHCM), Board of Certified Hazard Control Management
    • Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC), American College of Forensic Examiners International

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    Cyber Forensic Investigations

    JSA's cybersecurity experts are ready to assist you with a complete array of cybercrime protection, data recovery, and evidence collection services. Cyber forensic Investigations include: unauthorized data access; PII (personal identifiable information) exposure; IP (intellectual property/proprietary information) theft; employee social media/email/messaging abuse; ransomware data corruption; and more.

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