Event:  North Carolina Association of Private Investigators’ Fall Conference 2020
Dates:  November 3-5, 2020
Location:  Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Resort, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719



Topic: PPS Overview & Current Issues Facing Our Industry (1 hour)

 PAUL SHERWIN, Director, North Carolina Private Protective Services

3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27609
Office (984) 220-8625


Speaker Biography:  Paul Sherwin previously worked in corporate security with DHL Global Forwarding, and in law enforcement with the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department in Raleigh; the Durham County Sheriff’s Office; and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon. He assumed his new duties June 1.

Mr. Sherwin has a broad range of public safety experience and has proven himself to be a real asset since he joined Private Protective Services last year.

Sherwin is a veteran who served in the Oregon Army National Guard and the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2011, where he achieved the rank of captain and worked primarily in the infantry and field artillery branches. He completed one deployment to Mosul, Iraq, in 2008.

Sherwin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in administration from Queens University of Charlotte.

Topic Overview: Discussing issues facing Private Investigators and PPS during 2020.



Topics: Detecting Deception within Interpersonal Communication (1 hour)  

Interviewing Generation ME (1 hour)

Don Rabon
308 Ryder Cup Lane
Clemmons, NC 27012
 [email protected]

Speaker Biography:  Don retired as Deputy Director Western Campus, North Carolina Justice Academy and was formerly manager of the Investigations Center of the North Carolina Justice Academy. He has law enforcement experience in rural and municipal law enforcement agencies and instructional areas including Interviewing, Detecting Deception, Rapport Building, Interrogation, Persuasion, Audit Related Interviewing, Investigations and Investigative Discourse Analysis. For over a period of 35 years, his interviewing instruction and investigative assistance has been provided to related professionals in 46 U.S States as well as Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Trinidad, Barbados, Singapore, Ireland and England. In addition, he has provided training to Federal, State, and local criminal justice personnel, NATO counterintelligence personnel as well as private sector investigative and corporate security personnel. Participants in his trainings have included the Legal Division; North Carolina Department of Justice, the United States Secret Service, The North Carolina District Attorneys’ Association, The North Carolina District Court Judges’ Association, the Law Enforcement Communication Center, and the Behavioral Science Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Quantico, VA, the US Army C.I.D., The Central Intelligence Agency, The SEC, USDA, Banking Administrators, Auditors, and Investigators, IBM, The Coca-Cola Company, Probation and Parole, Housing Authority Investigators, Insurance and Banking Fraud Investigators, Defendant Investigators, Assessment and Admissions Personnel, Substance Abuse Counselors, the Dallas Texas Investigative Division, Real Estate related professionals, the California Highway Patrol, the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector and the Illinois State Police and American Airlines. Don has his A.A.S. in Criminal Justice, from Davidson County Community College and a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, from East Tennessee State University. He has performed advanced studies at Eastern Kentucky University and has military experience with the US Army. He is a published author of 4 texts: Interviewing and Interrogation 2nd edition; Investigative Discourse Analysis 2nd Edition; Persuasive Interviewing; Fraud Related Interviewing and is editor of the interviewing focused newsletter, Hamlet’s Mind.

Topic Overview  (Detecting Deception):  An exploratory examination of deception within interpersonal communication as to how the interviewee can speak the truth and be deceptive concurrently. For an interviewer, knowing where, within the narrative, the respondent has elected to deceive is as vital as detecting the way and manner the deception has manifested. Having a “gut feeling” as to the interviewee’s veracity, will not guide the interviewer as to what portion of the narrative to place the amplifying questions. In this one-hour session, we will address the easiest form of deception for the deceiver which is also the most difficult deception practice to detect by the interviewer.

Topic Overview (Interviewing Generation ME):  The last four decades have significantly involved societal shifts toward situational ethics, the abdication of responsibility, moral ambiguity and a heightened sense of entitlement. Additionally, we are experiencing the delayed onset of adulthood and the diminution of the ability to focus and pay attention.  All of these shifting dynamics are making themselves felt throughout society but nowhere more obviously than in the process of inquiry. Consequently, from the applicant interview, continuing through to interviews related to internal irregularities, interpersonal relationships or fraud, interviewing generation me brings forth a whole new set of criteria.  In this one-hour session a new set of criteria is presented, explored and aligned with the interview process.


Topic: Active Survival: ABC'S Active Threat Response Plan (2 hours)

                                                                     Chris Kopp                                                       Bob Cooke
Lockdown International
11330 Vanstory Drive, Suite 1000
Huntersville, NC 28078


Speaker Biography: (Chris Kopp):  Sergeant Chris Kopp has over 20 years of combined military and law enforcement experience. He served two tours on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt Kopp began his second career in law enforcement with the Margate Police Department in Florida, before transferring to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina.  He has spent over a decade as a Law Enforcement General and Firearms Instructor, and still provides his General Instructor service as a Reserve Officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department.

Sergeant Kopp holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and several advanced certifications in the fields of law enforcement and active shooter. He has presented on Capitol Hill as a subject matter expert on active shooter safety, and has been featured by numerous media outlets to include the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR Radio and Beasley Media. Sergeant Kopp was awarded the 2019 Security Owner of the Year at the Global CEO Excellence Awards.  He is also an active member of ASIS International, FBI InfraGard, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Fraternal Order of Police.

Speaker Biography (Bob Cooke):  Staff Sergeant Bob Cooke has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, NC. As an Officer with the department, Bob served in several positions including Field Training Officer with the patrol division, a Detective with the Juvenile/ Sex Crimes Unit, a General Instructor with the police academy and as a police recruiter.  In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served with the patrol division as well as the Street Drug Interdiction Unit. Bob retired in 2014 as a Response Area Commander, and is continuing his service to the community as an Active Survival Instructor with Lockdown International.

