Safety Tips with James Davis, Retired FBI

May 10, 2019 | Safety Smart, Safety Tips

SafetyPIN Technologies has been endorsed by some of the top security officials in the country. So we asked them to provide our valued readers with some safety tips.

Meet James Davis.

Jim has enjoyed a long and storied career in federal and state law enforcement, emergency management, and safety and security. Jim served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) and as Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. Before working for Governor Hickenlooper, Jim served 26 years in the FBI. His last assignment was as Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division of the FBI.

His career highlights included overseeing the investigation and disruption of an al-Qaeda terrorist plot in 2009, directing a four-year undercover operation that led to the conviction of over two dozen public officials and organized crime figures in Chicago and, perhaps most famously, personally leading the FBI team responsible for the initial processing of Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003.  

1. What is one safety tip you share with your family and friends?

“The thing I tell family and friends is to pay attention to your surroundings. Know where the exits are and think about how you’d get out of a place if you had to. I think this is more about planning for some catastrophe, rather than just a robbery attempt. I know it sounds a little paranoid but you always need to have an escape plan.”

2. Craziest story from the field you can share?

“There are so many. An interesting one involves a visit I received at the Richmond Office of the FBI.

I was a brand new agent and was working complaints (walk-ins and calls) when we were visited by two representatives of the Soviet Consul. They were asking if we could help them find a former Soviet agent who had defected to the US. They did not want to hurt him, they said. They just wanted to talk to him and make sure he was doing okay.

Needless to say, they left disappointed with our lack of cooperation.”

3. Biggest concern you have about how people use the internet?

“My biggest concern about the internet is social media. I watch people sharing all facets of their personal lives on Facebook, Twitter, etc. This is a gold mine for bad guys.

They watch to see when you are posting pics from vacation so they know you aren’t home. They follow your kids and family lives to give ammo for social engineering attacks.

I am constantly telling my family not to post so much information about themselves. For the record, they don’t necessarily listen to me. I think the draw of social media is just too much for some folks to resist.”

4. Why did you join the advisory board of SafetyPIN?

“SafetyPIN is cutting edge technology that makes the internet a safer place. I am kind of an old dog and am not a big fan of how much of our lives are impacted by the internet. I think it exposes us to risk. SafetyPIN allows us to minimize the risk by knowing that the people we are interacting with online have been vetted. It definitely gives me comfort to know that my family is looking for the SafetyPIN logo.”

5. What made you choose a career in law enforcement?

“My father was a cop for fifty years. He was (and is) my hero. I always wanted to be like him and honestly can’t remember a time when I did not want to be in law enforcement. It was a great career for me and it is painful for me to see that applications to law enforcement agencies are declining. We need to fix the general impression of cops and inspire more young people to pursue law enforcement as a career.”

We’re thrilled to have Jim on our Advisory Board to make sure our readers are staying safe. To learn more about how SafetyPIN can keep your family safer, watch here:

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