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We Are Hiring Law Enforcement Professionals!!!

Pinnacle Security and Investigation Inc. is currently seeking experienced Law Enforcement professionals to join our team. We have immediate openings for armed security officers to service current contracts for clients in New Orleans, LA. Officers should have prior law enforcement experience and will be required to obtain a license through the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners and the New Orleans Police Department’s Special Officers Division. Priority will be given to those that currently hold these licenses, or who have separated service (resigned in good standing or retired) within the last year.

Be part of a company that is growing and gaining recognition across the region as an industry leader, as we provide creative and progressive security solutions for clients and neighborhoods throughout New Orleans. We are looking for individuals who want to be part of a team of professionals that are leaders in change towards the safety of the New Orleans community.

We believe that our officers are our biggest asset, which is why we invest in them with a starting pay that is well above the industry standard. Officers working full time earn $35,360-$41,600 per year. Those interested can submit applications through our website or CLICK HERE. You must attached a resume to submit the application. You can also email a resume directly to careers@securitybypinnacle.com

We Are Hiring Law Enforcement Professionals!!!

Pinnacle Security and Investigation Inc. is currently seeking experienced law enforcement professionals to join our team. We have immediate openings for armed security officers to service current contracts for clients in New Orleans, LA. Officers should have prior law enforcement experience and will be required to obtain a license through the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners and the New Orleans Police Department’s Special Officers Division. Priority will be given to those that currently hold these licenses, or who have separated service (resigned in good standing or retired) within the last year.

Be part of a company that is growing and gaining recognition across the region as an industry leader, as we provide creative and progressive security solutions for clients and neighborhoods throughout New Orleans. We are looking for individuals who want to be part of a team of professionals that are leaders in change towards the safety of the New Orleans community.

We believe that our officers are our biggest asset, which is why we invest in them with a starting pay that is well above the industry standard. Officers working full time earn $35,360-$41,600 per year. Those interested can submit applications through our website or CLICK HERE. You must attached a resume to submit the application. You can also email a resume directly to careers@securitybypinnacle.com

Pinnacle Security Officers Respond to Bourbon St. Shooting

We would like to commend the actions of three of our armed security officers that were working on Bourbon St. during the double shooting last night. The shooting took place while one of the officers was conducting a client escort for an employee of one of the locations we are currently servicing. The gunshots rang out just feet away from the officer and the client. The officer was able to safely escort the client into a doorway and behind cover. Knowing that one of their coworkers was conducting the escort in the area, the other two officers immediately responded as the shots were still being fired. All three Pinnacle Security Officers were the first to arrive and immediately began to secure the scene. One of the officers also rendered aid to the victim. The officers obtained a description of the perpetrator and dialed 911.

Pinnacle Officers were able to secure the scene until NOPD officers arrived just minutes later and took control. We would also like to recognize the NOPD 8th District Officers for their immediate response, especially given the fact it was a busy Saturday night.

The teamwork these officers displayed during their response was a text book example of trained officers taking action and not just standing by. This incident displayed the benefits of having experienced former law enforcement officers working in the role of armed security and how it can increase the value of any security plan. This is another example of the successes that our experienced officers are seeing in our security operations throughout New Orleans.

Pinnacle Security Officers to Provide Armed Security Services for Bourbon St. Businesses

Pinnacle Security and Investigation Inc. has partnered with the Deja Vu Consulting management company, to provide armed security services to three of their establishments along New Orleans’ most iconic street.  Pinnacle Security Officers will begin providing armed security services outside three establishments on Bourbon Street.  The officers will ensure the safety and security of company employees, customers, and visitors passing through the area.  A large part of this security plan includes Pinnacle Security Officers providing personal security services for employees leaving work and walking to their vehicles.  With the increase in crimes, including armed robberies and assaults, this move places the Deja Vu management team as leaders in change towards the safety and security of their employees and patrons.

