As we all come back from Labor Day Weekend and summer vacations it is time to get back in the swing of things with ASIS and work. ASIS Orlando will be held this year from September 12-16th this year and hopefully some of you will be able to attend as it is a valuable networking and educational week.
The Western Mass Chapter’s September 21st meeting is featuring former Ludlow Police Lt. Thomas Foye who will share his personal story of addiction in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with the disease and will discuss his role as a counselor on Opioid addiction.
Tom Foye was appointed to the Ludlow Police Department in 1987. Tom held a number of responsibilities to include being appointed as Sergeant in Charge of the Detective Bureau for approximately 10 years, Operations Commander, Commander of the Special Response Team, K-9 unit Supervisor, Terrorism Intelligence and others. Tom was deputized by the FBI as a special Federal Officer and spent 3 years investigating narcotics and violent crimes while assigned to an FBI Safe Streets Multi-jurisdictional Task Force, before being promoted to Lieutenant. His career ended abruptly in 2013 after a series of sports related surgeries resulted in an addiction to opiate pain killers.
Tom holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the 219th session of the FBI National Academy. He recently acquired a certificate in Addiction Counseling from Westfield State University and is working in the addiction treatment field. In an effort to remove the stigma associated with the disease of addiction, Tom has shared his story as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, forums, hospitals, jails, recovery support organizations, vigils, television and radio stations, Mayors, Legislators, etc. His story is the focus of two documentaries, currently under production.
His story is one that suggests that addiction is a disease that can happen to anybody.
This should be a great opportunity for all of us security practitioners to understand the disease of addiction that often drives many of the issues that we deal with, from a different point of view.
The meeting will be September 21, 2016 from 1130-1:30pm at the Munich Haus, 13 Center St, Chicopee, Ma. The cost of the event will be $20.00 per person with a selection of lunch options to choose from.
If you or any of your Chapter members are interested, please contact David Oles to make the required reservations.