I will tell you right off, here in the first sentence, this post is basically an endorsement. It is for a great guy, his business and his excellent business practices. As I posted previously: From April 20th through May 5th, I spent Saturdays and Sundays taking the 47 hour NY State Armed Guard certification course. The classes were given by an outfit called Safety Quest Limited. Their web address is: http://safetyquestltd.com. Safety Quest LTD offers other classes too, such as:
The 8 hour Annual NYS Training Course for Armed Security Guards
The 8 hour pre-employment NYS Security Guard Training (unarmed guards)
The 16 hour post-employment NYS Security Guard Training (unarmed)
Annual 8 hour NYS Security Guard recertification training
Annual LEOSA Qualifications
NYS First Responder program
OSHA Training program
The outfit is headed up by Roland Grant and is staffed by members (active and maybe retired?) of the Suffolk County Police Department. I have got to say, they were all professionals. They were not only professionals but while being so they were knowledgeable, open to other ways of doing what they were teaching, courteous, respectful, and genuinely nice guys. In addition, the cost of the training was pretty good. The 47 hour armed guard training went for $700. That included all the training, use of firearms and holsters if needed and targets. Ammunition was additional. Of course, I supplied my own guns and ammo. Others in my local area charge from $800 to $900 from what I saw prior to signing up with Roland. The fee also included the necessary certification upon successful completion of the course. I do not think anyone failed and that is a testament to the training abilities for Roland and his staff. I mean that last sincerely because at first I was pretty certain a couple of guys would flunk out but Roland and his crew whipped those guys into shape before then end of the course.
In addition to the course, there were some additional courtesies that I am guessing, based on my experience with other training courses, that are not offered by other people giving this course. Each day, Roland supplied coffee and either bagels or donuts. He also supplied lunch each and every day of the training. Both the breakfast and lunch were on him, free of charge to the students. When the class was over, he sent out training certificates (two of them per student) on heavy stock that looked somewhat like parchment paper. He also included a letter reminding students of what were their obligations when applying for the actual armed guard license and thanking them for taking the course with him.
Safety Quest Limited and Roland Grant and his staff are a class act. I highly recommend them if you live in the NYC or LI areas and require any of the training that Safety Quest LTD offers. Just in case you are wondering, I did not get anything for this write up; I did it because I thought Roland deserved it. The man and his crew impressed me with business ethics that seem to have almost vanished from the face of the earth but that used to be included among the things that were covered by common courtesy. A hat tip to him and his crew for a job, not only well done, but done with professionalism, courtesy, respect, honor and decency.
All the best,