Charles "CHUCK" Andrews, CPP, CFE, CFCI, ICPS has been in the law-enforcement & security industries since 1976 starting as a Law Enforcement Police Explorer in Houston, TX. His police explorer career logged 4,000 hours of patrol-time before his 19th birthday when he started as a TX Peace Officer. During his Police Explorer tenure, Chuck was also a security officer and thus already learning about the beginnings of the security industry.
After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the distinguished Sam Houston State University, with honors, Chuck studied overseas in Europe inside the criminal justice systems of multiple countries. Upon his return, Chuck worked full-time in Law Enforcement in both Colorado and Texas in patrol, crime prevention, training and as Chief of Police. Chuck also obtained his MSME graduate degree in Security Executive Management from the Univ. of Houston-Downtown, as well as an engineering chemical processing degree. Retiring from law-enforcement as a Chief of Police in TEXAS, Chuck began his full-time pursuit of the private security industry, but still maintains today his TX Master Commission Peace Officer status reporting directly to a local Sheriff. In the corporate private-sector, Chuck served as Security Director for First Data Corp-TeleCheck and NSS Labs for many years. Currently, Chuck sits on the Board or acts as in the capacity as an Advisor, Strategist and/or Thought-Leader for security technology companies around the globe.
During Chuck’s career in Law Enforcement & Corporate Security, he uniquely did consult work with many different law enforcement agencies and security companies across the globe, too include the well-known reality TV Show – COPS! It was here Chuck joined ASIS International ~29 years ago with the ASIS Denver Mile-High Chapter and then back with the ASIS Houston, TX Chapter where his home membership resides today. Chuck currently sits on the ASIS International Board of Directors with over 29 years of ASIS Intl volunteer service. Chuck is also a member of the ACFE in the Houston ACFE Chapter as a CFE and many other security related organizations like IAFCI, ICPS, InfraGard & IACP, and holds several certifications.
Chuck's career spans many different experiences, trainings, certifications and disciplines making him one of the most diverse & sought-after experts in the law enforcement, cyber & overall physical security industry via the many different roles he served, i.e.- Chief of Police, Crime Prevention Director, Chief Security Officer, Asst' Dean - Criminal Justice/Security, Trusted Advisor, Cyber Expert, Adjunct Graduate Professor of Computer Science as well as SR VP overseeing an $80mm company.
Most notably, Chuck founded a group of now more than 90,000 professionals in the security industry in his well-known Friends Of Chuck (FOC)group. FOC is responsible for helping hundreds find jobs, network, create business deals and develop relationships in the security industry and all its ancillary parts. www.friendsofchuck.net.