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Reply #1 - 08. Mar 2014 at 14:43

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Clients may not do their due diligent checks but if SLED take some initiative and investigate and prosecute companies our industry may improve.
 
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08. Mar 2014 at 11:40

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This make you wonder if companies who use Sargent Security do due diligence before contracting, and why SLED/Fair Work Ombudsman/Tax Office  takes so long to clamp down on this scam.  Roll EyesThere will be feeding frenzy by Security Companies to pick up lost contracts. Grin

See:http://www.smh.com.au/national/sargent-security-loses-licence-leaving-sydney-sch...

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Emergency security measures are in place across more than 900 Sydney public schools this weekend after the state government's approved contractor had its master licence terminated by the NSW Commissioner of Police.

Sargent Security, which won a multimillion-dollar contract with the Department of Education and Training in 2012, was ordered to shut down its NSW operations on Friday after it slipped into receivership for an 11-day period last month.

Under the Security Industry Act, the commissioner is required to revoke the licence of any security company placed under external control.

But Fairfax Media can reveal that, for the past six months, the firm had also been the subject of a separate police probe that uncovered a host of alleged workplace breaches, including the hiring of unlicensed guards and off-the-book cash payments totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Cameron Smith, Director of State Crime Command's Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) confirmed enforcement officers attended Sargent's Sydney headquarters in Glendenning this morning.

"The company was required to immediately surrender its Master Security Licence and it was advised that it would commit an offence if it continued to carry on security activities," he said.

Sargent Security was formed in 1998 by Iranian-born businessman Ben Robert. With offices in Sydney, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland, the firm has since risen to become a major player in the industry.

In November 2012, it won the NSW Department of Education and Training contract to provide 24-hour alarm response and after-hour patrols across 935 Sydney public schools.

It also landed lucrative deals with several local government authorities, including Auburn City Council and The Hills Shire, both of which are scrambling for security this weekend.

Hugo Boss, Hungry Jack's, Aldi and Chemist Warehouse are among its big name high street clients, but most of its revenue is believed to flow from construction industry contracts with companies including Abigroup, Leighton Contractors and John Holland.

In September 2012, an ABC 7.30 investigation exposed Sargent Security as having links to a national security guard licensing scam.

The story demonstrated how individuals were acquiring genuine certificates from Queensland that enabled them to work as licensed guards anywhere in Australia, without any prior study or scrutiny.

Furthermore, the answer sheet for the exam could be purchased at Sargent's headquarters in Glendenning, Sydney, for just $700.


 

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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