To become the Montana State Director for AARP. I believe the Montana State Office provides a substantial service to AARP Members in Montana. Like anything that is good, it can be improved and my goal is to work with the Staff at the Montana State Office to identify ways to more successfully serve members of AARP in Montana, to come together as a staff to provide more meaningful communications and advocacy, and to identify ways to expand and improve our volunteer community outreach. One way to accomplish this is to continue to work with and develop positive working relationships with our state, Tribal and community partners. I also believe we need to look at how we provide training to volunteers and to identify ways to take training to them both physically and electronically.
Associate State Director for Community Outreach - ( January 1, 2001 - March 31, 2009) AARP, Helena, Montana (United States) Directed community outreach for AARP in Montana. Created, trained and directed Community Outreach Volunteers. Managed Community Outreach programs such as Public Benefits Outreach, Grandparents Raising Grand children Support Group Leader Training, Fraud Prevention Outreach, Walking Program, etc. Responsible for developing partnerships with National Office programs as well as state, tribal and local programs in Montana.
Retired March 31, 2009.
Economic Security Representative - West Region - ( February, 1999 - January, 2001) AARP, Seattle, Washington (United States) Responsible for creating and supporting Economic Security Programs in Washington, California, Nevada. Had phone centers in Seattle, Las Vegas, and for a time in Los Angeles. Also recruited and trained volunteers to do outreach in Reno, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Fresno. Worked with the California Mobile Information Center Volunteers, Social Security and Public Assistance in Santa Barbara and San Louis Obisbo Counties, and the Santa Barbara Chapter to provide two outreach Van tours of Santa Barbara and San Louis Obisbo counties. Worked with Area Agency on Aging in Northwestern Washington to provide outreach to Indian Tribes in Bellingham. Worked with state and federal partners in Washington to schedule Consumer Universities in Spokane, Redmond, Vancouver, and Tacoma, WA.
Consumer Representative - West Region - ( September 1998 - December 1998) AARP, Seattle , Washington (United States) Provided Fraud Training in Washington and Montana. Worked with Advocacy to pass anti-telemarketing legislation in Montana.
Soul proprietor/consultant - ( January 1996 - June 1998) The Empowerment Group, Bellevue, Washington (United States) Security Consulting business. Provided Training and consulting for Architects, City Planners, Banks, Commercial Businesses and Attorneys. Consulted for the Police Department (assigned to the Planning Department) in Redmond, WA. Reviewed plans for build out of Redmond Town Center. Coordinated efforts to bring together 5 security organizations and the Police Department to assure consistency of response to crime and traffic incidents at Redmond Town Center. Worked with patrol officers to design the police substation for Redmond Town Center. Helped the planning department in Redmond create and pass a nighttime lighting ordinance for the City of Redmond. Consulted with Architects and developers regarded security aspects of their designs for commercial properties in the Seattle Area. Conducted training for planners, police agencies, Washington Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety, the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety and the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission in the area of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Served as an expert witness for Attorneys regarding security issues.
Police Detective - ( March 1978 - July 1995) Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue, Washington (United States) Worked with the business community in Bellevue to provide training in Security and law enforcement related issues. Installed Surveillance alarms and cameras to help apprehend criminals in a wide variety of crimes. Worked with detectives on stake-outs for robbery in downtown Bellevue. Provided Bank employee training for Banks in Bellevue and held quarterly meetings with the Banking Community and the Fraud unit of the Detective Section. Advised the planning department regarding security related issues for new and remodeled buildings in Bellevue. Served on the Boards of Youth Eastside Services, the Seattle Crisis Line and Eastside Domestic Violence Program.
Retired July 31, 1995 after 25 years of police service
Police Patrol Officer - ( December 1975 - June 1977) Bellevue Police , Bellevue, Washington (United States) Wrote a grant, developed a semester long teaching program, taught at Odle Junior High School in Bellevue, WA. Assigned to Odle Junior High School as a teacher for two years. Developed and taught a class entitled "Introduction to the Criminal Justice System" which included teaching, field trips and guest speakers from all parts of the city of Bellevue and included guest lecturers from the Seattle Supersonics, the warden of Monroe State Reformatory, judges, probation officers, etc. As a teacher I was involved in extra curricular programs as well and performed as a study hall teacher and hall monitor. We also created police student and police faculty basketball games, took part in a school talent show, and helped time events at track meets.
School Liaisson Officer - ( September 1973 - November 1975) Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue, Washington (United States) Provided support for all schools in Bellevue. Spoke in Classes, conducted bicycle rodeos, had lunch with junior high school students throughout the school district, helped the school district conduct a survey of sidewalks in an effort to provide safer paths to schools for students, worked with a county wide task force to produce a film for use in elementary schools titled "Walking Safely to School" and was the police officer in the film, served on a committee with the State Crime Prevention Association that provided sports trading cards to help young people get crime prevention messages, was a resource for students doing papers that related to criminal justice issues.
Police Patrol Officer - ( January 1970 - August 1973) Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue, Washington (United States) Attended the Basic Police Academy. Worked with seasoned officers to get used to the job. Assigned a patrol district and took calls for service, wrote reports, enforced traffic laws, followed up cases and made arrests and/or wrote traffic citations, investigated traffic accidents.
