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    Default Securitas - Any comments?

    Does Securitas employ armed Security Officers? Nothing against the unarmed officers here but I have been doing it for long enough and in todays day and age, I would rather have a means of defense.

    Any comments about Securitas in general?

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    Yes, they employ armed security officers.

    Source: http://www.securitasinc.com

    If you are interested in applying for any of the following positions:


    1. Security Officer
    2. Security Supervisor
    3. Energy Services Security Officer
    4. Receptionist Officer
    5. Fire Inspector
    6. Armed Security Officer
    7. Alarm Technician
    8. Mobile/Patrol (STS) Officer
    9. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Officer
    10. Security Specialty Position
    11. Site Coordinator/Supervisor
    12. Usher
    111th PAPD Class
    Bravo Platoon 4th Squad

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    For the most part, Securitas employs unarmed officers in the USA. They have armed officers at nuclear sites and government accounts.

    They are your typical WBS company - some sites are great, others leave much to be desired.
    Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Security View Post
    For the most part, Securitas employs unarmed officers in the USA. They have armed officers at nuclear sites and government accounts.

    They are your typical WBS company - some sites are great, others leave much to be desired.
    Well apparently they also have armed SOs at banks as well going by this incident account...



    Robert Cotton, 2005 SECURITY OFFICER OF THE YEAR - HEROISM
    This award recognizes one security officer who performs an act that demonstrates courage, professionalism and self-sacrifice to help protect people or property. This year’s recipient is Robert Cotton, Jr. from the Little Rock, AR branch of the South Central Region. Working for Securitas for the past 5 years, Cotton is a security officer at Regions Bank, where he was on duty in September when an armed robber entered the bank.

    When the robber drew his gun and opened fire, officer Cotton remained calm and helped the five tellers and numerous customers get out of harm’s way prior to firing his weapon at the gunman. As the gunman retreated to the parking lot and got into his vehicle, Officer Cotton followed. After the gunman left the scene, Officer Cotton returned to the bank, secured the doors and made sure that the police and ambulance had been called. When the police arrived, Cotton was able to provide them with an excellent description of the gunman, his vehicle and the details of the attempted robbery. The day after the robbery, the gunman surrendered to authorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    Well apparently they also have armed SOs at banks as well going by this incident account...
    I'm not surprised. They have armed officers, but most are unarmed.
    Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireEMSPolice View Post
    Does Securitas employ armed Security Officers? Nothing against the unarmed officers here but I have been doing it for long enough and in todays day and age, I would rather have a means of defense.
    Pay is generally better as well (armed). As others have said, yes they employ armed S/O's.

    Any comments about Securitas in general?
    Allot of what is good or bad about working for a security company- beyond any universal policies- concerns branch management. If the management of a particular branch is good, it is reflected in the entire regional operation.

    That said- five years ago Securitas appeared to me to be another Allied clone, while Wackenhut seemed to have the best pay, equipment, employees etc. The past few years though, Securitas seems to have gotten its act together- at least in my region. The S/O's look good, the pay is well above average, many armed sites etc. They have quite a few armed sites where I live and last week they had an ad for act235 cert (armed) with two years security experience, or act120 cert(aka police academy graduate), or a BA in criminal justice. The job starts at $12.00, with benefits.

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    Having worked for them as an armed officer, I'd say our branch management was, for the most part, exceptional. There was that one 'bad egg', but you get those everywhere. I know the unarmed WBS side of the house was run pretty well, but the wages sucked ($9.25-$13.00 hourly). They did, and probably still do, have a huge variety of sites, from warehouses to oil refineries, public transit to banks, etc. Our armed account was a GSA/DHS one, and Securitas was outbid at the end of the contract...I wish they hadn't been, but oh well.

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    I have never worked for or interacted with Securitas personell.

    Be Safe,

    HaNK

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    Securitas is alright...some sites are good, some are bad. My site is in a transition right now headed towards a good site.
    My problems are:

    1. VERY, VERY high turn over rate...we have floaters in and out, constantly.

    2. I dont feel they hire quality people to represent the company (at our site). If we are lucky we might (maybe) get someone who knows a 3rd grade English and has a drivers license. If we are lucky.

    Before when I worked for Allied, Securitas was know for providing warm body security. Thats mostly what I saw them doing too when I worked for allied...posting parking lots, loading docks and access control to small facilities.

    Securitas can provide people in uniform, without any problem.

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    Securitas had it's ups and downs. It was a paycheck. Some things I found was that there was never any scheduling or hourly rate guarantee. Even as a patrol supervisor I was subject to abrupt changes in post, going from $27 hourly posts (military access control, gold mine security, diamond transports) to $ 11 hr posts. I also had issues that even though I had senoirity and more experience I was acting as an FTO for new officers making more money than me.

    When I was first armed they gave me a thirty year old six inch barrel .38 that probably hadn't been cleaned in 15 years. And exactly 6 rounds of ammo. That day I was 20 minutes late for my qualification because I refused to use the firearm until I had cleaned it. They also expected me to throw this revolver on my ordinary trouser belt.

    So with my Branch Manager's and wife's permission I went out and bought a good uncle mikes belt, double rentention holster, and speed loaders.

    Of course, three weeks later, with my luck, Securitas switched all of us over to Glock .40s.

    Another issue I had that rubbed my wrong is that we weren't allowed a full kit. No oc, baton (even a pr-24 would have been fine), or taser. That went against all of my LE training and seemed to be asking for a lawsuit.

    USE OF FORCE POLICY theoretically went from "hey you bad guy, stop that!" to BANG

    What do you do eh?
    We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
    -George Orwell

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