Is American Police Force Just a Scam?

For the backstory see Mysterious security firm in Hardin, Montana raises questions I told you in that post that it was a weird story and it gets even more weird. I told my husband last night the website looked like photos were swiped from the movie Black Hawk Down….who knows, maybe they were. And Bolero playing on the site was just plain creepy. (I think the music has been removed.) Remember I said the website looked like something that should be www.MercsRUS.com? It just might be something that silly.

From the American Police Force website (link below) comes this tidbit:

Our extensive tactical firearms training facility, the U.S. Training Center is capable of providing a wide range of instruction and training for all types of law enforcement organizations. From basic firearms training to complex SWAT tactics our corps of instructors can meet all your training requirements.Source APF website

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The American Police Force lays claim to the U.S. Training Center as being “ours”.  But who really is behind the U.S. Training Center?  That would be Blackwater, also known as XE Services, and as the U.S. Training Center.

As a matter of fact, the language is the exact same language used at the XE Services’ (Blackwater) website.

Our extensive tactical firearms training facility, the U.S. Training Center (USTC) is capable of providing a wide range of instruction and training for all types of law enforcement organizations. From basic firearms training to complex SWAT tactics our corps of instructors can meet all your training requirements.

What the hell?  American Police Force website using the exact same language as the Blackwater website?  Hold on…..there’s more websites who have been victims of APF’s plagiarism.

APF Claims Also Found on Other Websites

The American Police Force, in it’s section on experience claims:

American Police Force has years of experience and vast global resources to provide timely and professional international investigation services. Our highly trained staff will discover information that fits your needs to get the answers you need. Some of our services include Kidknapping & Ransoms for ransom, INTL Air Marshalls, Security for convoys in Iraq, Pakistan + More! SOURCE

PDI Investigations has almost an identical claim on their website:

PDI utilizes years of experience and vast global resources to provide timely and professional international investigation services. Our accredited staff will help uncover information pertinent to your needs to get you the answers you desire. Some of our expertise includes personal/corporate surveillance, investigating kidnappings for ransom, and unresolved murder investigations.SOURCE

On the American Police Force webpage under Investigative Services it says:

In all cases, private detectives and investigators assist attorneys, businesses, and the public with a variety of legal, financial, and personal problems.

On the Junior Achievement webpage we find the exact same verbage:

In all cases, private detectives and investigators assist attorneys, businesses, and the public with a variety of legal, financial, and personal problems.

On the American Police Force page about cruise ships it says:

Cruise ships are like a small city where passengers are encouraged to forget their troubles and relax once onboard ship. It is natural for passengers on vacation to let their guard down, especially when out to sea in a resort-like setting. My advice: Don’t let a false sense of security aboard a cruise ruin your vacation by becoming a crime victim.

Oddly enough, the exact same thing appears on Crime Doctor’s article on Cruise Ship Security:

Cruise Ship Security
Travel Security & Safety
by Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM
Cruise Ship Security

Cruise ships are like a small city where passengers are encouraged to forget their troubles and relax once onboard ship. It is natural for passengers on vacation to let their guard down, especially when out to sea in a resort-like setting. My advice: Don’t let a false sense of security aboard a cruise ruin your vacation by becoming a crime victim. Before you ship out, take these preventative steps:

I found this doing an Internet search for their Mission Statement. APF’s Mission Statement:

OUR MISSION: Maintaining our well deserved professional reputation as a results oriented full service private investigative agency by way of commitment, diligence, unique resources, creativity, and tenacity on behalf of our clients.

From MCM Investigation:

Our Mission: Maintaining our well deserved professional reputation as a results oriented full service private investigative agency by way of commitment, diligence, unique resources, creativity, and tenacity on behalf of our Clients.

I also found this from the American Police Force About APF Section:

We observe sites, such as the home of a subject, from an inconspicuous location. The surveillance continues using still and video cameras, binoculars, and a cell phone, until the desired evidence is obtained. They also may perform computer database searches, or work with someone who does. Computers allow detectives and investigators to quickly obtain massive amounts of information on individuals’ prior arrests, convictions, and civil legal judgments; telephone numbers; motor vehicle registrations; association and club memberships; and other matters.

Also found at About the Private Detective:

They may observe a site, such as the home of a subject, from an inconspicuous location or a vehicle. They continue the surveillance, which is often carried out using still and video cameras, binoculars, and a cell phone, until the desired evidence is obtained. This watching and waiting often continues for a long time.

