Archive for the ‘Security Services’ Category

Parking Garage Security Guard Arrested For Sexual Assault

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Sandiego News 10news .com 

SAN DIEGO — A downtown security guard was behind bars for trying to sexually assault four women in a parking garage elevator, then taking a $100 bill from one of them, police said.

The crime in the parking garage at 2nd Avenue and A Street occurred about 12:35 a.m., said San Diego police Sgt. Alan Hayward.

The victims were walking to their car when a security guard directed them to into an elevator he was holding open, Hayward said. While on the elevator, the guard stopped the car, pulled out a hunting knife, then ordered them to disrobe, Hayward said. One of the victims offered the man a $100 bill to let them go, and he agreed, Hayward said. The victims went to police, and the suspect was arrested when the young women identified him as the one, Hayward said. Police withheld the suspect’s name.

Security Guards Questioned After Milwaukee Nightclub Shooting

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Police: Victims Were Involved In Argument Inside Club. Channel 3000

MILWAUKEE — Three security guards were questioned by police on Monday following a fatal nightclub shooting in Milwaukee this weekend.

One man was killed and another wounded outside Club Escape just before 2 a.m. A 27-year-old man died after being shot multiple times in the chest. A 32-year-old man, who was wounded, is in stable condition at a local hospital. Police said the shooting victims were involved in an argument inside the nightclub before they were asked to leave. The shooting happened after the men went to their car. Investigators said the security guards / bouncers might have been involved in an exchange of gunfire with the two men.

Ghana: Anglogold Security Guards Beaten Unconscious

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

 Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)

Nana Asante Albert
Obuasi

SIX PRIVATE Security personnel contracted by Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA), Obuasi mine to guard the STP Run of Mine Pad concession of the company were on Friday attacked by unknown gangs.

Five of the security men with the Ghanatta Securities are currently on admission at the company’s hospital (Edwin Cade) receiving treatment while the other person, Mr. Kwasi Kodea believed to be in his forties and whose condition is said to be critical has since been transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi .

The other five on admission are Messrs Abraham Kwaku Mensah, 34, Fred Addai, 39, Oppong Joseph, 27, Kofi Kyei, 38 and Kwaku Oteng, 27.

Briefing newsmen at the hospital, Mr. Mensah who acted as spokesman said they were discharging their normal duties at the area around 7 : 15 pm when they were confronted by about 40 unknown persons.

He continued that the group pleaded with them to allow them enter the premises to embark on an illegal mining (galamsey), which they resisted.

He further explained that a member of the group stressed, “We came here in peace but if you people fail to grant us our demands, then we will show you our power”,

While exchanging words with them the group all of a sudden pounced on them with cutlasses and other offensive weapons which resulted in their injuries.

 

He said in all they were eleven security guards stationed at the area “but as I speak now, we do not know the where about of the other five”.

Friends and family members of the victims who thronged Edwin Cade hospital around 10: 45 pm last Friday after the news broke out in separate interviews with The Chronicle appealed to Management of the company and the general public to assist in locating the where about of the other five.

At the time of filing this report, the five were yet to be located.

 

Security Guard Accused Of Assault Arrested

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― The security guard accused of punching a 16-year-old and breaking his jaw has been arrested.

Joshua Streator, 24, was arrested this afternoon and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on the felony charge of battery with great bodily injury. The charges stem from an alleged attack by Streator on Jeff Yazel, a Safeway employee, earlier this month.

Yazel, 16, says he was at the South Sacramento store gathering up shopping carts left in the parking lot, when a Brinks security service truck pulled up and two armed security guards got out and walked to a nearby Wells Fargo bank. Jeff says that as he continued to gather the carts he looked over at the truck, impressed with its appearance. Apparently a third security guard inside the truck, Streator, thought Yazel was glaring at him.

Yazel says he was in the middle of the parking lot when he heard footsteps behind him. He turned around to find Streator standing in front of him and asked him if he wanted to fight. Yazel says that Streator then hit him in the jaw, then left.

