After the success of Polonious World 2017, we are looking forward to Polonious World 2018 and hope to see you all again in Sydney, Australia. Save the date – Thursday, August 2 for Polonious World 2018.

The Grace Hotel, located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, has again been chosen as the venue of preference. Speakers from Australia, the USA, the UK and New Zealand have been invited. The speakers have a wealth of experience in insurance, banking, education, law enforcement and private investigation. All have in common a drive to achieve professional outcomes with the highest level of integrity.

We are sure this will be an exciting, educational and inspiring event and a great opportunity to exchange stimulating ideas. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Conference Agenda

8:30amMorning Coffee
9:00amOpening Address
09:15amCase Management: A law enforcement perspective derived from practical experience in a complex, dynamic & unforgiving criminal justice system in the U.S.Tim Riley – Assistant Chief of Police, Los Angeles Port Police, POLA, CA
10:00amPolonious FuturesStuart Guthrie, Co-CEO, Polonious
10:30amMorning Tea
10:45amDisaster mapping and Intelligence – Geospatial Intelligence CenterRyan Bank, Managing Director – Geospatial Intelligence Center
11:30amThe impact of training on a new system rolloutDr Steve Epstein, VP of Technical Services, Polonious USA
12:00pmLunch & Book Launch – The Law of Fraud – An Australian Investigators GuideShane De Kauwe, Sales Director, Polonious
1:00pmThe International Association of Special Investigation UnitsDallas Barnes, IASIU Vice President / Farmers Insurance, SIU Zone Manager
1:45pmChild Safety and case managementSimon Davis, Director of Professional Standards at Australian Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits – Societas Jesu)
2:30pmWorkflow, process and driving efficiencyRick Shepherd, President, Polonious USA
3:00pmAfternoon Tea
3:15pmSintelix, analyzing Unstructured Data – With Power and EaseSteven Hebble, Regional Sales Manager, Sintelix Pty Ltd
3:45pmWhat’s new in 18.2Alastair Steel, Co-CEO, Polonious
4:30pmDrinks & Panel Discussion
Ryan Banks, Geospatial Intelligence Center



The Geospatial Intelligence Center is a not-for-profit organization within NICB. This insurance industry consortium delivers geospatial imagery and analytics, leading to more informed underwriting, better claims decisions, reducing fraud and faster catastrophe response. Its mission is to provide the most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date geospatial information for any address in the United States.


About the speaker

Ryan Bank is an Emerging Technology Expert and Innovation Evangelist who enables governments and corporate clients to gather Social and Open Source Intelligence. Besides advising governments and corporations on the use of Emerging Technology, he is also a featured speaker both nationally and internationally on the organizational value of Innovation. He also teaches at Northwestern University, examining the intersection of technology and global development.

Ryan also developed a system — deployed by the US Coast Guard — that used social media monitoring to find survivors after the 2010 Haiti earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Based on an extensive set of tools — including the remarkable work of several

Day after Hurricane IRMA

NGOs and Private Volunteer Organizations — he was able to monitor hundreds of thousands of messages coming from Haiti, looking for those that needed immediate rescue. Ultimately, this intelligence would be passed to commanders in the field and rescue teams were launched to the location.

Currently acting as a consulting partner with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) on developing the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC), that will be used to benefit their member insurance companies and, at the same time, support U.S. Government and non-governmental entities, in the form of disaster response capabilities and the application of emerging technology by providing a unique view of catastrophic incidents, both natural and man-made.




Timothy J. Riley - Assistant Chief of Police, Los Angeles Port Police, POLA, CA




“Case Management: A law enforcement perspective derived from practical experience in a complex, dynamic & unforgiving criminal justice system in the U.S.”

The presenter leverages his extensive law enforcement & private sector public safety experience to review criminal case management, typical of the 18,000+ law enforcement agencies in the U.S. A compelling argument is made to promote the need to leverage a formal and automated case management solution for criminal investigations to increase case solving and administrative oversight. The presentation includes the emotional review, from personal experience, of a media sensitive horrific double murder case that challenged the criminal justice system and strained police resources required to solve and manage the investigation.

About Timothy:

Public Safety Consultant, Los Angeles Port Police, Port of Los Angeles (POLA), CA
• Assistant Chief of Police, Los Angeles Port Police, POLA, CA
• Over 5 Years of Experience as Worldwide Law Enforcement Subject Matter Expert for IBM
• Over 5 Years of Experience as Chief Information Officer for the Los Angeles Police
• Over 15 Years of Information Technology Direct Management Experience
• Over Twenty Seven Years of Police Management Experience
• Designed, Implemented, and Managed Successful High Profile Technology Projects
• Extensive Experience

Master of Arts – Public Administration, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice, California State University Fullerton
Associate of Arts – Administration of Justice, Saddleback College.

Shane De Kauwe - Book Launch ||The Law of Fraud - An Australian Investigators Guide||

Why understanding fraud law gives investigators an advantage!

“Shane will cover a fraud scenario with some investigational options. In this case why investigators should take into account “jurisdiction” and how one jurisdiction choice over another provides an investigative advantage”.

About Shane:

Experienced Leader of international sales organisations and multinational teams to exceed revenue and profit goals.

Expert in the application of technology and process, to Law Enforcement, Financial Crime, and National Security.

Fraud/Crime Analysis
Investigations Mangement (Internal, external and ethical risk reduction)
Executive Leadership of Software Sales Organisations;
Global Market Expansion;
Business Partner Channel Management / Development;
Complex Negotiations; and
Key Account Management.

Stuart Guthrie, Co-CEO, Polonious futures.

