G4S makes major investment in British Columbia

Expanded presence will serve rapidly-growing market

VANCOUVER, July 8, 2015 /CNW/ - G4S Canada is pleased to announce a major investment in the province of British Columbia. In order to meet the demand of this growing and dynamic security market, G4S Canada is dramatically increasing our operational and service capacity. With this investment come new opportunities for public and private sector customers in BC, as well as significant employment opportunities for BC's security professionals.

G4S is Canada's leading security company, employing nearly 10,000 people across the country. We service over 1000 customers across the country, and pride ourselves on providing comprehensive security solutions that transform our clients' security profiles. Our solutions combine our expertise in highly-trained security personnel with our specialized expertise in risk management and security technologies to create benefits that fit with the unique needs of each client.

The security market in BC is one of the fastest growing in the country. Over 16,000 security guards are registered by the BC Ministry of Justice, up from less than half that number in 2004. Private security provide a wide range of services, including patient watch in hospitals, concierge services in condominiums and offices, and health & safety management in the natural resources sector. And, increasingly, private security are being called upon by governments to take over security functions from over-stressed public security agencies. An increased G4S presence in BC recognizes the importance of security professionals to the BC public, as well as the need for strong, stable careers in this growing sector.

Leading the G4S team will be Owen Court, newly-appointed as General Manager for the Pacific Region. Owen brings with him an extensive background in security, forged over 20 years in the public sector. He started his career in the BC Corrections Branch, and went on to serve as a police constable in the RCMP. Owen later joined the BC Coroners Service, where he oversaw daily operations in the Metro Vancouver area. He provided leadership to a diverse team of investigators and support staff, presided over public inquests into high profile investigations, and was ultimately responsible for the quality and timeliness of approximately 1700 investigations per year. More recently, Owen played an integral role in the design, development and implementation of the Independent Investigations Office of BC, a law enforcement agency that investigates serious incidents involving police officers across British Columbia.

About G4S Canada
G4S is a leading provider of security solutions in Canada. G4S offers a unique combination of risk assessments, security personnel, security technology, screening services, and cash management solutions. G4S employs thousands of Canadians and operates in offices from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.g4s.ca  

About G4S
G4S is the leading global integrated security company specializing in the provision of security products, services and solutions.

The group is active in more than 110 countries, and is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange with more than 623,000 employees and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen.

For more information on G4S, visit www.g4s.com


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For further information: Katie McLeod (Communications): 647-678-5111, media@ca.g4s.com


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