CiNet VP of Public Safety Lonny Wilder interviewed by ABC

Lonny Wilder, Vice President of CINet’s Public Safety Group interviewed by ABC Affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas-Forth Worth on the ISD’s inquiry for putting armed guards on every ISD Plano Campus.


Questions Raised After Shoplifter Dies in Hands of Wal-Mart Security

Wal-Mart Death Begs for More Security Guard Training

As Wal-Mart security guards just discovered, altercations can turn deadly in seconds. Is your team equipped with the appropriate security guard training?

The death of an alleged shoplifter in a Southern California Wal-Mart is still being investigated. After attempting to steal clothes and body wash on Friday, June 1, a man was chased down by security officers and restrained in the parking lot. As soon as police arrived, paramedics were called and the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. Although Wal-Mart is appropriately regretful, the unknown cause of death is odd, and questionable.

Why wasn’t it apparent that the suspect was in medical distress before Covina Department police officers arrived? While officials await autopsy results to draw conclusions, perhaps Wal-Mart should consider investing in more security guard training for their team. Whether there was a breakdown in leadership, police relations or physical procedure, equipping guards with extra security officer training is routinely beneficial. Regardless, we won’t be surprised if Wal-Mart sees some flak from this tragedy.

More training may help avoid wrongful death scenarios, and it will help protect more security officers, too. Oak Cliff, Texas is still mourning the loss of a security guard from an attempted robbery at a Bank of America last August. Wednesday was the first day of the murder trial for the accused, Courtland King, stirring emotional testimonies from bank tellers and relatives of the deceased guard. Another security guard was hospitalized after sustaining gunshots in a nightclub in Newark, New Jersey. The second gunshot victim, a patron of the club, died at the hospital.

When altercations can turn deadly in seconds, effective leadership and communication skills among guards are essential. But, it’s important to give a security team all the tools it needs, including security supervisor training, management training, and beyond, before a bad situation gets worse. Since many security guards have only a high school diploma or GED equivalent, they must be taught how to deal with life-or-death circumstances. Advanced security guard training keeps more people safe, plus it maximizes employee potential as an investment.

The rate of adults with only some college is both surprising and growing, which puts many jobs out of reach. However, adding security manager training to a high school education makes that employee significantly more valuable. And while job growth for the security industry as a whole is pretty average, technology and transportation security concerns are adding to the field’s overall demand. Considering the increasing need of TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screeners and their recent public embarrassment, a wealth of well-trained security officers may come in handy.

Poorly trained security guards, or transportation screeners, don’t make anyone look good. More importantly, they put lives at risk instead of protecting them.

School Shootings Show Renewed Demand for Campus Security Training

The Virginia Tech rampage left schools with no choice but to enhance safety protocol, yet more recent shootings show campus security is a never-ending endeavor.

Campus security professionals argue most college campuses and universities are better equipped to respond to active shooters and other threats in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre. Although many improvements were made to establish safer schools, two more shootings show the demand for better security campus training and foolproof mass notification systems still exists.

The shootings at an Ohio high school and Oakland’s Oikos University killed a total of ten students collectively. Each loss of life is a harsh reminder that there are still many strides to take. Among the tragic lessons learned in Blacksburg, VA five years ago, we saw that universities can and will be held accountable for their inaction and ill-prepared responses. Two separate families who lost loved ones during the VT attack accused the university of negligence and received $4 million each in the lawsuit that was finalized last month.

School security experts like Kenneth Trump, president of consulting firm National School Safety and Security Services in Ohio, cites numerous impacts April 16, 2007 had on campus security. While more schools are participating in lockdown drills, active shooter exercises and mandating that students sign up for safety alerts, Trump also notes that ‘more’ isn’t everyone. And he says the majority of preK-12 schools have not made these necessary steps. But, schools armed with security guard training are much closer to creating secure campuses and responding quickly and confidently when needed.

University and school administrators cannot ignore the dire need for security guards to go through college security training on a regular basis. In the aftermath of Virginia Tech’s darkest day, curriculums for advanced university security training were offered online to encourage widespread use. Besides implementing disaster plans and violence prevention, security officers must be able to identify risk situations involving alcohol, drugs, etc. Minor problems in dorms and student centers can escalate quickly without a skilled security team to control the situation.

Not to mention, having a safer campus means happier parents and higher enrollment. College Parents of America—a parent resource to help with preparation and transitions—advises parents to ask about campus security and safety protocols right off the bat. If a college can’t provide a thorough, satisfying answer, you better believe Mom and Dad won’t support that choice.

Before you can shape the leaders of tomorrow and enlighten them with higher education, you must be able to protect them. How would you better protect college campuses?

Save and Protect Your Money Via Security Guard Training

To protect your business assets while saving money, utilize security guard training through online courses and customized curriculums.

