Council of International Investigators Elects Howard Griffiths, Security Service Consultants Pty Ltd Managing Director to International Executive Board

Written by John Stewart

The Council of International Investigators (CII) was founded 63 years ago in October 1955 by a group of respected private investigators in Chicago, Illinois. Their objective was to create a close knit organization whose members could be trusted to professionally undertake investigatory matters in their respective local areas. An emphasis on professionalism and ethical behaviour were endorsed as key operational measures.

As the exemplary reputation of this professional group became known due to its high standards of integrity, ethics, and mutual trust, other investigators sought membership. The original group expanded the membership and areas of worldwide coverage through careful selective screening of applicants. The CII is now recognised as, arguably, the foremost and most prestigious investigations organisation worldwide.

CII membership is restricted to individuals and not corporations and is highly regarded as it confers, on individual member s selected for certified membership status, participation in a well-established , professionally managed organisation with a global footprint and with proven impeccable and uniform credentials in the investigations industry. Applicants for certified membership require to be endorsed by a serving CII member, to undergo an international background due diligence audit, have a minimum of 5 years specifically relevant experience and to have owned or managed an investigations business for a minimum of 3 years.

The adoption of and strict adherence to the CII Code of Ethics, By-Laws and Rules and Regulations has received universal approval by public law enforcement agencies, legislatures and public officials. It also assures CII clients of the highest professional standards in the pursuit of their interests both locally and, through referrals, internationally.

CII membership currently includes over 400 certified members of 12 Regional offices in 66 countries on 6 continents with the international HQ in Seattle USA. (https://www.cii2.org/board-members-and-officers)

At the 2018 CII Annual General Meeting held in Hong Kong 28th August through September 1, Howard Griffiths the Managing Director of Johannesburg based Security Service Consultants Pty Ltd (SSC) was appointed to the International CII Board. Howard also retains his CII Africa Region 3 Director position which he has held for the past 2 years. Howard Griffiths is the third generation owner of SSC (established in 1962) and has been in business for nearly 60 years making us one of South Africa’s oldest security investigation concerns. SSC a Pan-African corporate intelligence firm headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa offers professionally delivered, bespoke Business Intelligence & Security Solutions to clients in all sectors of the emerging markets in Africa and Globally. Howard Griffiths has been actively involved in the South African security industry for over 35 years, and has been personally involved in some of the company’s largest cases. These include investigations into cases involving grand fraud, industrial espionage, and counter intelligence and surveillance. Howard Griffiths is also the co-owner SSC Training that provides Hostile Environment Awareness Training (H.E.A.T.) courses to corporate travelers to prepare themselves with the self-reliance and survival knowledge necessary to address risks and challenges inherent in operating in unfamiliar and hostile environments with confidence.

A graduate of the South African Institute of Security (SAIS), he was also past chairman of the Gauteng Branch of the South African Security Association (SASA,) where he sat on SASA’s National Council. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, South African Chapter. At the 2018 CII Annual General Meeting held in Hong Kong 28th August through September 1, Howard Griffiths was appointed to the International CII Board. Howard also retains his CII Africa Region 3 Director position which he has held for the past 2 years.

SSC was established in 1962 and is South Africa’s oldest privately owned and managed Security, Corporate Intelligence & Investigations Consultancy. SSC’s broad range of services can be accessed via the website – www.sscsecurity.co.za or by contacting Howard Griffiths on telephone +27 11 786 8556.

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