Court security Officer Adrian Perez was finishing his lunch at the federal courthouse in Corpus Christi one day last year when he heard a frantic call on his walkie-talkie that a man was firing a shotgun.
ESPANOLA, N.M. - At the end of a dusty road, behind a barbed-wire fence, is the Sikh Dharma of New Mexico, a religious compound with a golden temple of worship, a collection of trailers used for business and a quiet group of people wandering the grounds wearing flowing white robes and turbans
Private security firms have become an essential part of the nation’s homeland security, providing uniformed guards to protect not only government buildings, but also critical infrastructure facilities, transportation hubs and public officials.
SANTA CRUZ— Gurutej Khalsa had always dreamed of being a cop, a dream he chased by attending the federal law enforcement academy and graduating at the top of his class. But police agencies in New Mexico— unable to see beyond his turban and long beard— weren't eager to hire him. Unwilling to shed the trappings of his Sikh religion or to give up his dream, Khalsa turned to four friends, and together they launched Akal Security back in 1980. Akal comes from Sanskrit and means "undying" or "deathless."