June 25, 2014

Dr. Joshua Martin

Director of Management Services

Police Activities and Training Association

111 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20036


Dear Dr. Fraser:

As you know, the types of crimes being committed today are different from what law enforcement officers had to face 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. The approach many police departments use to solve and reduce crime has, in a way, become outdated. In law enforcement, being proactive is far more effective than reactive. But as Predictive Policing and Big Data continues to be accepted by more law more enforcement agencies, things will change. Cognitive Thinkers can augment your great methods already trained and proven – and help them become even more effective while preparing your law enforcement leaders now.

For over 30 years Cognitive Thinkers has developed and taught critical thinking seminars to corporate leaders. Some of our clients include Marriott, Citibank, Visa, IBM, IBM Canada, Schlumberger, Verizon, Technicolor, Southern California Edison, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Disney, Sony and many others. The result has been leaders who have been trained to handle a critical situation and end up with a positive and rewarding conclusion. We also have the tools to help law enforcement officers deal with and make best use of the avalanche of new Big Data products such as algorithms.

Cognitive Thinkers has developed courses designed to help law enforcement leaders acquire advanced leadership skills which will help increase department productivity, comradery and community satisfaction.

How Cognitive Thinkers critical thinking classes can help law enforcement officers get the edge

Training leaders for over 30 years and 10,000 proud alumni, Cognitive Thinkers has the tools to help law enforcement officials recognize, address, intercept and resolve problems and crime in the community they serve.For example, typically the initial thinking of an officer is a bit chaotic, because it is normally influenced and “colored” by the incident that took place. They immediately enter into a process of elimination, which is correct, but haphazard and not “al inclusive” and therefore working with partial information.

This is the typical approach followed in “fault tracing”, but where Cognitive Thinkers training can add value is to help the officer to first create a factual snapshot of the crime situation (incident) and then use the process of elimination thinking – this is called fault finding and a distinctive difference between fault tracing and fault finding.

Highly effective training at Cognitive Thinkers

The training is taught in two sessions, six trademark classes total. The first session, includes ThinkingWiseTM.This course will help your law enforcement member come to face with seemingly unsolvable situations and emerge with actions to address a crisis successfully. The second session includes PriorityWiseTM:This training class will help officers learn to consistently address 20% of the core issues causing 80% of problems and crime in a community.

Certificate of completion is awarded for each session. First session of training is a pre-requisite for the second session. College course credit is available.

For more information about Cognitive Thinkers services please visit us on the web at http://www.Cognitive Thinkers.com

Flexibility is key at Cognitive Thinkers

In an attempt to accommodate the hectic and unpredictable work schedule for law enforcement and corporate leaders, Cognitive Thinkers training sessions have been designed to have:

  • Flexible Scheduling: Our commitment to flexible scheduling can accommodate any requirement and we’ll work with you to design a schedule.
  • Sustainable Results: When training is rushed, students learn and retain less. Therefore we divide content into smaller, digestible pieces and deliver on an easy-to-manage schedule.
  • Programs that Fit Your Budget: Our customized training solutions are designed to fit any organization’s budget.
  • Delivery Methods Tailored for a Broad Audience: We accommodate all schedules and learning styles including workshops, virtual live, blended CBT with 1-on-1 mentoring. All trainers are leaders in their field working with top-notch, accredited content.

At Cognitive Thinkers we may not teach combat techniques, but we will teach these highly effective methods to help an officer think smarter, quicker and safer to combat crime.




Janet Brewster, CEO

Cognitive Thinkers


P.S. Enclosed is the brochure on Cognitive Thinkers critical thinking courses. The classes will be geared towards resolving issues and scenarios officers may encounter. Please contact us today to help your law enforcement members get the critical thinking training needed to successfully improve relations in their department and in their community.


3 Puntos que Cada Conductor Debe Seguir para Preparar para un Accidente

Cada día, cientos de personas son implicados en accidentes de tránsito, sean menores o fatales. Ser implicado en un accidente es una experiencia abrumadora, y los efectos después puedan alterar aún la manera que pensamos. Si conductores no son preparados antemano con el conocimiento de qué hacer después de que un accidente de vehículo ocurra, los deslices pueden resultar en pena y frustración. Venga armado con el conocimiento de qué hacer si un accidente le sucede a usted con estos tres pasos fáciles.

