June 15, 2016 – G4S describes itself as “the world’s leading global security and outsourcing group,” specializing “in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat.”
The British multinational security giant was set up in 2004 when London-based company Securicor amalgamated with Danish business Group 4 Falck. Currently, G4S employs more than 620,000 people, which makes it the third biggest employer in the private sector globally. In 2012 G4S turned over well over $12 billion. The company offers a range of services, including the supply of security personnel, monitoring equipment, response units and secure prisoner transportation. G4S also works with governments overseas to deliver security.
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G4S, the world’s leading security company, on June 8th they announces that it has won a contract to secure one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious institutions – The Royal Mint.
From July, G4S will deploy a team of security officers including ex-military Gurkha personnel to guard The Royal Mint and its brand-new ’Royal Mint Experience’ visitor attraction, matching up 200 years of British military heritage in the Gurkhas with over 1,000 years of British manufacturing and craftsmanship at The Royal Mint. The contract is for three years with an optional two year extension.
The company, which is the largest private security firm in the world, boasts over 600,000 employees, one of whom was Omar Mateen, the man who murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday morning.
Mateen had been an employee of the company for nearly nine years, serving most recently as an armed security guard at a gated retirement community in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In the aftermath of the attack, authorities are trying to ascertain how it’s possible that Mateen cleared four background checks, two with the company and two with the FBI, without raising sufficient alarm?
G4S has an unfathomably broad reach. The largest in its industry, it operates across six continents and in hundreds of countries. Mateen was a low-level employee at G4S, but his company has lucrative contracts with countless clients, including the Department of Homeland Security. Profiling its work worldwide for Vanity Fair in 2014, William Langewische noted, “In recent years it has become the third-largest private employer in the world, after Walmart and the Taiwanese manufacturing conglomerate Foxconn.
Remember Benghazi? Guess who that security team worked for? G4S. Yep the same one Clinton and Obama refused to send in help for over 9 hours.
The fact that such a huge private entity is a security company is a symptom of our times.” G4S often provides its security services where industry needs them and where governments can’t or won’t.
The most notorious private security firm, Blackwater (which no longer exists under that name), was heavily lambasted by those charging that it acted “above the law” while fulfilling U.S. security contracts in Iraq. Meanwhile, in a recent panel for Ars Technica, the UC Davis law professor Elizabeth Joh highlighted a more contemporary concern about private security forces, whic, have the capacity to collect data about consumers at places like department stores without any regulation.
That unease was kindled anew over the weekend. In a statement on Sunday evening, the North American CEO of G4S emphasized that Mateen “was not on duty” when he attacked the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. One tragic irony is that Mateen had spent years working in a position where it was his job to project a feeling of security and to make sure nothing like this ever happened.
G4S is deeply shocked by the tragic events in Orlando this weekend and the thoughts of everyone at G4S are with the victims and their families.
Omar Mateen was employed by G4S at a residential community in South Florida and was off-duty at the time of the incident. Mateen was subject to detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings. He was also subject to checks by a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S.
G4S is providing its full support to all law enforcement authorities in the USA as they conduct their investigations.
Another shocking minuality to another shooting is that reporters were allowed into Mateen’s apartemnt to rummage through what could be evidence….
A TV reporter and his camera crew gained access to the apartment at Fort Pierce in Florida, around a two-hour drive from where Omar Mateen carried out his deadly attack on Sunday.
Mateen was believed to be living at the property with his current wife and mother of his three-year-old child, Noor Zahi Salman.
There is clear evidence that the police had carried a thorough search of the premises, with drawers were left wide open and clothes scattered across the floor.
Mr Aguilar then points out that on a chest of draws alongside bottles of perfume there is a “military knife”.
Credit theatlantic.com, g4s.com, securitydegreehub.com, express.co.uk