Despite the fact that his jaw was broken in the attack and is now wired shut, Yazel is vocal about the ordeal. He says he hopes that justice can be served.

Streator’s bail has been set at $25,000.

Security Guard Didn’t Deserve To Die

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

CHICAGO — A vigil was held on Tuesday for a security guard who was killed outside a Chicago clothing store last Friday. 

NBC5’s Alex Perez reported that Harold Long’s family said not only did Long work as a security guard, he dreamed of opening his own security guard company.

“Someone took his life for clothes,” said Long’s sister, Shauntamika Friley Green, through tears. “Not even $200 worth of clothes!”

Long, 22, was shot and killed while trying to stop three armed masked robbers from stealing clothes and shoes from the “Get M Girlz” clothing store, located at 2547 W. 63rd St. “My brother didn’t even get a chance to get to know his nephews,” Green said. “All he wanted to do was work.” Residents and community activists marched in the neighborhood, Perez reported, calling for both peace and justice. “We’re living in fear out here and it’s not OK,” said Ameena Mathews of Cease Fire, an anti-violence organization. “I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve watched the neighborhood change,” said 15th Ward Ald. Toni Foulkes. “I don’t know about some people, but I know I’m sick and tired of it.” Eric Henderson, who owns the clothing store, had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen. Perez reported the reward offer was increased to $6,000. “We don’t have foreign terrorists — we have local terrorists here,” he said. The incident was captured on the store’s video surveillance cameras, Perez reported, and Chicago Police Cmdr. Leo Schmitz said authorities were still working on enhancing the tape. “Anytime you have video in any kind of crime, it helps us immensely at the start of the crime,” he said. Green pleaded with the gunmen to turn themselves in to authorities. “My brother didn’t deserve to die like that,” she said.

Licensing Plan for Security Officers in Scotland Hits Snag

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

 Despite requirements, more than half of potential licensees not signed up

Evening Times (Glasgow)
via NewsEdge Corporation 

MORE than half of Scotland’s bouncers and security firms have failed to sign up to a licensing scheme that comes into force in a week.

New rules introduced by regulatory body the Security Industry Authority will affect around 17,000 security and door staff in Scotland, including up to 7000 in the Glasgow area.

But a week before the scheme, which is designed to get rid of rogue security workers, comes into force only 8000 have secured the licence they will need to do their job.

It means up to 9000 workers could face fines of up to GBP5000 or six months in prison for not having the required paperwork.

Security Industry Authority bosses say the industry has known about the legislation, which is effective from next Thursday, for two years and people have had plenty of time to apply for a licence.

A spokeswoman said: “There are always going to be those who think they do not need a licence, but there is no reason why they should not have one. No-one can say they did not know about it.

“Our mantra has always been – be licensed and be legal.”

From next Thursday door supervisors, security guards, CCTV operators and bodyguards will all require a licence.

The documents, which come with a photographic security badge and individual number, are approved and distributed by SIA, which manages licensing of the private security industry in the UK.

They show the individual is properly trained, qualified and fit and proper for the role.

Those requiring a licence should have applied by the beginning of September to ensure they received their badge.

However, licensing experts believe there are a backlog of applications still being dealt that has been partly caused by the recent postal strike.

Eddie Tobin, of Glasgow Nightclub Forum, said: “In recent weeks there has been an enormous number of applications, but they have not been processed.

“The SIA said it would take four to six weeks to process, but that has been extended to eight.

“You would be mad to to think everybody will have their badge by next week, but they should have applied for one.

“I am sure there are some people who are ignoring the legislation, but that is a foolish thing to do.”

TIMESFILE

More than 100,000 doormen are employed by UK pubs and clubs.

The tough legislation comes in on November 1 but was first proposed in 2003. It brings Scotland in line with England and Wales.

Criminal record and identity checks are mandatory for anyone wanting to work as a doorman and they must undergo training.

