Our Story

In June 2020, CSSM Founder Dan Mathis Jr, CPP conceptualized and implemented the Contactless Security Screening Measure training course for security screening operators. Dan recognized that the security industry would have a integral role in the worldwide recovery from COVID-19, and safe security screening would be essential to re-opening.  Dan developed a cost-effective online training certification, for all venues and facilities looking to evolve their security screening function to a contactless screening approach as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan has tapped into his 28+ year career as a law enforcement professional and public safety professional in the United States and Internationally. Dan lead an International safety and security training team that operated and training in the countries of Israel and Jordan. Dan was embedded with security professionals from Jordan, South Africa, Canada, and Great Britain. Currently his experience as Chief of Safety and Security at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida, stimulated him to develop the CSSM certification. Dan is a recognized venue safety and security expert, and he is currently heavily involved in several safety and security organizations and initiatives with the International Association of Venue Managers as a presenter, The Florida Regional Domestic Terrorism Task Force, and The State of Florida Prevention and Awareness sub-committee. Dan is formally educated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida A&M University and a Master of Science degree from Saint Leo University in Emergency and Critical Incident Management. Dan is also a graduate of the IAVM- Academy of Venue Safety and Security. Dan was also awarded the 1997 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing.

As a part of designing and implementing CSSM, Dan consulted with multiple industry expert security and medical professionals from the Department of Homeland Security in the United States and with the University of South Florida School (Tampa, Florida) of Medicine COVID-19 mitigation working group during the process of developing the training certification. Dan further consulted with Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry (Tallahassee, Florida) Facilities Management Program for design and delivery input for the certification curriculum. The course can be delivered in person but since social distancing requirements are in place during the pandemic, Dan has uniquely positioned the CSSM training certification for online learning for participants to receive their certification in contactless security screening measures in addition to ongoing continuing education training course that will be available to CSSM participants. The course is self-paced, with knowledge checks placed throughout the eight training modules, and can be completed in about 2 hours. The certification is valid for one year and requires annual renewal. The CSSM certification curriculum will evolve and update as industry trends  react and change to the global threat landscape. Dan’s goal with CSSM, is to standardize various venues and facilities security screening function(s) worldwide both small and large, that are designed to protect fans, patrons, employees and the security professionals themselves tasked with the daily screening function, in the midst of the current pandemic and future ones.

Mission Statement

Our Vision

CSSM's mission  is to provide a National and International standardized security screening training protocols based on certification standards that will be adopted and utilized to enhance COVID-19 health and safety practices around the world.

CSSM's vision is that all security screening practitioners around the globe (i.e., from the smallest 1 man firm to the largest governmental agency) are provided necessary training, education, and continuing education options in order to mitigate risk and exposure to COVID-19 and future infectious diseases. It is critically important for service providers to protect their single most asset -by establishing a worldwide training program that protects front line staff. CSSM envisions providing valuable online certification training(s) to all service providers that are interested in designing, building, and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

Advisory Board

Roscoe Hightower, Jr., Ph.D.

Centennial Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Marketing and Facility Management| EuroFM Ambassador to the United States| President of  FAMU United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Labor Union Chapter| Facility Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) Board of Commissioners

Tamara D. Herold, Ph.D.

Dr. Tamara D. Herold is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She serves as Director of the Crowd Management Research Council and Associate Director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy.

Michael Scott, J.D.

Michael Scott is a clinical professor at Arizona State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and the director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, a research center that produces and disseminates information about how police can effectively and fairly address specific public-safety problems. Scott was formerly a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School; chief of police in Lauderhill, Florida; special assistant to the chief of the St. Louis, Missouri, Metropolitan Police Department; director of administration of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Police Department; a senior researcher at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C.; legal assistant to the police commissioner of the New York City Police Department; and a police officer in the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department. In 1996, he received PERF's Gary P. Hayes Award for innovation and leadership in policing. 

Jose R. Santana, Jr.  M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Science with Honors in Microbiology

  • University of London, Queen Mary College, exchange student

  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine

  • Yale New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine Internship and Residency

  • Yale University Hospital of St Raphael, Chief Medical Resident

  • Harvard University School of Public Health, Masters of Public Health in Community Health

  • Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy

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