Akal has worked under contract to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security, and before that the Immigration and Naturalization Service, for 20 years. We currently provide security services as a subcontractor to a Native-American owned company securing a ICE immigration detention center in Florida.
In 2003, Akal was awarded three contracts to provide 1,500 security guards to eight U.S. Army installations, including some of America’s largest posts at Fort Hood, TX and Fort Stewart, GA. Akal’s guards have been a critical element of the Army’s response to the 9/11/01 attacks, providing resources to allow stricter access control and increased security at our domestic bases. The Army’s ratings for Akal’s performance has averaged 98 percent over three years, and the prevention of unauthorized access to the facilities has increased significantly.
In 2005, Akal was awarded a contract to provide armed guard services at 18 Air Force installations throughout the U.S., including five installations in Colorado. Akal provides more than 550 guards under the contract. Akal has performed installation entry control, vehicle inspections and searches, pass and badge verification, control and inspections of commercial traffic, operation of Visitor Control Centers and emergency and crisis response.
Akal delivers comprehensive security services for this transportation giant in a multi-state region. Patrols secure heavy equipment, bridges and rail infrastructure. Personnel respond within hours to periodic train derailments and other emergencies. With billions of dollars in cargo moving into its terminals and out over thousands of rail miles, BNSF depends on Akal for the vital support necessary to keep its system secure.
Akal brings 14 years of experience and innovative services to protecting the U.S. judicial family against threats of terrorism and criminal attack. Over 3,000 deputized Akal Court Security Officers (CSOs) are on the front lines at our federal courts every day. These career law enforcement officers maintain strict access control and protect judges and courtrooms. To strengthen the integrity of the program, Akal developed an advanced training program to help CSOs detect explosives and weapons.
Akal Court Security Officers (CSOs) on duty at the federal courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas, heard gunshots outside the front entrance of the courthouse. They ultimately rushed the shooter and ordered him to drop his weapon. When the suspect raised his gun to fire, CSO Adrian Perez knocked him to the ground and took him into custody. Perez was named 2004 CSO of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service and all the officers involved in the incident received letters of commendation.
Akal Court Security Officers (CSOs) discovered a gun and ammunition hidden in a diaper bag by a man attempting to bring them to a meeting with creditors. Assistant U.S. Trustee Antonia Darling, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and District of Nevada, wrote to commend the CSOs: “Their alertness and quick action prevented a dangerous situation which could have resulted in tragedy.”
Akal Protective Services provides and manages all security service personnel to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) at three critical locations, protecting NASA’s physical and intellectual property 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. In addition to security operations, Coastal (Akal) provides Emergency Response Services, including full service fire, medical and Special Response Units. Our personnel provide a wide array of other valuable services, including security training and consulting services, program security, physical and personnel security, industrial security, identification, badging and registration, and armed patrols. In addition, we operate a 24/7 Public Safety 911 Call Center, coordinate special events and activities, ensure document security and escort transportation of space flight hardware.
APS operates with a high standard of performance, offering quality, timeliness and excellent cost-effectiveness. We also maintain a rigorous officer training and qualification program. This enabled us to be particularly effective and responsive in protecting NASA facilities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. With short notice, APS personnel performed to the high standards expected of them.
Akal holds the prime security contract for the Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Sierra Leone. We are deeply vested and committed to bolstering the economy and quality of life among the local population. We deploy more than 226 Host Country National’s (HCN) to provide physical security and protection of U.S. assets, including services at the main embassy buildings and diplomatic staff residences, both on and off site. With well administered compensation and benefits to our employees, we are proud of the high morale and strong performance record of our staff. By hiring a manger who is training professional, we’ve greatly improved the standard of training for all security guards. Additionally, we have helped invest in the economy in other ways: