The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the U.S. federal government created to keep America safe. It was created in November 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks and is the youngest U.S. cabinet department. The Department’s mission includes anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management.
Some of the DHS agencies that Akal and Coastal have served include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Federal Protective Service (FPS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department (ICE).
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 held the prime security contract at the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone for several years.We were deeply vested and committed to bolstering the economy and quality of life for the local population. We deployed more than 226 Host Country Nationals (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. We also helped invest in the economy in other ways: