Security officer Gilbert Saldanha has been recognised by his employer, the Security Centre Ltd, for his actions during a robbery attempt.
Mr. Saldanha was on duty at Maedac House on 15 February when he was attacked from behind, the Security Centre said. The assailant sprayed gasoline in the face of the security officer and temporarily blinded him, but Mr. Saldanha was still able to alert the workers on site so they could take evasive action to prevent the robbery, according to the security firm.
The management team selected Mr. Saldanha, who was injured in the attack, for its quarterly internal award for a security officer who goes beyond the call of duty.
The Security Centre equips their security officers with a cell phone and radio so they are in direct contact with the duty supervisor at all times.
“We want to make sure that our officers on duty can contact our duty supervisors or 911 should a situation arise,” says Operations Manager Maria McLean. “We are grateful to Gilbert for his response taking the appropriate steps in preventing a more serious crime from happening in this instance, and we’re happy to recognise him with this Officer of the Quarter award.”