In keeping with Pinnacle’s core operations, all of the officers working this security detail will be experienced, trained, and POST Certified Law Enforcement officers who are licensed by the Louisiana State Security Board and the New Orleans Police Department’s Special Officer’s Division.  Employees, customers, and visitors to the area will notice the increase in uniformed security outside these establishments.  We will continue to work with other establishments along Bourbon Street and throughout the French Quarter to increase the uniformed presence in the area and assist the NOPD in returning that sense of security locals and visitors deserve.

The Best Plan to Secure the French Quarter

We have all seen the increase in crimes against persons in the French Quarter recently. Innocent people are being attacked in public areas. We also know the unfortunate manpower challenges facing the New Orleans Police Department. These issues bring to light the question, what plan best utilizes resources available to prevent these types of crimes from occurring?

On Wednesday October 15th, Pinnacle Security and Investigation Inc. President Chad Perez was invited to speak in front of the French Quarter Management District (FQMD) regarding security concerns in the French Quarter. Chad presented the FQMD with a comprehensive security plan that utilizes a combination of New Orleans Police Officers and Pinnacle Security Officers.

This plan allows for Pinnacle Security Officers, who are all current or former law enforcement professionals, to conduct foot and vehicle patrols throughout the French Quarter. Pinnacle is able to staff this security detail with as many officers needed to effectively increase the uniformed presence. The plan does not eliminate the need for NOPD detail officers, and actually calls for a collaborative effort between the NOPD and Pinnacle Security Officers. We believe that since our officers are ALL current or former law enforcement professionals, their working relationship with NOPD will only make the plan more effective. The plan also calls for Pinnacle Security Officers to take advantage of arrest powers issued to them by the NOPD Special Officers Division, to assist NOPD Officers in preventing crimes in the area. Our armed security officers have the experience and training to effectively make a difference.

The City of New Orleans has presented a plan to utilize unarmed civilians to assist NOPD with fighting crime. Is this the best use of resources? Will this put citizens and officers at more risk? We believe a group unarmed civilians is not the answer. Putting experienced armed security officers working alongside NOPD Officers makes the best use of resources and adds the most value to any security plan for the French Quarter. If you are a NOPD Officers, which would you choose? If you are citizen, would you rather an unarmed civilian arrive to assist you, or an experienced Pinnacle Security Officer, who has years of law enforcement experience?

Do Security Officers Have Arrest Powers?

With the unfortunate decreases in manpower inside the New Orleans Police Department, many businesses and neighborhoods are looking to private security to supplement the loss of police presence. These security officers are increasingly being called upon to perform security details at commercial establishments, as well as security patrols in neighborhoods throughout the city. With this increased awareness in the community about the security services private security companies can provide, also comes a question… Do security officers have arrest powers?

There is a lot of misconception, and misinformation, about the answer to that question. Most people believe that a security officer’s power to arrest is no greater than that of a citizen (citizen’s arrest), which grants anyone the power to detain someone for a felony crime that they witness. While this is true in many cities across the nation, it is not the case in the City of New Orleans.

In New Orleans, armed security officers must submit to an additional background conducted by the NOPD and receive a Special Officers Commission from the department’s Special Officers Division. What may not be well known, is that this commission gives the security officer Deputized Arrest Powers while they are on duty and at their place of assignment or patrol beat. It gives them powers to detain and arrest anyone they witness committing a felony or misdemeanor crime, as well as anyone that a credible witness points out to them that has committed a felony or misdemeanor crime. The security officer may detain, handcuff, and conduct a pat down of the individual for weapons. The only limitation is that the security officer cannot conduct a “search incident to arrest” of the individual’s pockets or belongings. The security officer is then required to contact the NOPD, who takes over the investigation at that point and can request that the security officer assist in any way.

While these arrest powers greatly enhance the effectiveness of the security services provided by a company, they have traditionally not been utilized. This is because the large majority of security companies operating in New Orleans employ “security guards” that have no experience or training in effectively evaluating a situation, investigating a crime, and determining the need for an arrest. Those companies encourage their officers to strictly be observers and not engage criminal activity.

