GP and OK CIDs partner with new security service provider
The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (CIDs) are proud to announce that Vetus Schola Protection Services are on board as their new security service provider.A successful seven year partnership with security giant G4S, which started at the inception of the GP CID in 2001 and saw many achievements along the way, drew to a close on 30 September 2008.
Says Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof CIDs:”We are grateful to G4S for their support and dedication over the past seven years. Our decreased crime statistics attest to the hard work that the security team has put in allowing us to deliver on our mandate to fight crime and grime. We now look forward to turning a new page and continuously improving our visible policing.
Vetus Schola – which is a Latin reference to a group of elite soldiers who do things the tried and tested way – is the brain child of brothers’ Chris and Gerhard Muller and Patrick and Vincent Ricketts. The company originally started by offering risk management and electronic security services and subsequently expanded its offering to include a unique guarding service and close protection division.
The four directors jointly offer their clients 25 years of experience in the SAPS VIP Protection and Crime Prevention units, 10 years in the private security sector, eight years in the Flying Squad and Dog Unit as well as experience in VIP protection for foreign dignitaries (including Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II).
The number of 24 hour security officers patrolling the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas includes a total of 47 members, with the support of a dedicated management team and inclusive of four patrol vehicles.
Additional infrastructure and 24 hour support, including trained security dogs will also be available to the CIDs as part of the service offering.
In addition, Vetus Schola services the Sea Point CID which will facilitate effective joint operations and increased partnership opportunities for the three bordering CIDs.
Says CID Security Manager, Marius Swanepoel: “I am confident that we have a highly competent and motivated team on the ground, made up of both new and old faces. As nothing has changed within the CID management structure we will continue to fulfil our mandate to the best or our ability and, I believe, continually improve our effectiveness as we move forward.
Concludes Patrick Ricketts, Operations Director from Vetus Schola: “We are all ex-police men and so the opportunity to once again make use of our experience and experience to assist in making the community a safer place, excites us. We are very happy to be part of the GP and OK CIDs and look forward to many successes in the joint fight against crime”.
Date Created: 2008-10-16 | Last Update : 2008-10-16