Regardless of the industry, field, or nature of the business, we’re obligated to protect our assets and ensure that rules and procedures are being followed at all times. Many companies are turning to digital HD surveillance systems to monitor the workplace, but a team of skilled, reliable security guards will serve you better than the fastest, clearest cameras. Organizations can hire their own security team, or contract out and utilize the services of private security companies. And there are scores of qualified security guards looking for work, right? Wrong.

The lackluster jobs report in March revealed the large pool of unskilled laborers hasn’t gotten much smaller. People are looking for work, but many keep running into the brick wall of ‘not enough experience’ for the available positions, security guards included. The discouraging unemployment rate—which dropped a whole 0.1 percent from 8.3 to 8.2—is only aggravated by a lack of qualified workers. To make matters worse, the still-weak economy has many businesses unable to afford the quality security guard training needed to educate new security teams.

However, some companies hold onto their purse strings with an iron fist worthy of Margaret Thatcher and manage to hire and train new officers. Many adult learners are already privy to this secret: online classes. Security guard training via online courses guarantees a well-trained team and cost-savings. The alternative to using online security guard courses is paying for an in-house instructor, and depending on the number of new recruits and what specific courses they need, in-house training can cost you a first-born child.

Not only is online training cheaper, it can be customized for your company, facility, procedures, and individual knowledge levels. If some guards are familiar with emergency situations and handling bomb threats but can’t write a concise report, they can take private security training courses focusing on communication skills, writing field notes and drafting reports. Simultaneously, other hires can brush up on conducting proper preliminary investigations and how to work well with the local law enforcement community.

Security officer training must also be tailored to your region since security guard state requirements vary from state to state. For instance, Florida requires that each member of a security team have a “Class D” security license with 40 hours of training licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. If you’re not well versed on the security requirements for your state, you can trust that online training will incorporate them into the curriculum.

When your livelihood, property, and business are at stake—don’t just hope your security team has what it takes. It might be time to reevaluate: is your security foolproof?

Chemical Plant Training for Security

Safety, security, and compliance are three of the biggest issues in chemical manufacturing. Each carries its own challenges, but each challenge also creates an opportunity. Like anything else, you learn from it and grow stronger, or you let it defeat you entirely. In a chemical plant, the latter has the potential to create devastating consequences. This three part series will look at the role of training in creating better opportunities from your biggest challenges.


Chemical plants are one of the nation’s largest potential terrorism targets. They use and store chemicals that have the potential to injure or kill millions of people. Per plant. Terrorists could meet their mass casualty goals from either a direct attack, or by stealing chemicals like ammonia to be used elsewhere. Fortunately, most chemical plants are aware of this risk and have taken measures to establish proper workplace security training. Even the federal government has stepped in to partially regulate certain plants that use or store certain chemicals in large quantities. But, what else can be done?

Many of the more obvious safeguards have already been put into place. Companies have invested in more security guards, higher fences, and stronger locks and gates, for example. Where they can, or, in some cases, in accordance with government regulations, plants have also begun using alternative chemicals that are safer; those that have less potential for widespread destruction, or those that carry significantly less health risks. Clorox, for example, announced in 2009 that it will convert its seven U.S. plants using deadly chlorine gas to safer chemical processes in manufacturing household cleaning products. That move alone eliminated the potentially disastrous chlorine gas health risk to some 13 million people who live around the seven plants. Clorox CEO Donald Knauss said the conversion will, “strengthen our operations and add another layer of security.”

None of these security measures mean anything, however, if chemical plant employees aren’t paying attention, or if they don’t know what they’re looking for. When gates are left open, guards are not where they should be, and people off the street are able to gain full access to storage tanks before anyone even knows they’re on the property, that’s a big problem.

This is where security guard training can really pay off. And not just for your employees who are traditionally involved in security. All facility employees need awareness training. Everyone should know who is supposed to be on site, what the reporting process is for reporting suspicious activity, and what the potential fallout would be should a terrorist target their plant. Employees also need to know that they will not be chastised for reporting suspicious activity that turns out to be nothing at all.  A lot of people don’t make reports for fear of being wrong. What if you accused someone of potential terrorist activity, and that person turned out to be a new employee? Well, the answer is…what if you didn’t report that person, and he blew up your tank? Failure to report also comes from
making assumptions, like “that person is already at a storage tank. He must have security clearance.” Awareness training is just what its name implies: learning to be aware of your surroundings. This is just as important as chemical plant training.

Going beyond awareness training, your basic plant operations training should include legislation such as the Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) law. This law protects any information that could potentially expose specific chemical plant vulnerabilities from being publicly disclosed in any way. It should be obvious how valuable such information can be to a terrorist. Employees need to know what CVI is, how to evaluate another party’s need to know as it pertains to CVI, how to handle various disclosures, etc. This is a lot of information, and it changes periodically. Ensuring your employees know the laws that protect against terrorism is another important way that security guard training can help you turn one of your biggest challenges into an opportunity to stay ahead of the game.

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