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1st Quarter 2013 

 
The Passing of a Legend

One of the last photos of Vince, taken at the February NSA Owners Meeting in Las Vegas

This edition of the National Security Alliance newsletter is dedicated in the memory of Vince Ruffolo. Vince was a founding member of NSA and very active in the Alliance until he sold his company last September. Vince will always be remembered for his quick wit, dedication to the industry as it related to keeping security companies abreast of legislative and union issues and his passion for our industry. The members of the NSA who attended our Las Vegas meeting in February were privileged to have the opportunity to see Vince one last time. Even though Vince was no longer a member of the NSA he agreed to come to our meeting at his own expense to give the group the latest legislative and union update A self-made man Vince started A & R Security from the basement of his Mother's house with his childhood friend Andy Allen and grew it to a company with revenues over 60 million dollars annually. What a pity that Vince did not have longer than six months to enjoy the fruits of his labor during his retirement. Vince was loved and admired by many and he was taken from us all too soon.

Rest in peace Dear Friend...

National Security Alliance Welcomes New Members

The National Security Alliance (NSA) is pleased to announce that two more companies have joined the Alliance. In early 2013 Gateway Security Service, Inc., New York, NY was accepted into the Alliance and is represented by its President, Matthew A. Gaetano and Vice President, John D. Del Vecchio. Gateway will represent the NSA in New York. To learn more about Gateway visit their website at www.nycgss.com.

Also voted into membership at the annual NSA owners meeting was Guardian Guard Services, Inc. based in Southfield, Michigan. Guardian is represented by David Beeler, General Manager and will represent the NSA in Ohio and Michigan, replacing RSIG Security-Midwest which was acquired by Guardian earlier this year. Visit their web site at www.guardianguards.com to learn more about the various services the company offers.

As per the membership criteria both companies were fully vetted and approved by the membership committee and accepted with unanimous approval by the owner members. Both of our new members attended the February owners meeting in Las Vegas.

Campus Security Guard Thwarts Attempted Kidnapping

WENATCHEE, Wash. -- A security guard at Wenatchee Valley College is being hailed as a hero after police say he helped thwart the attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl.

Campus security officer Kevin Edwards (Puget Sound Security) said he was making his hourly rounds Saturday when he noticed what he described as a suspicious-looking man. Edwards, 34, kept an eye on the man as the man approached a young girl near the campus library and then put his hands on the girl's shoulders.

"It wasn't until I heard her yell out, 'I don't want to go with you!' that I decided I was going to run in and find out what was going on and try to break this up," Edwards said. "I honestly started trembling. I could hear my heart in my ears."

Edwards, who has been a security guard at the college for about three and a half years, said the girl ran off to tell her parents what happened while he called police and detained the suspect.

Police later arrested John Graff, 43, on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. Graff, who has several prior arrests on his criminal record, is being held on $100,000 bail.

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Per Mar Security Services Receives Extraordinary Employer Support Award


Receiving the award for Per Mar is Ryan C. Bejot

Our Nation has relied heavily on Guard and Reserve service members since entering continuous operations more than a decade ago. Employer support enhances retention rates in the Armed Forces and in the end, strengthens our national security. To recognize employers who support their Guard and Reserve employees, ESGR grants a series of Department of Defense (DoD) awards:

  • Patriot Award
  • Spouse Patriot Award
  • Seven Seals Award
  • Above and Beyond Award
  • Pro Patria Award
  • Extraordinary Employer Support Award
  • Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR's mission. ESGR's 54 State Committees actively promote awards as a key element in furthering employer support, while strengthening relationships between service members and employers. DoD awards honor the sacrifices made by so many employers year after year.

Vinson Guard Service, Inc. 50th Anniversary

VINSON GUARD SERVICE, INC marked its 50th anniversary with a gala celebration held on March 8th at the famous New Orleans Pat O'Briens Riverview Room overlooking the Mississippi River.

Founded on March 6th, 1963 by Joseph D. Vinson, Sr., with only 3 employees, Vinson Guard Service has grown to now be considered as one of the largest privately owned security firms in the southern region of the United States.  Vinson now has branch locations in 6 states and approximately 1500 employees.  Vinson continues to be owned and operated by the Vinson family and J.D. Vinson, Jr., is the president. 

The Golden Anniversary celebration was attended by almost 250 guests including clients, vendors, management staff, the Vinson family, extended family, and of course many good friends.  It wasn't just chatter about the old days and how things have changed over the years guests also enjoyed and danced to the music of Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs.

It is with utmost gratitude that we express our thanks to all who have made Vinson Guard Service a success for 50 years.  It goes without saying that the dedication and hard work of our management, all our office staff and our security staff played a huge part in bringing Vinson Guard Service to where it is today. 

Security Camera System Tips

Advantage Security Spotlight

Upgrading a building's security camera system is an intricate and daunting task. There are many considerations to address and decisions to make before choosing a technology.

Professionals at Advantage Security recommend developing surveillance objectives that may complement an already-existing security program.

Among the initial considerations is whether a surveillance system will be monitored live by security personnel, by a professional monitoring company, or whether a video log of daily activity is to be made and stored for later review.

Next to be considered is the development of security objectives, concentrating on the cameras themselves. Making a camera list, identifying locations and intended goals (such as capturing faces or license plates, or simply general observation of a particular area of interest) should be a reflection of the overall objectives. The essential and underlying question should be: "What am I trying to achieve with this camera selection?"

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Member Companies

Advantage Security, Inc.
13693 East Iliff Avenue, Suite 200
Aurora, CO 80014-1367
(303) 755-4407
www.advantagesecurityinc.com

American Security Programs
22900 Shaw Road
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 834-8900
www.securityprograms.com

Anderson Security Agency, LTD
2555 W. Morningside Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 331-7000
www.andersonsecurity.com

ASAP Secured, Inc.
8160 Parkhill Drive
Milton, ON, L9T 5V7
(905) 875-3764
www.asapsecured.com

Executive Security Systems
1100 N. Bowser
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 480-0101
www.essitexas.com

Gateway Security Service, Inc.
5 Nepperhan Ave., Suite 200
Elmsford, NY 10523
(212) 222-2056
www.nycgss.com

Guardian Guard Services
18000 W. Eight Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075
(248) 233-1430
www.guardianguards.com

Hannon Security Services
9036 Grand Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55420-3634
(800) 328-3877
www.hannonsecurity.com

King Security
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 556-5464
www.kingsecurity.net

Per Mar Security Services
1910 E Kimberly Road
Davenport, Iowa 52807
(800) 473-7627
www.permarsecurity.com

Phoenix Security Hawaii
P.O. Box 61867
Honolulu, HI 96839
(808) 988-7077
www.phoenix-hawaii.com

Puget Sound Security
13417 NE 20th St., Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 454-5011
www.pugetsoundsecurity.com

RSIG Security - MA
1290 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 881-3023
www.rsiginc.com

Sunstates Security, LLC
801 Corporate Center Drive,
Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 398-6445
www.sunstatessecurity.com

Vinson Guard Service
955 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
(800) 228-3801
www.vinsonguard.com

Announcements

Anderson Security Agency -
It is with great pleasure that we announce new members to our management team. Scott Carter as the Vice President of Operations for Las Vegas and Phoenix and Chris Rebentisch as the Branch Manager of the Las Vegas office. Both Scott and Chris have extensive backgrounds in security management, operations, customer service and implementing a strategy that will achieve our growth initiatives.


Gateway Security Service, Inc. will be relocating to a larger office effective 3/25/13, the move will disrupt their servers tomorrow 3/21/13 for the majority of the day, e-mails and responses may be delayed. See new address above.

Please update contact information.


USCIS issues revised Form I-9
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-9, and employers should begin using it right away.

The new form went into effect 3/13/13. The revision date of the form is printed in the lower left corner. Employers are encouraged to begin using the new form now, but forms dated February 2, 2009, and August 7, 2009, will be accepted until the effective date of the revised form—May 7, 2013.

Employers shouldn't complete the revised Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed form is already on file.

Revisions to the form include:

  • Added data fields, including the employee's foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and e-mail addresses;
  • New instructions for the form; and
  • A revised layout that expands the form to two pages (not including the instructions and the list of acceptable documents).

A Spanish version of the new form is available on the USCIS's website. The Spanish version is for use in Puerto Rico only. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories may use the Spanish version for reference purposes but must complete the English version of the form.

Download the English version of the new Form I-9 at www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

Download the Spanish version of the new Form I-9 at www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9_spanish.pdf.