Security Grade Protective Services is one of several companies in Colorado providing the cannabis industry with about 100 installations in dispensaries and cultivation facilities. The management team is headed by former marine Derek Porter, who formed the company in 2012. It also includes David Beckett, who has almost a decade of experience in the security industry and worked with Canna Security before joining as VP of Operations a year ago, and Operations Manager David Keyes, who joined a year ago after serving in the Air Force for six years.
The company provides custom security systems, guards, consulting, background checks for employees and compliance solutions. It includes among its clients well-known companies like Denver Relief, Mary’s Nutritionals, The Clinic and The Farm. Industry trade magazine Security Sales & Integration describes the company’s evolution from a consulting company to a provider of a full suite of services. One of the more interesting revelations:
The extent of the security can be characterized by a project Security Grade is currently working on at a large cultivation center and marijuana-infused product (MIP) lab in East St. Louis, Ill. The large Illinois facility is well over 100,000 square feet with 151 cameras. Though not revealed specifically on this project, the cost to secure a facility like this can run as high as $300,000 for the initial installation, according to Beckett.
The article included several photos, including this one of the Illinois facility:
Read Jason Knott’s “Marijuana Dispensary Security? Security Grade Protective Services Strikes Big in Niche Market”: http://www.securitysales.com/article/marijuana_dispensary_security_security_grade_protective_services_strikes_bi/access