It will be an offence to work in the security business without a licence

Just a Security Guard?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The deception of perception

KEITH R. LAVERY
Officer.com & SecurityInfoWatch.com

Remember the old adage, “Never judge a book by its cover”? I think it is safe to say that most of us still do, even though we are supposed to be “trained observers” or think from an investigative perspective. However, I have experienced that when law enforcement officers (LEOs) interact with security officers, the police types seem to shun those not driving a black and white.

As I look back over my police career, spanning the last 17 years, I can vividly recall responding to incidents where the local security officer was at the scene first. After clearing the call, officers I worked with would make snide remarks toward the security officer, such as “wannabe,” “just a (expletive) guard,” or something negative to that effect. I also remembered when I was in college and working part-time as an LEO I decided to work with a private investigator for additional hours so that I could make ends meet. This particular PI was a former police sergeant for a decent-size Ohio agency who told me, and evidently I have never forgotten it, “You will either get into security and then police work, or retire from police work and then go to security.” The PI told me that one is a natural extension of the other. He left public service for the private sector because he had a wife and three kids; he doubled his salary. He wanted to give his family what he never had growing up, and he found out that the private sector was a lot more lucrative than working rotating shifts for the city. If you have done the job long enough and are like most cops, you can probably recall chasing bad guys on foot through dark alleys at “zero dark 30″ in the morning for what seemed like nickel and dime compensation. Heck, I can remember doing just that for $6.00 an hour, and that was in 1993.

So why do cops treat security officers, or “guards”–whatever you want to call their occupation, although I think the term “guard” is most often used rudely–as a “lesser than”? Is it because LEO’s have clear statutory authority? We protect the public, and they protect buildings? Training standards for uniformed physical security are generally lower than those than police? Maybe it’s none of the above, or all of the above and then some. Personally, I think it boils down to ignorance on behalf of the cop, coupled with good old-fashioned police ego…if I am allowed to generalize. This is my article, so therefore, I will. Now, remember, I am still a police officer, so before you fire off thousands of hate mails my way, keep reading. I would argue that as human beings there is a natural tendency to believe what we see, no matter how well we are trained to be critical thinkers, and that is dangerous.

That’s the danger of perception; it’s shallow in depth. Therefore, it is limited in truth.

Remember being angry when you overheard someone say at the local dinner or coffee shop that “cops must not do anything because they are always sitting here” and you just arrived to eat your lunch four hours overdue and after you answered 15 calls within the last three hours? The public’s perception of you can be nothing more than pure stupidity, right? The truth is that citizen who was judging you simply does not know your job, what you are trained to do, what you just did, and how you account for your every hour of your tour. They just saw you sitting there drinking coffee. Now, how many times have you been judgmental to others? I know I have been, too often.

At some point in your career as a cop, you will stop being a cop. We will not carry the badge forever. You will either retire with a full pension, partial pension, or disability. Then what do you do? Well that is up to you, but as that old PI once told me “…one is a natural extension of the other,” and when the private sector can pay in the six figure range for well qualified security managers, who wouldn’t want to make that transition? My wife and I recently returned from vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While at the resort I thought, “what is would be like to be the security manager here, waking up in paradise every morning, earning double what I made as a street cop?” But how would you get there if you wanted to make that change? What’s required? Say, for instance, that you did not want to work in the security sector that focuses on a lodging environment. Are there other venues? You bet. There are many different aspects to working as a professional within the security industry. I will not cover them here; this is just the beginning.

About the author: Keith R. Lavery, M.A., is a full-time criminal justice educator teaching secondary education and having taught law enforcement, criminal justice and security courses at the post-secondary level. Keith had a very diverse police career for over 17 years, working in urban and rural law enforcement settings with assignments ranging from patrol to specialized functions, and to stay current in the field, works part-time as a patrol officer in Northeastern Ohio. Keith is currently the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Cleveland, Ohio, Chapter of ASIS International.