June 1, 2017
Nike, PepsiCo, Cargill and Embassies among Those Seeking Increased Protection
Multi-national companies with worldwide operations and militaries and embassies of the U.S., the European Union (EU), NATO and allied countries are turning to a U.S. security company to strengthen their security postures in order to better protect their facilities, assets, executives and diplomats. Among these are Nike in South America, PepsiCo in the Middle East, Cargill in Africa and embassies and consulates on five continents, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Vatican and dozens others.
The U.S. security company, Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions (Torres), is a leading U.S. security firm. Torres has protected 24 U.S. Embassies and Consulates and more than 30 U.S. military bases globally since 2008 and is the only security firm to have provided services in Iraq and Afghanistan that has not been involved in harming innocent civilians during its eight-years protecting U.S. and coalition troops under hostile conditions. In fact, Torres is best remembered in both Iraq and Afghanistan for its humanitarian programs, including promoting education for women and providing donations to hospitals.
Torres today fields and manages the two-largest U.S. Embassy security forces in the world – the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan, with about 2,000 security officers, and the U.S. Embassy and Operating locations in Uganda, with about 1,000 security officers. Torres’s security forces are among the most successful of U.S. security firms serving in hazardous areas around the world. In the past five-years, they have prevented and stopped hundreds of attempted breaches and attacks directed towards U.S. and NATO military installations and U.S., EU and foreign nation embassy facilities without injury to customers or civilians. They have repelled small arms and rocket attacks by terrorists and extremists and administered life-saving first aid to dozens of U.S. military, diplomatic and civilian personnel. They have protected personnel and facilities from violent demonstrations during periods of civil unrest and seized explosive detonation devices before they were discharged. “All in a day’s work,” says Torres’s CEO, Mr. Jerry Torres.
What garners such success? According to Torres’s CEO, a retired member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and former Green Beret, the keys to success are implementing a regimented system of continuous drills, exercises and rehearsals based on real-life scenarios, combined with extensive training and adherence to strict quality control oversight. Torres’s security officers all receive a minimum of 140 hours of initial training that includes intensive hands-on practice and frequent skills tests and examinations. This is followed by routine in-service training during their tenure. All graduates must score 100% on all hands-on tests and 95% on all written examinations. Before acceptance into the training program, candidates are screened through local, national and international law enforcement organizations and human rights violation databases and must pass rigorous psychological examinations and integrity assessments. Security officer candidates that pass screening have a 90% probability of graduating and becoming valuable members of Torres’s security forces. Promoting teamwork is also a key to success, leading to high graduation and retention rates. Instructors promote teamwork to engender cohesiveness as a critical pathway to success as both a valued member of the Torres team and in protecting customer assets and personnel. Candidates are taught that “individuals win if the team wins.” As one of the few PSC.1 and ISO-certified security companies, Torres also implements strict procedures to guarantee quality control of its operations and personnel.
Torres’s security force instructors are highly qualified, retired U.S. and NATO armed forces and law enforcement personnel with extensive experience in their areas of expertise. These men and women have led military operations and protected U.S. and allied bases in hazardous duty locations around the world, including in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. They are led by Mr. Torres himself, who, during his 25-year career with the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and Green Berets, served on nearly every continent, including in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, and planned and led more than 100 combat missions in which his teams captured the largest number of Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters during his tenure under Operation Enduring Freedom.