Douglas Knisely, owner/operator:

Douglas Knisely was awarded a lifetime Certified Protection Professional (CPP) in 2002. The Certified Protection Professional program was established in 1977 by American Society for Industrial Security, which is the leading organization of security professionals necessary to professional security practice, to establish standards for the knowledge and experience that should characterize professional practitioners, and to certify individuals who met these standards and demonstrated mastery of the profession’s fundamentals. A difficult battery of mandatory and optional exams was developed to test this mastery. Re certification is required every three years by showing proof of continuing education and active participation in professional organizations.

Additional background information:

  • Started his shredding career doing DoD Classified document destruction.
  • Held DOD secret clearance
  • 38 years in law enforcement and security
  • Graduate of the PA State Police Academy
  • Obtained and maintained his CPP certification since 1987.
  • Licensed Private Investigator
  • Security Consultant in negligent security matters dealing specifically to document destruction.
  • Safe Schools Security Consultant
  • Co-authored “Security Evaluation and Planning Guide for Schools”.
  • Produced “Self Defense for School Teachers” video.


Federal Trade Commission News:

Douglas Knisely, CPP and Brian Baker, MA, CPP were invited to Washington, DC and met with FTC officials on July 24, 2007. After a brief history of the shredding industry, a presentation titled “What Shredding Services Don’t Want You To Know” was conducted. A question and answer period followed. The main points of discussion were: shred size: background checks; false advertising and deception in the industry.

What others are saying about our claims:

Department of Health & Human Services- Office for Civil Rights, Region III.

January 9, 2008-"OCR will not be able to accept your complaint for investigation. The Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities."your Correspondence indicates that you have collected information regarding how this shredding proves's operates. It would be helpful to have such information for our reference when reviewing the activities of covered entities which are subject to privacy rule, and which may at some point utilize the shredding trucks described  in your complaint." The trucks we’re speaking of are the pierce-and-tear. They acknowledged receipt of the provided information.


Department of Labor- Office of Inspector General (see on home page)

This office was looking for the best method to shred documents and possibly initiate a department shred policy.

December 2007- "Everything you’ve said about this industry has proven to be true."

January 2008- "thank you for the samples. They are wonderful. That's exactly what I wanted to see. Thanks to you, we

Re going with a company called_______________. They’re not necessarily the cheapest, but they provide the hammer mill style shred. Thanks for all your help and I’ll keep your information on file for reference."


Congressman John E. Peterson’s office

January 31, 2007 - "I believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVC) has taken action to resolve this issue. Thank you for your interest in bringing this security/privacy issue forward; otherwise, this matter may not have been addressed for some time."


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