Blueguard Security, Inc. was founded in Abingdon, Maryland in 2006. Joseph Conger, Owner & President, entered law enforcement in 1995, and brought varied law enforcement experience to the table including patrol, supervision, training, narcotics, forensics, technology, special response, and K9. He also worked in various security assignments in addition to his law enforcement career.
Working on a variety of assignments, the President learned about the security profession and its similarities and differences with law enforcement. Knowing the volume of police officers working secondary employment as security, and the various wages, assignments, and working conditions, he decided to form a new organization. Having experienced such conditions first hand, he wanted to create a new professional organization focusing on quality of service while at the same time providing superior working conditions for the employees.
Blueguard Security was formed as a security company specializing in the application of Off-Duty Law Enforcement Officers. This provided officers with an organized secondary employment structure with improved working conditions. Officers were given employee status, regular pay check dates, tax withholdings, social security contributions, workers compensation coverage, liability insurance coverage, and company provided uniforms. Company vehicles were also added to selected assignments. An interactive website was also developed to allow employees to update personal information, provide work availability, receive work assignments, submit activity reports, and receive communications from management. These were all significant improvements to the working conditions offered with other organizations.
Focusing on quality of service, Blueguard Security began to grow rapidly. In the effort to provide truly customized security solutions, Certified Security Officers were added to the staff and services of the organization. The addition of non-law enforcement personnel allowed for customers to select from different levels of protection based on their individual project needs. Certified Security Officers began serving in full time and part time capacities, as well as in team assignments together with Off-Duty Law Enforcement.
As the Certified Security Officer program continued to grow, Wayne Conger joined the organization as a full time principal director. Already experienced in private security and private investigation service, he was easily able to hit the ground running. Originally assigned to recruitment and selection of new employees to keep up with the fast paced growth, his role was quickly expanded to become the first dedicated manager for Certified Security Officers, and has since grown into the position of Vice President.
By early 2008, a permanent office needed to be established in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Office provided a headquarters for management and staff operations. As with everything else, this too has grown into an employment center, a training center, and a supply management facility.
Growth has been the true story of our organization. Among other recognition, Blueguard Security received the award for Future Fifty Emerging Growth Company by Smart CEO Magazine in 2010 and again in 2011. And in 2012 Blueguard Security was selected to service the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operations in Maryland following Superstorm Sandy.
Blueguard Security continues to grow today. Providing quality security service and customized on-site protection solutions continues to be the foundation of all operations. With the input, effort, and collaboration of all members, Blueguard Security will continue to know success. A bright future lies ahead.