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John Standish

John Standish

Chief John Standish, retired, is a 32-year veteran of California law enforcement, first serving in the California Highway Patrol and then in the Fraud Division of the California Department of Insurance. Standish has more than 25 years of experience in investigating, supervising and managing insurance fraud cases in California. He was responsible for statewide operations, district attorney grant funding programs, legislation and regulations for the California anti-fraud programs.

Chief Standish is a past president of the California Peace Officers’ Association and is a member of the International Police Chiefs Association and the Police Futurists International Society and is past president of the Northern California Fraud Investigators’ Association. He also serves on the advisory board to the University of San Francisco, International Criminal Justice Leadership Institute.

Standish graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in organizational behavior, and the California Peace Officer Standards Training Commission (POST) – Command College, Class 44.

He is currently a consultant to the SAS Institute, the world’s largest privately held software company, for the criminal justice-public safety and fraud framework programs. He is also consulting to the insurance industry for first party bad-faith litigation involving Special Investigations Unit operations and insurance fraud.

Recent Articles by John Standish

Enhancing Claims Experience With AI

Insurtech and artificial intelligence (AI) have become the new buzz words and mantra in the insurance industry. Creativity and innovation are thriving in Silicon Valley with more than 1,600 technology companies in the insurtech space for underwriting and claims. If you remember, back in the 1990s, experts predicted that if your company was not an […]

2 Concepts on Social Media and Analytics

Recently, our team attended the Silicon Valley Insurance Disruption symposium and were privileged to engage in a number of conversations with insurance industry leaders, and innovators in technology. One of the conversations I had with an individual revolved around social media and how it has changed our society; the way people communicate; and how people […]

Inside Perspective on Auto Fraud, Part 1

This is Part 1 in a two-part series on automobile insurance fraud. Introduction Traffic engineers would love to unblock the clogged arteries of Southern California’s freeway system, where rush hour is anything but “rush” — more like gridlock. But in a land where one’s car is one’s empire, one’s freedom and personal statement, carpooling is […]

Speed To Detection: A Progressive And Strategic Concept Using Advanced Anti-Fraud Analytics

Insurers must transform strategies for combating complex crime rings.

Speed To Detection: A Progressive And Strategic Concept Using Advanced Anti-Fraud Analytics

The recent natural disasters in Oklahoma and New Jersey, and the wildfire season in the western United States, have a lot in common when one thinks both of insurance risk — plus the intended and unintended consequences of these events. The insurance industry knows natural disasters will happen. The industry thus creates and follows protocols […]

An Inside Perspective On Automobile Insurance Fraud, Part 2

This is Part 2 in a two-part series on automobile insurance fraud. Part 1 in the series appears here. Who Participates In This Type Of Insurance Fraud? Just about anyone. You'd be surprised. Even people who consider themselves upstanding citizens will get drawn into the business, because they see it as a victimless crime. One […]

An Inside Perspective On Automobile Insurance Fraud, Part 1

This is Part 1 in a two-part series on automobile insurance fraud. Part 2 in the series can be found here. Introduction Traffic engineers would love to unblock the clogged arteries of Southern California's freeway system, where rush hour is anything but “rush” — more like gridlock. But in a land where one's car is […]

Leveraging Best Practices With Advanced Analytics: Making the Right Decisions in Fraud Investigation

Someone once told me that when you become the leader of an organization, there is usually not a blueprint or map given to you to follow on a path to success. Indeed, it is healthy and good for personal and professional growth to step out of your circle of comfort to embark on new assignments […]

Creative Problem Solving Will Result In Reduced Insurance Fraud

There are some very interesting and emerging trends regarding insurance fraud. Sadly, the resources to address these problems are not commensurate with the need to combat fraud in the most effective manner. State and local government budgets have been reduced greatly, which often puts white-collar criminal investigation as the “luxury item” category in a law […]

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