Bob holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and several advanced certifications in the fields of law enforcement and active shooter. He has been awarded two Medals of Valor, fifteen Chief’s Commendations and a Commendation by the FBI for his role in solving a double homicide.  Bob has been featured by numerous media outlets as a subject matter expert.  He has played an active role with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Topic Overview:  Active Survival is designed to provide and empower individuals with option-based survival skills to stay alive until law enforcement arrives, and ultimately survive any violent incident.  These are skills that translate to a workplace, school, place of worship, healthcare, shopping mall or any other location in which an active threat can be a danger. Topics we discuss include: Lessons Learned from Prior Events, Evolution of Law Enforcement Response, Warning Signs, Human Response to Stress, ABC'S Active Threat Response Plan (Avoid, Barricade, Counter, Survive), Bleeding Control and How to React When Law Enforcement Arrives.  Active Survival is compliant with NFPA 3000. 


Topic: PI Insurance and Risk Management (1 hour)

Michael Yergey
Yergey Insurance Services, LLC
7371 Atlas Walk Way, #603
Gainesville, VA 20155
 (571) 248-3190
[email protected]


Speaker Biography:  Michael T. Yergey started with Yergey Insurance Agency in 1995 after graduating from Ferrum College as a triple major in business. He started in sales for small businesses in the small family owned agency and subsequently has worked in personal and commercial services, accounting and sales. He became a partner in 2004 and handled personal lines and special programs. In 2017, Mike formed Yergey Insurance Services that is specializing specifically in special programs that include private investigators and security guard industry.

Mike has been working with State Organization and Departments of Public Safety Groups with their guidelines and bylaws. Yergey Insurance has been endorsed by many different National and State Associations for their insurance products.

Since graduating from college, Mike has been involved with a few different Non-Profit organization like Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Northern Virginia (FCA) and Nokesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department as a running member. Mike has also been a member of Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia since 1995 and has been a committee chair for the Membership Committee of the IIAV. Mike won the Young Agent award from the IIAV for his outstanding contribution to the association during his time as committee chair. He is now serving as board member for the IIAV as an at large director.

Topic Overview:  This presentation will discuss issues for Private Investigators to consider when deciding if they or their company needs an insurance policy:

  • Benefits of Insurance vs. No Insurance
  • Policy Language Brief and Differences Between policies – What to look for and request in a policy
  • Liability Insurance versus Bonds
  • Things to know about Workers Compensation
  • Cyber / Privacy Liability – Do you need it?
  • What can you do to prevent a claim?


Topic: Surveillance (2 hours)

Hal Humphreys


Speaker Biography:  Thomas “Hal” Humphreys is a private investigator and the founder/lead investigator of Find Investigations, a PI agency located in Nashville, Tennessee.  He has over 30 years experience in research and analysis and is a certified fraud examiner and certified general real estate appraiser.  When he is not interviewing witnesses or conducting surveillance, he is also a writer and radio producer. He is the Executive Editor for Pursuit Magazine, an online community for investigators to share innovative ideas and business models, ways to integrate new technology with old-school know-how, and hard-won lessons from the field.

Topic Overview: Surveillance synopsis, preparation and intake, surveillance technology and different types of surveillance. Qualities of a good surveillance investigator and how to prepare for an assignment. Notes and report writing, legal aspects and preparing for court testimony. Discussion on the things not to do on surveillance, how to blend in to your environment, countermeasures and electronic surveillance.



Topics: GPS Tracking (1 hour)

Drones (1 hour)

Darrell Wilson
Wilson Tracking


Speaker Biography:  After serving four years in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, Darrell Wilson worked as a deputy sheriff for two years with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and ten years with the Winston-Salem Police Department as a patrol officer, training officer and detective. He established Wilson Security Agency and has been licensed as a Private Investigator since 1982. He is a graduate of Forsyth Technical College with a Criminal Justice Degree. He has been featured on the T.V. program Snapped and was the lead investigator for the defense of John Boyd Frasier murder trial which made national news. He is certified in GPS programming and implementation by Queclink Inc. and is also a certified drone pilot and drone instructor. He is currently certified by PPSB to provide 12 hours CEU in GPS and drone operation.

Topic Overview (GPS Tracking):     1.  GPS Tracking (2/3/4G) and why to use GPS
                                                         2.  Legal Issues with GPS
                                                              N.C. Statutes versus Federal Law
                                                         3.  Types of tracking devices and nomenclature
                                                         4.  Logistics of Tracking (How, where, when and why)
                                                         5.  Consistent, reliable, effective tracking (Weather, location, placement)


Topic Overview (Drones):              1. Drone laws (federal and state)

                                                        2. Why to use drones

                                                             Case types

                                                             Benefits and negatives

                                                        3. Compliance Issues (State, federal and Regulatory Board compliance)


 Topic: The PI’s role in Family Law Cases (1 Hour)

                                                                                                      James Davis

Speaker Biography:  James A. Davis is a Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law with a trial practice in criminal, domestic,and general litigation. Issue Planning Editor of the Law Review at Regent University, Mr. Davis has served on the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education and Specialization Criminal Law Committee, has served as a Continuing Legal Education Co-chair for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, lectures at criminal and family law CLEs, and is regularly designated by the Capital Defender as lead counsel in capital murders.Born and raised in Rowan County, NC,and the father of four children, Mr. Davis has been involved in a number of civic and community leadership positions.

Topic Overview:  discussion on how a private investigator can assist Family Law attorneys and their clients in divorce and child custody cases.  We will explain custody, alimony, equitable distribution, contempt, marital torts, and evidence related issues.