Growing up between New York City and Los Angeles, Ariel Benjamin Mannes (Ben) found his calling in law enforcement at an early age, entering the profession at eighteen years old, spending a career in both local and federal law enforcement agencies in New York City and Washington, DC. Seeing the crime in his neighborhoods growing up, Ben was drawn to do something for the community, and while many of his friends were experimenting with drugs and deciding a path in life, Ben knew by age sixteen he wanted to be in law enforcement. At seventeen, he had early acceptance to New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and just after his eighteenth birthday, became a Special Police Officer with the City of Long Beach, NY. Shortly thereafter, he became an Auxiliary Police Officer with the NYPD, while attending college and by age twenty; had been hired as a Federal Police Officer by the US Federal Protective Service (FPS), to serve on the New York Terrorist Trials Operations Command set up by the US Marshals Service, NYPD, Bureau of Prisons and FBI following the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. In this capacity, Ben served on the special security details in effect through the trials of the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel Rachman and first indictments of Usama bin Laden and al-Qaeda following the twin embassy bombings in 1998.
After two and a half years’ service with FPS, Ben joined the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and after serving some years assigned to the high-crime Sixth District Substation in Anacostia, was once again called to serve in a homeland security capacity at the Synchronized Operations Command Center during the attacks on September 11, 2001. Two years later, Ben went on a leave of absence and began a personnel action with MPD, which was later resolved in his favor. In the interim, he became the National Training Coordinator for the Community Anti-terrorism Training Institute’s CAT Eyes Program, where he was a Master Instructor training law enforcement agency instructors in Boston, DC, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia as well as conducting threat assessments for Coach USA surface transportation networks in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania through funding by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
It was through his work with CAT Eyes that Ben was recruited by the American Trucking Associations to be assigned to the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center at the Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC), a DHS-run command center tracking all modes of transportation in the United States. One year later, Ben was moved from contractor to government and given the position of Inspector/Surface Transportation Security Specialist assigned to the one of the nation’s first Rail Security Inspection Teams at the US Transportation Security Administration. It was at this position that Ben personally monitored homeland security intelligence and conducted inspections for the MARC/Maryland Commuter Rail System, Baltimore Subway/Light Rail, Washington-Area METRO, AMTRAK Northeast Corridor, Virginia Railway Express and Norfolk Southern Rail Lines through D.C., Virginia and Maryland; an assignment cut short by when Ben was forced to resolve a legal issue with DC government over their pre-Heller gun permit reciprocity laws.
Not deterred, Ben served as a Sr. Consultant for an Israeli-American homeland security technology firm, working on large-scale emergency management & homeland security projects for public safety agencies in Columbus, OH, Los Angeles, and the Greater Philadelphia area in 2006 and 2007, before his eventual reinstatement with back pay to MPD. Since then, learning from the ups and downs of his career, Ben has continued to become a noted subject matter expert in law enforcement, investigations, homeland security, and public safety; consulting throughout North America. He has served on sensitive homeland security projects throughout the nation and his intelligence-sharing and team building initiatives have impacted the private, nongovernmental, law enforcement and military sectors.
From 2008 to 2017, Ben served as the Director of the Office of Investigations with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In this position, he was responsible for overseeing public safety, emergency management, exam integrity and investigative initiatives for North America’s largest medical specialty board, with over 225,000 physician stakeholders practicing worldwide, multiple corporate vendors and over 200 internal employees. While at ABIM, Ben had developed policies and personally led procedures to address fraud, theft and cheating in the board certification process by creating new best practices in the protection of intellectual property and exam integrity; resulting in over 150 cases for administrative sanction, civil complaint, or law enforcement referral. Ben’s work in exam integrity investigations has earned him recognition as one of a handful of subject matter experts in exam integrity investigations worldwide.
As a TWIC-cleared consultant, Ben assists clients and organizations in establishing best practices in their efforts to secure their personnel, physical & intellectual assets. He has served with committees at the American Board of Medical Specialties, Association of Test Publishers, Caveon Test Security/Institute for Exam Security, Paradigm Testing, SERAPH and is an elected Governor on the Executive Board of InfraGard; the FBI-coordinated public private partnership for critical infrastructure protection. Ben has developed assessments, plans and policies for political candidates, the faith-based community, property managers, hotels and professionals to include numerous testing organizations, three state education departments, school districts, venue managers and a colleges.
In addition, Ben has contributed to his community by speaking professional meetings on talking points revolving around public safety, homeland security, intellectual property protection and the public integrity. As a result, Ben is a member of the Peirce College Criminal Justice Studies Advisory Board and has also consulted with the news and creative media, to include talk radio, screenwriters and producers in film and television; as well as being published in The Hill, Arizona Republic, Buffalo News, the Daily Caller, Philadelphia Daily News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Times, Security Magazine and others.
Ben has a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (both Summa cum Laude) and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Nicole where he studied Krav Maga, is a member of a classic car club, and is a Free & Accepted Mason.
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