SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Wackenthut founder passes away

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The founder of Wackenhut Corp., George Wackenhut, died of a heart attack on New Year’s Eve at the age of 85.

A former FBI special agent, he started the security guard company in 1954 as an investigations firm. The company later expanded to offer uniform security officer services.

Wackenhut remained with the company until 2002, when (he) sold to Group 4 Falck for $570 million, ending family control of the business.

Wackenhut Corp. operated as a publicly held company from 1966 to 2002. In 2004, the company reported $1.5 billion in revenues.
Simpson secures prison projects

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Simpson Security Systems has completed a $6.5-million contract for security work at a U.S. maximum security prison near Tampa, Fla., and will soon begin work on a Federal Bureau of Prisons project near its office here.

The newest project is valued at $5.5 million. It includes door controls, touch screens, CCTV, LAN networks, a public address system, intercom, perimeter security and other low-voltage controls.

The systems integrator specializes in working with government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Defense.

Shelton recognized for homeland security expertise

OAK PARK, Mich. - D/A Central President Paul Shelton has been awarded the Certified in Homeland Security Level 11 designation from the American College of Forensics Examiners Institute.

The CHS distinction is based on an examination on homeland security-related experience, training, knowledge, skill and education. Ongoing education is required to maintain the certification.

The program brings together professionals from disciplines, such as medical, emergency management, law enforcement, public health and technology personal.

Shelton has spent 34 years in the security industry. He has served as president of D/A Central, a company that is a member of SecurityNet, for 30 years.