Monday, May 5, 2014

Security crucial to TSLA holdings...

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is the repository for all state documents. Tennessee’s three constitutions, all legislative acts, all of the governors' papers, collections containing documents from Tennessee’s three presidents – Jackson, Johnson and Polk....and countless irreplaceable documents and maps are housed in this facility. Because of the uniqueness of this facility, including the necessary security for the collections and controlled temperature and humidity requirements for archival storage, it is imperative that in addition to securing the building, critical building systems must be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Walden Security Supervisor Team - Back Row Left to Right: Mark Strickland, Kenneth Choate, George Ball, Jovanta Turner, Albert Thenthirath, Eric Crawford Front Row Left to Right: Larry Scarbrough, Timothy Pullin, Jonathan Rollison, Not Pictured: Angela Parrish.

In order to meet these needs the Facilities Management Section of TSLA has established a security contract that provides security officers training specifically to meet the building's specific requirements. Walden Security was awarded the contract and leading the Walden Security team of officers is none other than Walden’s “Security Officer of the Year”, Mr. Kenneth (Casey) Choate. We are fortunate to have such a distinguished employee supervising our security officers and congratulate Casey in being recognized with this award.

In the first of a series of training sessions, the Walden Security supervisor team took part in a training walk-through for the security rounds that their security officers conduct nightly. This training session was the first of three to be conducted. Next week we will see the "security flex team". These officers will be informed of the special needs required by the Library and Archives in the event their presence is necessary for filling shifts. The third session will be for the security officers routinely assigned to the Library and Archives.

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

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