Sparta Security is expanding its operations to Stockton, where its security personnel will be patrolling the city. The private security contractor has been mired in controversy, but that does not worry the CEO of the company, Francis Jones.
Jones hopes to be able to make Stockton safe using his company’s hard-line methods of dealing with crime. He also stated that the company is looking to hire new staff to ensure that the streets of Stockton are kept safe and crime-free.
He also mentioned that Stockton has a problem with crime, and Sparta’s security personnel will be patrolling the area on foot to keep a lookout for potential intruders and burglars.
Stockton a challenge for Security Contractors
Jones, who is an ex-boxer, said that Sparta Security would find Stockton a challenge as the city is a big place. However, he hopes to use the same approach that the company is currently using in Darlington, where it is part of the StreetSafe service.
While Sparta Security states that it will beat any price offered by other security contractors, it also claims to use hi-tech devices such as night vision and thermal imaging alongside different restraining techniques to apprehend suspects. However, the security company has drawn a lot of criticism.
In 2010, Darlington Council and Durham Police accused Jones of taking advantage of people’s fear of crime to further Sparta Security’s business interests and undermining the confidence that people had in the police.
Durham Police Superintendent Paul Unsworth said that he was concerned about the skills and abilities of Sparta Security personnel.
The company has ex-military security personnel, and Jones stated that his staff will continue using a professional and proactive approach to keep Stockton safe, just like the company has done in Darlington with its patrol vehicles and plain-clothed security officers and guards.