NUKOLI‘I — The graduation of the second recruit class from Blue Knight Services served as an introduction of the security company to the public.
“We want to be more than just a security company,” said Miles Tanabe, a retired Kaua‘i Police Department officer, investigator and instructor. “We are licensed by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to operate throughout the State of Hawai‘i and are bonded and fully insured, meeting all of the regulatory requirements as set forth by the Board of Private Detectives and Guards.”
Tanabe is the president and principal guard of Blue Knight Services, which supplemented its ranks with the graduation of its second class of guards and security personnel.
“We want to make sure our officers do things the right way,” Tanabe said. “This means once they pass the initial screening, they go to class where they need to pass 12 units of basic security training which includes introduction to security, security relations, communications, Civil Law and Liability, Criminal Law, report writing and computer skills, Traffic Control (ATSSA Certification), first aid, cardio-pulmonary resusitation, American Red Cross certification and Fire Prevention and Response, Aloha Spirit and Customer Service, accident and criminal investigations, anti-terrorism and patrol tactics, work place violence, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Depending on placement, Tanabe said there are more specific areas of training for officers assigned to hospitals, transportation facilities and resorts to ensure the officers meet all of the clients’ requirements.
On the night of graduation, Tanabe was hosting professionals in harbor security as well as having one of its first graduates leading a class utilizing computers to perform its patrol reports complete with photos and illustrations.
“We make sure we have the right people to do whatever type of job we might be called on to do,” Tanabe said. “Our officers come from a variety of backgrounds and every one has to pass the rigorous background and history check which is part of the screening process.”
Once the courses are completed, officers are subject to a drug check before being issued a uniform.
Tanabe said Blue Knight Services also furnishes the uniforms officers need to perform their jobs, that point being brought home when a request was put forward for officers with “executive uniforms” to help with an upcoming concert.
On a more informal note, there was a call for a multi-day festival which would require less formal wear, with the mission to be spread over several days.
Blue Knight Services is more than just a security company, Tanabe said. It offers a variety of services from traffic control at construction sites to security involving on-site patrol services on both foot and vehicle, mobile patrols, access control, alarm response to Senior VIP Services including personal shopping services and personal protection excursions, residential security checks and weekly wellness checks for senior clients, the company touting a nurse among its graduates.
Blue Knight Services is not just limited to the island of Kaua‘i, a retired police major from the Big Island being among the class taking in the transportation security briefing being led by the state’s Dept. of Transportation Harbors Division.
“There was talk about a possibility of having an opening on the Big Island, and by having our guest, we can be prepared to take on other jobs,” Tanabe said. “Who knows? He might become the head of a Big Island branch. But whatever we do, we make sure whatever we do, we do it the right way.”
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