At Pinnacle Security and Investigation, we take a different approach and our business model is much more progressive. We believe that our strict hiring standards that require all of our security officers to be current or former law enforcement professionals, allows us to leverage the arrest powers issued by the NOPD Special Officer’s Commission and bring added value to our clients. Our officers have the experience in the identification of crime trends, the decision making skills to determine if an arrest should be made, and the hands on experience to effectively make the arrest in a manner which limits the liability for the officers, Pinnacle, and our clients. We truly believe that our hiring standards and experienced officers are what sets us apart from our competitors. The armed security services that Pinnacle provides can be effectively used to supplement the lack of law enforcement presence in a commercial establishment or the community. We also believe that since our security officers have a law enforcement background, they can better coordinate efforts with the NOPD in the areas they are employed by our clients.

If you are interested in the security services provided by Pinnacle Security and Investigation, please CLICK HERE.

If you have the experience and are interested in joining our security team, please CLICK HERE.

Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act

On July 22, 2004, President George W. Bush signed H.R. 218 “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act”, which went into effect immediately. This bill exempts current and retired law enforcement officers from local and State regulations regarding carrying concealed firearms. Officers must meet certain qualifications described below:

“qualified active law enforcement officer” is defined as an employee of a government agency who:

– is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law
– has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under the Uniform Code of Military Justice 
– is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm
– is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency which could result in suspension or loss of police powers
– meets the standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm
– is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance
– is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing a firearm.

“qualified retired law enforcement officer” is defined as an individual who:

– has separated from service in good standing with a government agency as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of ten (10) years or more or separated from such an agency due to a service-connected disability after completing any applicable probationary period of such service
– was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or the incarceration of any person for any violation of law
– had statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
– is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance
– is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing a firearm.

At Pinnacle Security and Investigations, we employ security officers that meet the criteria described above under H.R. 218, which allows them to work many High Risk security contracts that employees of most other security companies can not. These qualifications further support the fact the we deploy the most experienced and seasoned security professionals in the industry.

If you meet the requirements of H.R. 218 and are interested in employment opportunities with Pinnacle, please CLICK HERE

If you are a potential client that requires security contractors to meet requirements under H.R. 218 and would like a Quote, please CLICK HERE

Private Security Patrols are the Answer

We are all well aware the public safety issues New Orleans residents face day-to-day. The stories are repeated by the media daily; home invasions, robberies, car burglaries, etc… The NOPD is facing unprecedented manpower issues, never before seen in the history of the department, with officers leaving at an alarming rate. These challenges have also put the safety of the public at risk.

As a community, you should not blame the officers… The men and women remaining on the NOPD are dedicated and hard working professionals, who strive to perform the best service possible. The problem is, there is a limited number of them… That leads to long response times when the public needs them most.

There is one solution that can restore the safety and security to your neighborhood or business, despite the NOPD manpower issues. That solution is the private security services that we offer at Pinnacle Security and Investigations. We can customize a security patrol strategy that is based on crime data obtained from the NOPD and the needs of your particular neighborhood, that is both effective and fluid depending on crime trends. Since all of our security officers are current or former law enforcement officers, with experience on the local, state, and federal level, they are trained in tactical patrol activities. Our security officers have the training and experience necessary to identify crime trends, investigate criminal activity, and effectively deter this crime before it happens. Don’t be fooled by other security companies that employ “security guards” that have ZERO law enforcement experience, and no training in identifying criminal activity. The security officers deployed by Pinnacle are the most experienced and seasoned officers in the industry.

During our neighborhood security patrols, our officers respond quickly to resident needs because each resident has direct contact to the on duty security officer. We deploy the same security officers to patrol your neighborhood daily, so that residents have peace of mind and confidence knowing that our security officers know the area, the residents, and needs of the community. Pinnacle Security and Investigations welcomes the opportunity to present to you a comprehensive security plan for your neighborhood. If you are interested in allowing our experienced security team provide you with the security patrol services, please CLICK HERE