Detectives also may perform computer database searches or work with someone who does. Computers allow investigators to quickly obtain massive amounts of information on individuals’ prior arrests, convictions, and civil legal judgments; telephone numbers; motor vehicle registrations; association and club memberships; and other matters.

From APF’s Services section:

The duties of private detectives and investigators depend on the needs of their client. In cases for employers involving workers’ fraudulent compensation claims, for example, investigators may carry out long-term covert observation of subjects. When an investigator researches a workers’ compensation claim, we generally take video or still photographs to document the activity and report it.

From the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Private Detectives and Investigators section:

The duties of private detectives and investigators depend on the needs of their clients. In cases that involve fraudulent workers’ compensation claims, for example, investigators may carry out long-term covert observation of a person suspected of fraud. If an investigator observes him or her performing an activity that contradicts injuries stated in a worker’s compensation claim, the investigator would take video or still photographs to document the activity and report it to the client.

From APF Exerience Section

Private detectives and investigators offer many services, including executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; pre-employment verification; and individual background profiles. They also provide assistance in civil liability and personal injury cases. SOURCE

From Worldwide Learn:

Private detectives and investigators offer many services for individual, corporate and government clients, including executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; pre-employment verification; and individual background profiles.
SOURCE

Domestic Services Section from APF

Verify facts, such as an individual’s place of employment or income, missing persons and background checks, assist attorneys, businesses, and the public with a variety of legal, financial, and personal problems. Determining spouse’s committment, etc. SOURCE

From HG.Org
Private detectives and investigators use many means to determine the facts in a variety of matters. To carry out investigations, they may use various types of surveillance or searches. To verify facts, such as an individual’s place of employment or income, they may make phone calls or visit a subject’s workplace. In other cases, especially those involving missing persons and background checks, investigators often interview people to gather as much information as possible about an individual. In all cases, private detectives and investigators assist attorneys, businesses, and the public with a variety of legal, financial, and personal problems.

http://www.hg.org/services.html

APF head Hilton has criminal past

CODY, Wyo. – Michael Hilton of American Police Force arrived in Hardin with promises of Mercedes police cars and expertise in operating prisons. He delivered the cars last week, but may have learned about prisons following a 1993 conviction for grand theft.

Public records from police and state and federal courts in California show that Michael Anthony Hilton, using that name and more than a dozen aliases over several years, is cited in multiple criminal, civil and bankruptcy cases, and was sentenced in 1993 to two years in state prison in California.

Hilton pleaded guilty in March 1993 to 14 felonies, including 10 counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft and three counts of diversion of construction funds, according to Orange County court records. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.

Court records in that case list his real name as Michael Hilton, but they also include the aliases Midrag Ilia Dokovitch, Midrag Ilia Dokovich and Michael Miodrag.

Hilton, who speaks heavily accented English, has told reporters that he is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Montenegro, a country bordering Serbia, and once part of the former Republic of Yugoslavia.REST OF ARTICLE

American Police Force a Scam?

The head honcho for APF in Montana pled guilty to 14 felonies.   The website is obviously a mishmash of stuff taken from all kinds of sources including a government website.

This company shows up in Hardin, Montana driving vehicles with Hardin Police Department  decals….Mercedes, no less, and nobody really knows who the hell they are?  What legitimate company impersonates a police department that doesn’t exist? The agreement with American Police Force was heavily promoted by the city’s economic development branch, Two Rivers Authority.  Michael Hilton said he had a job discussion with Kerri Smith, wife of Two Rivers Authority Executive Director Greg Smith, who was placed on unpaid leave two weeks ago for unknown reasons.    Kerri Smith is the city’s mayoral candidate who said when asked about APF, “We can’t panic. You just go with the flow and everything will be fine.”

I admit I first thought it might be Blackwater, but after further investigation if I had to vote, I would vote APF is a scam.  I guess it’s possible someone just did a very poor job of making a website, plagiarizing most of it, but I don’t think so.  APF has a lot of explaining to do.

Thanks to debbierlus of Democratic Underground for the link between APF and Blackwater, and to fishwax of Democratic Underground for figuring out that much of  the information that appears on APF website appears to have been take from other websites.
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23 Responses to Is American Police Force Just a Scam?

  1. Wizcon says:

    Shawna Forde on steroids?