Prepare un Juego de Emergencia

Sorprendentemente, muchos conductores se olvidan de empacar su vehículo con necesidades que hacen supervivencia en una situación de emergencia posible. ¿Podemos recordar que las bujías y mojar toallitas, pero qué tal artículos como un juego de primeros auxilios, las gotas para los ojos (por esas noche tarde seca ojos), una lista de números de teléfono importantes, o de los reflectores (si un accidente ocurre de noche)? Mantenga una pequeña bolsa de artículos fijos en su tronco llenó de los artículos referidos así como otra cosa usted puede necesitar o prevenir un accidente de suceder o para el uso si uno ocurre.

Sepa Su Seguro

Cuando viene tiempo de dar a su agente de seguro una llamada, es mejor ser consciente de exactamente lo que usted es cubierto para (tan no hay las sorpresas). Si es confundido acerca de su póliza, lo repase con un profesional de seguro o con alguien que hace. Así, será consciente de cargas esperados y cómo manejar un incidente con su agente.

Fotografiar, Fotografiar, Fotografiar

¿Dicen que una imagen vale mil palabras, así que significaría para imágenes de un accidente? A pesar de la severidad, siempre tome fotos de un accidente y el daño que causa. Sus palabras sólo pueden ir hasta ahora en tribunal. La prueba visual de daños aliviará sus frustraciones para ambos legal y propósitos de seguro.

¡Es armado con estos pocos puntos y su accidente probable sera un acontecimiento menos estresante–aunque esperemos que usted nunca tenga que experimentar uno!

¿En un Restos? ¿Necesita un Cheque?

Si usted o un familiar ha sido herido en un accidente de tránsito, contacte Lerner y Rowe Abogados de Heridas. Lucharemos duramente para conseguirle la compensación monetaria que usted merece para daños. Usted no paga ningún honorario, a menos que ganemos su caso. Llame a (602) 977-1900 hoy para planificar una consulta inicial gratis.

Corporate Internal Investigations

Corporate Internal Investigations may involve crimes committed either by a business entity or corporation. A corporate crime can also be committed by individuals that may be recognized as being part of the corporation. A corporate crime is the act of its staff and not necessarily be authorized or ratified by its officials but rather that the officials were exercising customary powers on behalf of the corporation.

Attorney-client communications are also handled in a specific manner to avoid further problems for an individual and corporations involved in a Corporate Internal Investigation.

When is Best Time to Act?:

When an individual or corporation is involved in a Corporate Internal Investigation it is important to seek legal advice from experienced white collar criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A civil litigation is sometimes a source of information for the government and can put the company on the government’s radar. Contact our experienced NY criminal defense attorneys today at 844-227-1981.
Types of Charges:

Corporate Internal Investigations may encompass a number of charges such money laundering and fraud.

 Criminal Schemes:

Corporate Internal Investigation schemes range from acts committed by individuals involved in money laundering, fraud, antitrust and securities improprieties, international trade and breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, government contracts, health care and environmental crimes.
Crimes Related To Corporate Internal Investigations:

Some of the crimes that can be related to Corporate Internal Investigations are, but not limited to, money laundering, bribery, corruption and cybercrime.


In 1909, the United States Supreme Court overruled the common law doctrine of corporate criminal immunity with its landmark decision in New York Central & Hudson Railroad Co. v. United States. Due to this ruling, a corporation may be held liable for the illegal acts of its agents or employees if such acts are committed (1) within the scope of employment, and (2) with an intent to benefit the corporation. These are only some of the laws that require the company to affirmatively conduct an investigation and, if appropriate, make a disclosure:

  • The Sarbanes Oxley Act
  • Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Guidelines
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Guidance Regarding Credit for Extraordinary Cooperation (Notice 08-07) and Sanctions Guidelines
  • The Federal and state False Claims Acts
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity laws
  • Wage and hour statutes.

Penalties/Punishment for Corporate Internal Investigations:

The penalties and punishment for individuals and corporations found to be guilty of white collar crimes can be substantial. They can include imprisonment, sanctions, loss of professional license and heavy fines awarded to whistleblowers.

