The ASIS Eagle Committee got off to a great start in the new year with their first meeting last Wednesday. The meeting opened with students surprising Dr. Michael Bozeman, the guest speaker, by wearing ‘Team Bozeman’ t-shirts in support of his upcoming medical leave.
Dr. Bozeman is a world-renowned homicide detective with more than 20 years of experience with Houston homicide, the Secret Service, DEA, and FBI. His students are lamenting his leave, but they all look forward to his return. He discussed the various issues surrounding something known as Excited Delirium Syndrome (EDS).
EDS is a syndrome that becomes important to law enforcement and security personnel after a taser has been used or a struggle has occurred. It presents itself as excessive perspiration, hallucinations, delirium, an attraction to glass, and running through the streets naked. People suffering from EDS experience sudden cardiac arrests after a struggle and are unresponsive to CPR. Forty-eight percent of the time people with EDS struggle with the police, they die at the scene. More than 29 percent of the people with EDS who struggle with the police die in transit or at the hospital.
Identification and understanding of EDS has been increasing in recent years, with deaths relating to it being found not only in cases of deaths in custody but also in the deaths of football players who collapse on the field.
Dr. Bozeman then proceeded to describe how understanding of the syndrome has changed in addition to describing police department policies regarding the issue. He underlined the importance of understanding EDS as knowing the symptoms and how to treat it could save a person’s life. He then showed the members a slide show of a homicide case he worked in Houston where the victim suffered from EDS. He finished by discussing the personal liability associated with the improper handling of EDS sufferers.
Although he is sad to be leaving this semester, Dr. Bozeman assured the students he would not lay idle. Dr. Bozeman offered students the opportunity to assist him in researching information for a chapter he is writing in a book on 21st Century Terrorism: Recruitment and Training. It is an amazing opportunity. He also offered to serve as a source of information whenever students feel the need. His absence is already being greatly felt in the GSIS community.
ASIS International is a worldwide security organization with more than 30,000 members. The Eagle Committee is the only student-run branch in the world. It is a great networking and educational opportunity for anyone interested in the security profession. The membership is looking forward to great things in the coming months.
The Eagle Committee is proud to be adding an Operations Committee headed by Nicole Bender and Kelsi-Ann Woodburn. This committee will be the first of its kind and we are all looking forward to great things coming out of it. With a field trip to the Raytheon facility, the GSIS Career Fair, and future guest speakers such as Major McMahon and Professor Foley, all members are looking forward to a great year.
The next meeting will be held on Feb. 25 in Building 17, Room 133 at 5:00 p.m. All students are welcome to attend.