Security Michigan Military Bases
January 10, 2012 by staff
Security Michigan Military Bases, Armed, private security will patrol six National Guard and Air National Guard bases across Michigan under a five-year, $15 million contract with the state.
West Michigan’s DK Security has hired more than 100 people to provide up to 3,000 hours of security each week at the bases, The Grand Rapids Press reported (http://bit.ly/xnJQct) Saturday.
The workers will patrol Camp Grayling, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Fort Custer Training Center, Joint Forces Headquarters and Grand Ledge Army National Guard Base.
“We tend to hire retired military/law enforcement, so the state of Michigan is essentially getting that high-quality, well-trained officer but at a security officer rate,” said Kathryn Kendall, executive vice president of DK Security.
The private guards will work at front gates and access points, along with patrolling buildings and grounds. They are expected to free up military personnel to perform other work. Only 20 percent of the state’s National Guard personnel are full-time, said Michigan National Guard Capt. Aaron Jenkins.
“The personnel are not there to provide their own security,” he said.
Michigan has used private security to guard military facilities since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“Having these contracts is actually cheaper and it’s actually more fiscally responsible, in addition to having more jobs in the community,” Jenkins said.
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