Stuart will cover the roadmap for Polonious in the coming releases. From Visualisation, new User Interface to netflix-inspired scalability that will allow organisations with 1,000s of user, to execute cases securely across the world.

About Stuart:

Stuart Guthrie Co-CEO, Polonious.

Stuart has extensive experience in most forms of information technology and their efficient use in companies varying in size from SME to Fortune 100 organisations. These experiences have led to development and marketing of several successful products sold in Asia, Europe, USA and Australia/NZ.

Stuart has a background as a software developer with several open source projects and entire business systems developed solo as well as team leading. Languages include COBOL, PHP, Java, Progress 4GL, Javascript frameworks and Pentaho BI. Whilst software development is not his day job, it’s still a passion and area of interest. Currently, microservices, user experience and secure scalability are particularly of interest.


Dallas G. Barnes, IASIU Vice President / Farmers Insurance, SIU Zone Manager


About Dallas

Dallas has over 27 years of experience managing claims and Special Investigations Unit fraud investigations. He is an industry leader in the fight against catastrophe fraud including contractor fraud. He has had the opportunity to speak as a subject matter expert for numerous groups including IFM, NICB, ATAC, The Texas Department of Insurance and IASIU.

Dallas is currently the Vice President of the International Association of Special Investigation Units. This is his third term on the Board of Directors for IASIU.

Alastair Steel Co-CEO, Polonious - What's new in 18.2

Alastair will cover the new release of Polonious, it’s new features and some of the implementations benefiting from the roll out over the last 6 months. This is a must-see for current Polonious clients.

Speaker: Alastair Steel, Co-CEO. Polonious

About Alastair:

Alastair has direct experience with Law Enforcement, SIU management, Private Investigation and Criminal Investigation specializing in investigation methodology. Interested in improving investigation methodology, reporting and compliance with the use of technology.

Alastair has guided the rollout of the Polonious Investigation Management System to over 50 organizations across the globe with varied business processes and requirements from large insurance carriers to small forensic teams. Each now has a customized solution to meet their needs.

Specialities: Improving investigation processes within Law Enforcement, Insurance Carriers, SIUs and PI companies to realize a greater return on investment.


Richard Shepherd, President of Polonious USA


“We use the term ‘workflow process’ to describe what we do, but what does it actually mean?  Why are systems that capture a process superior to those that are merely a database?”  

Rick will be discussing how workflow process systems drive productivity and efficiency and how your organizational goals can be met through using them.

About the speaker

Rick Shepherd is the president of Polonious Investigation Management Systems and has been in senior management in the fraud investigation arena for over two decades.  His focus has been bringing systems and solutions to investigative organizations and helping managers build their units through workflow management, metrics, and analysis.


Simon Davies, Director of Professional Standards, Australian Province of the Society of Jesus


The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was announced in 2012 and completed it’s work and recommendations early this year, 2018. It was a very comprehensive review with more than 8,000 private sessions held and 2575 referrals to authorities resultant.

The presenter has extensive experience, since leaving the Australian Federal Police, into prevention and investigation of Child Safety cases in school systems and other institutions. This presentation will cover:

  • The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Safety Workflows & Case Studies

<h4>About the Speaker<h4>

Simon is the Director of Professional Standards for the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He oversees all staff & volunteer professional standards and conduct within the Australian Province. Simon leads and directs the development, implementation and maintenance of best practice standards concerning professional conduct with a particular focus on the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Simon is accomplished in undertaking highly sensitive, secret and complex investigations in both the civil and criminal arenas. Bringing experience as a former Australian Federal Police Detective and senior manager within the hospitality industry, Simon’s highly recognised and awarded expertise spans:

• counterterrorism
• law enforcement
• investigations
• compliance
• safeguarding children & young people
• complaint management
• conflict resolution
• employee misconduct
• negotiation
• mediation
• physical and technical surveillance
• technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM)
• cyber safety
• covert and overt methods of entry
• security risk assessments

Simon has undertaken countless investigations involving various offences and crime types including:

• terrorism
• assault
• grooming
• bribery
• aviation security
• drug importation
• organised crime
• counterfeit currency
• money laundering
• fraud
• sexual harassment
• corruption
• bullying
• professional misconduct
• sexual assault

Simon is an accredited mediator who utilises alternative dispute resolution principles and practices to assist people in collaboratively resolving disputes.

He is a regular speaker on the safeguarding and protection of children, employee professional standards and conduct, escalated complaint resolution, cyber safety and terrorism.


Dr. Steve Epstein Ph.D. - Effective Training


Effective training is an invaluable factor when it comes to generating a positive attitude towards the system and boosting the acceptance of users. Thus, there must be a training plan, and it should take into account both technical staff and end-users, with its scope depending on the type of training approach selected. Training should be specialized for the different types of users as not all users participate in the use of the software in the same way.

About Steve:

Dr. Epstein earned his Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University specializing in the training of enterprise systems. He is also a 19-year veteran of technology relating to the insurance industry where he worked as the Director and technical lead for an MGA and a leading fraud investigation firm in the USA. He currently holds the position of VP of Technology Services for Polonious USA.

Steve Hebble - Sintelix, analyzing Unstructured Data - with power and ease

Sintelix, analyzing Unstructured Data – With Power and Ease

About the Speaker

Steve Hebble is an experienced business and customer-driven sales executive with an established capacity to develop opportunities with a combination of commitment, drive and enthusiasm. He is experienced in the Intelligence Analysis space and possess a comprehensive understanding of the functions and use of investigation and intelligence tools. Steve enjoys building and maintaining a level of trust relationship with clients and working with the client to find solutions to their problems.

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