Michael S D'Angelo, CPP, CSC, CHPA Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Michael S D'Angelo, CPP, CSC, CHPA

Board Certified Security Consultant
Secure Direction Consulting, LLC

Michael has been in the public safety and private security industries for over 30 years. Before starting his consulting practice, Michael worked in healthcare security management for almost a decade with one of the largest hospital systems in the Southeast United States. Originally, Michael transitioned into security management after a progressive and successful career in law enforcement. He is a retired Captain from the South Miami Florida Police Department, where he served for 23 years.


I retired from a two-decade career in law enforcement, including 15 years in supervision, management and command roles (ret. Captain). Successfully transitioned into a leadership position in healthcare security management with Baptist Health South Florida. BHSF is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization in the region, with an outstanding reputation for medical and service excellence.

Although my law enforcement management background provided an excellent foundation for my career transition, I made the decision to excel in gaining industry specific experience and training. This additional knowledge was acquired by joining several professional organizations and achieving multiple certifications, including the highly regarded Certified Protection Professional.

I have acquired an extensive and diverse training portfolio in law enforcement, emergency management, and security including many advanced senior leadership programs from the Southern Police Institute, Florida Police Chiefs' Association, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Institute of Police Technology and Management, ASIS International, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, and FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness.


    BA Social & Criminal Justice-Ashford University
    51st Command Officers Development Course-Southern Police Institute. University of Louisville
    AS Criminal Justice Technology-Miami-Dade College

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Assisting law enforcement and military personnel with a successful career transition into the private security field.


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 Featured Title - From Police to Security Professional: A Guide - 1st Edition book cover


Journal of Healthcare Protection Management

Infectious Disease Protection for Healthcare Security Officers

Published: Feb 01, 2015 by Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Authors: Michael S, D'Angelo, CPP and Jean Arias, MS, BSN, RN

Article Outlining the different levels of PPE healthcare security officers may need in order to protect themselves from potential encounters with patients who may be suffering from a communicable disease.

Journal of Healthcare Protection Management

Where there is Smoke, There is Fire of a Different Kind...

Published: Mar 01, 2014 by Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Authors: Michael S. D'Angelo, CPP
Subjects: Healthcare

Article discussing the challanges involved in effectively enforcing a hostpial's non-smoking policy; offering some potential options to improve the policy's success.

Journal of Healthcare Protection Management

Securing Your Hospital in a Family & Friends Environment

Published: Jan 01, 2013 by Journal of Healthcare Protection Management
Authors: Michael S. D'Angelo, CPP
Subjects: Healthcare, Homeland Security

Overview article discussing the challanges of maintaining a secure environment in an "open acess" hospital facility; highlighting some practical countermeasures that can be implemented.


From Police to Security Professional-A curated resource on Transitioning

By: Michael S D'Angelo, CPP, CSC, CHPA

ASIS International; The world's largest association of security managment professionals, utilizes From Police to Security Professional: A Guide for a Successful Career Tranistion as a resource on career transitioning in this month's Secuirty Spotlight.

Michael S. D'Angelo appointed to newly formed ASIS Transitions Council

By: Michael S D'Angelo, CPP, CSC, CHPA

ASIS International recently established a Council on Transitioning. This new Council is designed to be an expert source for Military and law Enforcement personnel who are considering making the jump into the private sector security industry. Through guidance and mentoring, the Council aims to assist the transitioning professional. 

Ashford Univeristy selects Michael D'Angelo as "Outstanding Alumni of the Month"

By: Michael S D'Angelo, CPP, CSC, CHPA

Author and Security Professional Michael D'Angelo Named Ashford University Outstanding Alum of the Month


Michael D’Angelo enjoyed a successful 20-year career in the City of South Miami Police Department, rising to the rank of captain. But when he wanted to move on to a new phase in his career, D’Angelo needed a college degree. He earned his bachelor of arts in social and criminal justice from Ashford University in 2009 and has gone on to establish himself in a second career in security management. On top of everything else, he has also become a published author. For all of his achievements, D’Angelo has been named Ashford’s outstanding alum of the month.

“The degree became a key factor in my successful transition to private sector security management upon retiring from the police department,” he said. “When I was hired by Baptist Health South Florida’s Department of Emergency Preparedness and Security, having a four-year degree was an essential element to being offered the position.”

D’Angelo was apprehensive about pursuing a degree online and was especially concerned about the technical aspects of online education. But Ashford’s online platform was easy to use and D’Angelo found appropriate resources available to answer his questions. He also enjoyed the genuine sense of camaraderie with his fellow students. “There is a school spirit you can feel,” he said. “Even though you do not meet your fellow students face to face, there is still a connection. I stay in touch with many through social media.”

Inspired by a desire to help others transition into private sector security management, D’Angelo decided to chronicle his journey in a book. “Although I consider my transition a success, it was not without struggle and a few speed bumps along the way. I chronicled some of these challenges in my book with the hope that it will serve as a guide for many other transitioning police and military personnel.” The book, From Police to Security Professional: A Guide to a Successful Career Transition, will be published in January 2015.

“A key chapter in the book is promoting advanced education,” D’Angelo said. “Again, I use myself as the example. I did not complete my bachelor’s degree until later in life. It is never too late to return and the increased popularity of online education – like the one available from Ashford – makes it even more possible.”

To read more about D’Angelo’s story, visit the Alumni page on the Ashford website.

The Ashford University Outstanding Alum of the Month recognition was created to spotlight Ashford success stories and graduates who have used their Ashford education as a springboard to personal and professional achievement.