The Wackenhut Corporation is a security services firm. Founded in 1954, in Coral Gables, Florida, by George Wackenhut and three partners (all former FBI agents), the company is now headquartered in
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The company moved its headquarters to Jupiter, Florida in 2011.
In 2002 the company was acquired for $570 million by Danish corporation Group 4 Falck (itself then merged to form British company G4S in 2004). In 2010, G4S Wackenhut changed its name to G4S Secure Solutions to reflect the new business model.
Wackenhut Security Company Overview

The Wackenhut Corporation is a U.S.-based division of Group 4 Falck A/S, the world's second largest provider of Security Services. Group 4 Falck ( is based in Copenhagen and has activities in more than 80 countries and is the market leader in over half the countries in which it operates.

Wackenhut is a leading provider of contract services to major corporations, government agencies, and a wide range of industrial and commercial customers. The company's security-related services include uniformed security officers, investigations, background checks, emergency protection, and security audits and assessments. Other services include facility operations and management (O & M), fire suppression and prevention, and airport crash-fire-rescue.

The Company has a nationwide network of customer support centers to insure a uniformity of standards of quality service and professionalism, and close attention to local needs.

The Corporation's training arm, the Wackenhut Training Institute develops and conducts training programs not only for Company personnel, from security officers to managers, but also for outside proprietary security force personnel. It offers college accredited courses, training publications and programs tailored to the customer.

Wackenhut has over 40,000 employees and its headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida consists of highly qualified personnel. They are dedicated to providing the organization with a competitive edge - an advantage that enables Wackenhut to realize its vision of being recognized as the premier U.S. provider of contract services to the business, commercial and government markets. 

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Wackenhut Security Services: Security services typically include: permanent guarding service, disaster response, emergency services, control room monitoring, armed security, special event security, security patrols, reception/concierge service, emergency medical technicians (EMT) service, ambassador service.

G4S Wackenhut targets specific sectors: Energy, Utilities, and Chemical/Petrochemical, Financial Institutions, Government, Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities, Major Corporates, Industrials & Construction, Ports and Airports, Residential Communities, Retail and Commercial Real Estate, Transit Systems

Clients include: GSK and U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Wackenhut Nuclear Services:  The Wackenhut Corporation provides armed security services for many nuclear power plants.

In September 2007, former employee Kerry Beal and Paul A. Kennedy videotaped fellow security guards at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station sleeping while on duty. Beal had previously tried to notify supervisors at Wackenhut and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Wackenhut was fired from its role guarding Peach Bottom and nine other nuclear plants


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Further readingG4S Wackenhut rebrands as G4S

G4S Wackenhut pursues a bold new business strategy

Obituary of George Wackenhut from Blog of Death

Obituary of George Wackenhut from the Washington Post

Wackenhut: Prisons, profits and golf umbrellas

Video of Sleeping Guards Shakes Nuclear Industry

Wackenhut security officer dies 'heroically' at Holocaust Museum

Two G4S Wackenhut security guards wounded in attack on US Consulate General

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