FORT PIERCE — Treasure Coast judges fear for their safety in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage by G4S security guard Omar Mateen, who did stints guarding the county courthouses in St. Lucie and Indian River, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said Friday. The judges want sheriff’s deputies to handle all security at the St. Lucie courthouses, as they do in Martin County, Mascara said after meeting with Chief Judge Elizabeth Metzger Monday. Deputies currently are stationed in St. Lucie and Indian River courtrooms while G4S security guards are stationed at the metal detectors at the entrances to the court buildings.
The man who committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history had an online bride from Uzbekistan who said he beat her, co-workers who feared he had terrorist leanings and a father who hosted a cable show in which he claimed to be president of Afghanistan. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard from Fort Pierce, had been on the FBI’s radar since at least 2013, when acquaintances — at least one of them a former law enforcement officer — warned authorities that he was prone to violence, made unspecified threats and seemed to have radical Islamic ideas.
FORT PIERCE — Treasure Coast judges fear for their safety in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage by G4S security guard Omar Mateen, who did stints guarding the county courthouses in St. Lucie and Indian River, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said Friday.
The judges want sheriff’s deputies to handle all security at the St. Lucie courthouses, as they do in Martin County, Mascara said after meeting with Chief Judge Elizabeth Metzger Monday. Deputies currently are stationed in St. Lucie and Indian River courtrooms while G4S security guards are stationed at the metal detectors at the entrances to the court buildings.
Mascara and Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said they are satisfied with G4S’ service and employees, but will consider replacing the private security guards with deputies. There are eight or nine G4S guards in the Fort Pierce and St. Lucie West courthouses, and two in Vero Beach, both of whom have worked there for a decade.
Loar said Metzger hasn’t raised any issues with the G4S security guards at the Indian River County Courthouse and it was unclear how she feels about security there.
Replacing G4S with deputies would cost St. Lucie $200,000 more and Indian River $60,000 more than the respective $377,000 and $86,000 the sheriffs are paying G4S this year.
Loar said his staff had considered replacing G4S with deputies three months before Mateen’s shooting spree — but didn’t specify why — and are more likely to do so now.
G4S plc (formerly Group 4 Securicor) is a British multinationalsecurity services company headquartered in central London.It is the world’s largest security company measured by revenues and has operations in around 125 countries.With 618,000 employees, it is world’s third largest private employer, the largest European and African private employer, and among the largest on the London Stock Exchange. G4S was founded in 2004 by the merger of the UK-based Securicor plc with the Denmark-based Group 4 Falck.
G4S has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, having been relegated from the FTSE 100 Index in December 2015.
Find out more about the profession and if you have what it takes to become a security officer
G4S Careers Becoming a Security Officer with G4S means that you’ll play a vital role in ensuring our client’s safety and security. You will need to use your communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with the ability to remain calm under pressure, to think quickly on your feet and maintain a professional manner. Our excellence in recruiting, screening and training ensure that our Security Officers project the right image for our clients.
What It Takes To Become A G4S Security Officer All G4S Security Officers are carefully screened according to talents, qualifications, experience, and overall disposition for the job they would be performing. As with all Security Officers, you will be expected to patrol and inspect property to protect against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. You will use various forms of communications and you will be expected to write reports outlining observations and activities during assigned shifts.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook job opportunities for Security Guards should be favorable. The handbook will also tell you more about:
• The training and education needed • Earnings • Expected job prospects • What workers do on the job • Working conditions
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections produces The Occupational Outlook Handbook every two years.
Licensing Information Most states require that security officers and security guards be licensed. In addition to being licensed, some security guards can become certified. Information about licensing requirements for G4S Security Officers may be obtained at your local Secure Solution’s office or from your State’s licensing commission or your local government authority such as the police department, sheriff, county executive, or city manager.
Whether your location involves extensive customer interaction or significant security challenges, we have the right personnel for the job
Our Security Officers
Whether your location involves extensive customer interaction or significant security challenges, we have the right personnel for the job. All G4S security officers are carefully screened according to talents, qualifications, experience, and overall disposition for the job they would be performing.
Understanding that the success of any security program is founded in the quality and performance of the assigned personnel, G4S was the first to introduce the concept of experience-based officer programs to meet the changing needs of the security industry.
With the following officer programs, customers have the flexibility to select from the right officer program to meet their individual security and customer-service requirements with the highest quality, cost-effective solution:
Custom Protection Officer® (CPO)
The men and women in our Custom Protection Officer® program must meet stringent experience requirements and are provided training that goes well beyond industry standards. Each CPO must either be a graduate of an accredited college or university with a degree and concentration in criminal justice, police science, or security administration — or formerly qualified in one of the following disciplines, including:
• Criminal Justice Degree (Associates or higher) • Law Enforcement • Career Military • Military Police • Police Academy Graduate • Corrections Officer • Federal Agency Officer • Military Elite Forces
These security officers are the best in the business. Let us show you how a G4S Custom Protection Officer® can add value to your location.
Upscale Security Officer (USO)
The men and women in our Upscale Security Officer (USO) Program possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree; military, managerial, or security experience; peace officer, park ranger, or auxiliary police cadet experience; or professional work history.
All Custom Protection Officer® personnel and Upscale Security Officers are required to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation conducted by the G4S National Research Center. CPO and USO candidates accepted for employment complete an initial 40-hour classroom certification program prior to being assigned to any post.
Let us show you how the G4S Upscale Security Officer Program can offer unmatched options for proven quality and reliability.
Property Resource Officer (PRO)
G4S’ Property Resource Officer (PRO) program meets this need with a focus on recruiting experienced, customer-service-oriented professionals to provide security, fire, life, and safety-related services. Our Property Resource Officers must demonstrate a professional appearance, excellent communication skills, and meet one of the following criteria:
• Associates degree or higher • Experience in high-rise security • Military or police experience • Customer-service work experience • Security experience in a position involving extensive public contact
G4S understands the multifaceted role played by security officers. They must be equal parts protector, ambassador, observer, and enforcer of property rules, with the capacity to effectively interact with your management, employees, visitors, and vendors alike. Our security officers understand this role and are trained to respond effectively and safely to routine and emergency situations. For our clients, this contributes to total asset conservation as well as property liability reduction. In short, a G4S Security Officer can add value to your business.