Magazine article Security Management

ASIS Past President Testifies on Hill

Magazine article Security Management

ASIS Past President Testifies on Hill

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In March, Don W. Walker, CPP, chairman of Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., and a past president of ASIS, testified in support of S. 1743, the "Private Security Officer Employment Authorization Act of 2003."

The Society strongly supports this bill, which would permit employers to request criminal background checks on applicants for security officer positions. The requests would be made through state agencies, and the checks conducted through the FBI's Criminal Justice Information System. Employers requesting the checks would be required to pay for them, thus states would not suffer from an unfunded mandate. The bill was passed by the U.S. Senate and now needs House approval and the President's signature to become law.

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Walker urged its quick adoption by the U.S. House of Representatives. "We badly need this legislation to ensure that persons who are convicted of serious crimes are identified before they are deployed to protect our citizens and their property," he told members of Congress.

Walker explained that the private security industry collectively employs approximately two million security officers nation-wide--many of whom guard the nearly 85 percent of the United States critical infrastructure that is owned and operated by private industry, including utilities, refineries, chemical plants, and major public venues. …

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