    Sage Reply:

    Something like that. The whole durn website is bits and pieces from other websites.

  2. kert says:

    Jeez, Sage, did you really do all that research by yourself? Wow! Pretty impressive.

    Perhaps it’s a scam, or perhaps the web site was set up by a major plagiarist, like perhaps Joe Biden. :-)

    If they rolled into town impersonating police, then I would think they could all be prosecuted.

    Sage Reply:

    As I indicated at the bottom of the post other people found some of the initial information that sent me on the hunt. Once it became apparent they had copied other websites on a couple of things, I started searching further and found 4 or 5 things they also copied. I quit after awhile. It was enough to make the point.

  3. AliSilver says:

    You know I heard one comment that maybe they were a rinky dink outfit, who liked to EMBELLISH their history and themselves in hopes of GETTING bigger contracts ! I wonder about that. We’ve all seen a movie where some woefully inadequate chaps try to appear more competent than they are ……..and of course a lot of slapstick comedy ensues ! However, in this case, if these guys really are pretty much a joke? Who the heck has given them run of the city? OR OMG,,,,,,,, what if it’s a big PR stunt? I guess the question is do they want ATTENTION and PUBLICITY ? Or not? That would answer a lot of questions. Who’s paying their salary ?

  4. AliSilver says:

    Now I remember the example…. when the newest Mission Impossible movie was about to come out few years ago , they had gone around and put signs up around city blocks. I cannot remember the specifics,,, but it was a PR stunt gone wrong because folks freaked out !

  5. Barga says:

    do you have a life? Just wondering
    .-= Barga´s last blog ..Why We Should Be Scared Of H1N1 =-.

    Sage Reply:

    Who me? Why would you ask that?

    Barga Reply:

    @Sage,
    yes you, i mean, come on, you research the company like right after discovering that it exists

    that said, what is this @ buisness on here?

    ABCs of Columbus Sports – All about the Buckeyes, Blue Jackets, and Clippers!
    .-= Barga´s last blog ..Blu-ray Review: Fringe – The Complete First Season =-.

    Sage Reply:

    @Barga, the @ shows who you are responding to, if it annoys everyone I can remove it.

    My computer time is usually interrupted by other things…so I do a little at a time in between other activities.

    Barga Reply:

    Don’t like it at all. If the comments were numbered, and you could have it say @####, it would be better

    anyways, I was more or less pointing out that you had this post about the orginazation, and then like 10 minutes later had a shitton of research done. Seriously, that is insane, and is why i asked if you did anything else

    ABCs of Columbus Sports – All about the Buckeyes, Blue Jackets, and Clippers!
    .-= Barga´s last blog ..Blu-ray Review: Fringe – The Complete First Season =-.

    Sage Reply:

    The research actually took hours. The post came after some of the research was done. and yes, I do a lot of other things.

    Barga Reply:

    @Sage, My point is that this was up so quickly

    nevermind
    .-= Barga´s last blog ..Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth =-.

    Sage Reply:

    That’s because I’m quick. ;-)

    Sage Reply:

    Sorry you don’t like it, but I think it makes it clearer who is being answered and now each comment has a reply button. (Up to ten in a thread.) I have to go with the options available and the @ is the option available with the plugin.

    Barga Reply:

    @Sage, now that you have replies for everything, it works perfectly

    also, ander is batshit insane
    .-= Barga´s last blog ..Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth =-.

    Sage Reply:

    Oh, good grief.

    The decision to grant Obama the Nobel Peace Prize was no doubt carefully negotiated with the Norwegian Committee at the highest levels of the US government. It has far reaching implications.

    Just what the world needs, another conspiracy theory.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Sage, :O Conspiracy theory? I’m on it !!!!!!!!!

    Sage Reply:

    LOL….you’re so funny. Go for it, girlfriend!

    barga Reply:

    @Sage, psh, it was put in place by Kenya, his real land
    .-= barga´s last blog ..Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth =-.

    timesr Reply:

    @barga,

    Perhaps Europeans, who are not burdened by GOP rhetoric 24/7 along with Limbaugh 15 hours a week, have a different perspective.

    barga Reply:

    @timesr, pick up sarcasm much?
    .-= barga´s last blog ..Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth =-.

  6. AliSilver says:

    “In yet another unprecedented move, the Norwegian Committee has selected the Chupacabra and the New Jersey Devil to hand deliver the prize to POTUS.”” :)

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