D.C. school guards may be convicts

July 14, 2005 at 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- A number of licensed security guards in Washington, D.C. public schools have arrest records, says a draft report from the city's inspector general.

The draft was obtained by the Washington Times, and states cocaine possession, counterfeiting and assault among infractions by a randomly selected section of the city's school security.

Watkins Security, the security firm previously hired by the city, blamed the Metropolitan Police Department for failing to adequately screen guards. A criminal record does not automatically disqualify a prospective guard, however. Licenses have been issued provided 10 years have passed for a felony conviction or five years for a misdemeanor conviction.

Concerns about security guard backgrounds were raised after a guard from Hawk One Security, newly hired by the school system, was arrested for armed robbery late last week.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
One arrested after Philadelphia college lockdown
Boehner delays House vote for new speaker
NASA releases thousands of Apollo mission photos on Flickr
Snowden: U.S. won't respond to offers to serve prison time
FDA approves new treatment for advanced lung cancer