Seattle University - 1976 Seattle, Washington, United States Adult Education, Master of Arts Completed the course of study full time while working full time as a police officer in Bellevue, WA.
University of Washington - 1973 Seattle, Washington, United States Political Science, Bachelor of Science Completed the course of study full time while working full time as a police officer in Bellevue, WA.
Lieutenant (O-3) - ( September 1981 - September 1997) United States Coast Guard Reserve, Seattle, Washington (United States) Entered the Reserve in the Direct Petty Officer Program as an E-5 (Port Securityman Second Class). Assigned to a Boating Safety Unit as a trainee and eventually got certified as a crewman on a 41 foot Coast Guard boat. Attended Small Boat Operations School in Alameda, CA; Small Boat Coxswains School in Alameda, CA; Coast Guard Law Enforcement School in Seattle, WA. Assigned to Coast Guard Group Seattle and spent 5 years doing Search and Rescue in Puget Sound. Was part of "Operation Welcome" the Coast Guard Security force to deal with demonstrators during the arrival of the first Trident Submarine in Puget Sound.
In 1986 I was sent to ROCI (Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination) at Yorktown, VA and was Commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Upon Commissioning I was assigned to a Reserve Boating Unit in Tacoma, Washington and was the Operations Officer in charge of a 45 person Coast Guard Boating program. We had two Coast Guard Boats. I supervised a Warrant Officer, two Chief Petty Officers, a training program, a maintenance crew (to provide maintenance for the two Coast Guard Boats), and 4 boat crews. After the unit was decommissioned in 1990 I was transferred to the Thirteenth District Command Center as a trainee. I spent a year and a half there and was transferred to the Thirteenth District Port Security Unit. I served as a team leader for port state control boardings and fuel transfer monitors. Later I became a Command Duty Officer and spent a 24 hour shift each month responding to Port Security Issues in the Captain of Port Seattle Operations Area that include the Columbia River and as Far as Station Quillayute Bay on the Washington Coast. I was Commander of a Fishing Vessel Strike force for two years and commanded a unit that included active duty personnel, reservists and members of the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Washington State Department of Marine Safety, as well as elements of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Our task was to board fishing vessels who were bound for Alaska and transferring fuel. I expanded the first evolution to include a reserve contingent so we could cover roughly 16 hours a day and finally to cover not only Seattle but the entire Puget Sound from Olympia to Bellingham and as far west as Port Angeles. My final assignment was as the Thirteenth District Reserve Public Affairs Officer.
I retired from the Coast Guard Reserve in September 1997.
AARP Montana - Andrus Award for Community Service - 2014 Eagle Feather awarded by Chief Earl Old Person - Lifetime Chief of the Blackfeet Tribe - 2010 Montana Disability Determination Services and the Social Security Administration - Distinguisned Community Services Award - 2009 Blackfeet Eagle Shield Senior Center - Appreciation Award - 2006 Blackfeet Indian Name - "Kind Heart" - given by Chief Earl Old Person - 2006 Eagle Feather Awarded by Chief Earl Old Person - 2006 AARP - Employee Volunteer Spotlight Honors - 2003 International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners - Outstanding Crime Prevention Practioner of the Year - 1994 Washington State Crime Prevention Association - Lifetime Crime Prevention Practitioner Award - 1978-1995 Bellevue Kiwanis - Kiwanian of the Year Award - 1989-90
CPP - Certified Protection Professional - American Society of Industrial Security - received in 1981 and recertified every 3 years since then
CPS - Crime Prevention Specialist - International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners - 1986
Outsmart Crime, Doug Shadel and Al Ward, Newcastle Publishing Co., Inc., Van Nuys, CA, 1995.
Prescription for Operating a Crime Free Business, Alex E. Ward, City of Bellevue, 1994
"Environmental Design at Work", Alex E. Ward, CPP and William B. Brooks, Security Management Magazine, Volume 35, Number 3, pps. 75-78, March 1991, American Society for Industrial Security, Arlington, VA.
"Executive Protection - An Overview" by Alex E. Ward, CPP. Ohio Crime Prevention Association Digest, Issue 1, 1991, pps 193 - 211, Ohio Crime Prevention Association,
"Armed Robbery - What Should Others Be Forced to Do", Alex E. Ward, CPP, Practitioner, April, 1988, pp. 4-6, International Society oof Crime Prevention Practitioners.
Basic Crime Prevention Curriculum by ISCPP - Training Education and Technical Assistance Division, SSA Joseph Harpold, Chair, Tom Chuda, Committee Chair. Edited by Alex E. Ward and Betsy Cantrel. 1990. 550 pages. International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners
"Business Related Fraud, Alex E. Ward, CPP, Practitioners, Spring, 1990, p. 10. International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners.
Montana Governor's Advisory Council on Aging - member - 2009 to present
Montana Crime Prevention Association - Council Member - 2008 to present
Reserve Officers Association of the United States - Life member - 1986 to present
Marine Corps League - member - 2009 to present
International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners - Past President - Lifetime member (1984)
Eastside Domestic Violence Program - Founding Board Member - Past President
Washington State Crime Prevention Association - Past President - Life Member
American Society for Industrial Security - member - 1978 to present