AMALGAMATED Security Services Guyana Inc., with over 30 years in the security business, recently produced 15 graduates after three consecutive weeks of training. At a small gathering at Regency Suites/Hotel on Hadfield Street, Georgetown, General Manager, Wayne Clarke, in his opening remarks, said that it took three years to reach the destination of producing their first batch of efficient and professional security officers.
“Training is an important aspect of running an organisation and as such we intend to use it to better our company and change the security paradigm positively in Guyana,” Clarke told this publication.
The initial training batch consisted of 21 persons, including females, from various regions in Guyana who would have had experience in the security field.
Moreover, prior to being accepted into the training programme, the trainees were sent for academic testing as well as a mandatory drug test. However, only 15 successfully made it through as security officers.
The training, which was held under the guidance of David Douglas, former Deputy Commissioner of Police of Trinidad and Tobago, had several sessions with respect to topics that are relevant to the security sector.
Douglas has 38 years of experience in the police service, alongside 10 years at the Amalgamated Security Services Inc. He was assisted by Mr. Cortland Gordon, a former Police Officer with over 30 years of experience.
Amalgamated was launched in Trinidad and Tobago in 1983 to meet the security needs of both the private and public sectors in the country. Thereafter, they branched off to Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia and now Guyana.
The firm holds a close relationship with the Firearms Training Accreditation Institution alongside the United States National Safety Council network of instructors for First Aid, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) as well as Defensive Driving.
Moreover, over the past two decades, the organisation has grown in size to become one of the leading security organisations in the Region with more than 3,000 employees. They offer a comprehensive range of value-added services delivered by security professionals such as guarding services, cash management services, electronic security services and firearm services.