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    Steve Cochennet

    Steve Cochennet is CEO of Guardian 8. He has worked with founders, engineers and security experts in the field of camera technology, first for law enforcement and now for the security industry. Connect with him on:
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    Mall Cop 2: A Good Laugh, and a Timely Reminder

    Posted by Steve Cochennet on Apr 10, 2015


    This post was originally published on LinkedIn.

    Wherever you go, they’re there. You may not pay much attention to them, but they are on the job protecting the public in shopping malls, stadiums, hospitals, schools and many more places.

    Security guards are among America's unsung heroes.  Saturday, April 11, is National Security Guard Day.  It's a chance to stop and recognize the service security professionals provide every day across the country to help keep the public safe.

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    Topics: Training

    Security Guards Face Daily Risks; Proper Tools Can Keep Them Safe

    Posted by Steve Cochennet on Apr 2, 2015


    This post was originally published on LinkedIn

    Security guards put their lives on the line every day. Unfortunately, injuries are a regular job hazard. All too frequently security guards are assaulted in the line of duty.

    Take for example, a recent incident in Riverside, California. The Press-Enterprise reports a suspect pulled a knife on a security guard outside a McDonald's. As the security guard approached, the suspect attacked. The security guard suffered cuts on both arms, but fortunately wasn't seriously injured.

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    How We Help You Get a "Yes" to New Security Gear

    Posted by Steve Cochennet on Mar 26, 2015


     When Guardian 8 first formed back in 2008, we were motivated by a single goal: to create a solution to the problem that made being a security guard one of the most hazardous jobs there are. We knew it would revolutionize professional security when we created a new category called Enhanced Non-Lethal. We assembled a team of experts representative of the best in the industry, including companies like TASER, Digital Ally and Garmin. We incorporated the technology of companies like Sabre Red, BladeTech and Bluetooth. We patented our own precision OC stream to create a product that filled the role of an "intermediate" response - as I like to say, between talking to 'em and shooting at 'em.  

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    Topics: non-lethal tools, Officer Safety

    Oh Canada! It's Time to Improve Hospital Security

    Posted by Steve Cochennet on Mar 23, 2015


    This post appeared originally on LinkedIn.

    Violent attacks on hospital staff are not limited to the United States. Recently, Canada has experienced high profile assaults that have left defenseless workers injured.

    The Vancouver Sun reports a nurse at Abbotsford Regional Hospital in British Columbia was the victim of a "vicious attack" by a patient in the emergency room. The B.C. Nurses' Union is calling for better training for hospital staff and more security guards in emergency rooms. "The health employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees," said union Vice President Christine Sorensen.

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    Topics: Healthcare Security, private security

    Hospital Security is in Critical Condition; Changes Needed STAT!

    Posted by Steve Cochennet on Mar 13, 2015


    This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

    Security is a major concern for the hospital industry. With violent incidents on the rise, hospitals are looking for new ways to protect patients and staff from potential threats.

    St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. is still reeling from an attack last fall that left four staff members injured. Video of the attack shows the panic that occurred when a man went on a rampage chasing workers with a metal object.

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    Topics: Healthcare Security, Healthcare Violence, Officer Safety

    Making Malls Safer with Non-Lethal Defense

    Posted by Steve Cochennet on Mar 3, 2015


    This post appeared originally on LinkedIn.

    In the past few days, Homeland Security has warned shopping malls in the United States to be on alert after a Somali militant group released a video calling for attacks on American shopping centers. While the threat of terrorism is real and needs to be taken seriously, malls also need to address other security concerns that are much more likely to occur than a terrorist attack.

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    Topics: Security Industry, public safety, private security

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