Successful Defense to Corporate Internal Investigations:

There are various defenses available to violations that may be discovered in a Corporate Internal Investigation. They are dependent on the alleged violations and actions by an individual during the Corporate Internal Investigation.
Differences between State & Federal Charges:

Corporations are subject to civil enforcement and criminal prosecution under a wide array of federal and state laws, including the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Federal False Claims Act, the Wire and Mail Fraud Acts, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and securities, environmental and employment laws.

High Profile/ Govt. cases of Corporate Internal Investigations:

Reported on the IRS website, “On Feb. 27, 2014, in Boise, Idaho, Elaine Martin, of Meridian, Idaho, the former president and majority stockholder of MarCon, Inc., was sentenced to 84 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $98,825 in restitution to the IRS and $32,575 to the Idaho Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. Martin was convicted by a federal jury on Sept. 19, 2013, on 22 criminal counts, including filing false individual and corporate tax returns, conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, mail fraud, false statement, interstate transportation of property taken by fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.”

Contact Us:

If you are facing a Corporate Internal Investigation, a government investigation or some other enterprise corruption violation, you need to speak with a white collar defense attorney who can explain what to expect and will aggressively defend you to get the best possible result. The Blanch Law Firm has been fighting for our clients’ freedom for years. Contact our expert New York criminal defense attorneys today by calling 844-227-1981.

Vegas with Kids

Vegas with Kids

Las Vegas is a good option when Disneyland gets old and you want to try something you and the kids can enjoy together. The first thing you will need to keep in mind is that you will not be able to do and see some of the adult venues, but you can still have fun.

When choosing some of the tourist venues, be sure to keep the age and tolerance level of your child in mind so that it can be a fun experience for both you and your child. These suggestions will come in handy to help you make Vegas a fun and memorable family vacation!

Where to stay

It’s always best to choose a hotel on the strip. If you book a room off the strip you will have to pay for taxi service to get you back to the room in case the kids (or you) need to rest. This is important to remember especially during the hot summer months in Vegas!

There are many affordable choices on the strip. Book early and you will get the best room at the lowest price, especially if you book a room for a midweek stay. Some popular choices for families are CircusCircus Hotel and Treasure Island Hotel. They are affordable and provide free or cheap entertainment for the kids.

Where to eat

It’s best to pick your kid’s usual favorites. Children can become easily agitated and overwhelmed if you try to introduce too many new things at one time. Denny’s on the strip is a good choice as there are many choices for different diet preferences on the menu. And don’t forget the buffets. These are better than fast food and cheaper than one of the fancy restaurants on the strip. Save fancy dinners for a special night for adults only–that is if you are lucky enough to have a babysitter along!

Where to play

There are many places for kids and grownups to play together. Some of my personal favorites include:

  • Popovich Comedy Pet Theater: Gregory Popovich has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. A great hit with the kids and parents alike, come see why his Comedy Pet Theater is enjoyable for any and all ages as these animals perform amazing stunts with the perfect combination of humor. http://www.davidsaxe.com/Las_Vegas_Shows.cfm
  • The High Roller. Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.. The ride takes about 30 minutes for a full rotation, so definitely a better option for those with older kids.  http://www.caesars.com/linq/high-roller
  • Circus Circus Adventure Dome: Get a day pass and enjoy all the rides for kids of all ages at a reduced price. www.adventuredome.com
  • Madametussauds Wax Museum. The world famous Madametussauds Wax museum give you and your kids the opportunity to get up close and personal with wax replicas of famous celebrities. You never know who might pop up while visiting this venue! http://www.madametussauds.com/las-vegas/en
  • Circus Circus Hotel: Free circus acts and fun game room for kids of all ages. http://www.circuscircus.com
  • Caesar’s Palace: Fall of Atlantis is a free light and animatronic show. Shows every half hour. http://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/things-to-do/forum-shops
  • Cirque du Soleil: There are several shows to pick from that are geared towards entertaining the kids. http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
  • Paris Hotel: Take a ride up the Eiffel Tower replica to get an awesome view of the Las Vegas Strip. http://www.caesars.com/paris-las-vegas/things-to-do/eiffel-tower

These suggestions will come in handy to help you make Vegas a fun and memorable family vacation. And always shop around for discount tickets online before attending any of these attractions. Enjoy your visit to Las Vegas!