The DK chatter was initiated in early 2015, and with each edition we have evolved.  We are blessed at DK Security with a wonderful family and we want to acknowledge our family. Please take the time to scroll each newsletter and read not only about DK news and reminders, but also our fellow DK officers and staff who are celebrating accomplishments, expanding their families, and experiencing both joy and sadness. Thank you for being a part of our family!
 

Hello Team,
We have had a very busy summer as you know, with Common Ground Music Festival, Picnic Pops, Summer Concerts at Meijer Garden, a plethora of concerts at Van Andel Arena and many temp assignments.  Thank you all for stepping up and helping out!   Summer is winding down and students are getting ready to go back to school, hard to believe it’s almost Fall! Many of you are students yourself, we wish you the best as you start another year of your education.
We’ve also been consumed with getting one of our newest clients, the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, up and running. It’s an amazing site to see up there.  Recently, I was able to visit along with others to help with the transition. While there, we met with our Project Manager, Site Supervisors and other key personnel. They are very dedicated employees and have been such an asset to DK Security.  It was very impressive for me to see and very exciting for DK Security.  If you have never been to the Soo, I highly recommend a visit.

Brigid Klodzinski
Executive Assistant / Investigations Manager

compliance check

WORK-RELATED INJURY
Any employee who is involved in a work-related accident and/or is otherwise suspected of being under the influence of unauthorized drugs or alcohol while at work, will be required to submit to drug and alcohol testing. If the employee tests positive, he/she will be immediately terminated. If the employee refuses to submit to the drug screen, that will be considered a voluntary resignation.

GROOMING POLICY

DK Security has a strict (zero exceptions) grooming policy which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
No visible tattoos (please note, short sleeve shirts are worn during warmer months)
No piercings (with the exception of females wearing stud earrings)
No facial hair (with the exception of neatly trimmed moustaches)
Men’s hair must not extend over the shirt collar or ears
Females must pull hair into ponytail unless shorter than shirt collar
Hair and make-up should be natural in color.
  promotions and
new management

There are several new promotions and management positions to announce this month.  Congratulations to our excellent DK leaders, please scroll down to see them all!


Tim Bryant

 Site Supervisor
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base

Mr. Tim Bryant has been with DK Security since June of 2012 holding various positions within the company. His current position is Site Supervisor.

Glenn Wallis Jr.

Sgt. of the Guards
Soo Locks

Mr. Glenn Wallis Jr. has been an officer at the Soo Locks since 1996, he was recently rehired by DK Security after winning back the Soo Locks contract in July. He remained in his current position as Sergeant of the Guard.
Michael Whitney Captain of the Guards
Soo Locks
Mr. Michael Whitney recently retired from the Sault Ste Marie Police Department to join DK Security as our Captain of the Guard at the Soo Locks.

Travis Ziesmer

 Security Site Supervisor
US Coast Guard
Detroit

Mr. Travis Ziesmer was recently promoted to Security Site Supervisor at the US Coast Guard, he has been with DK Security in January of 2015.
good news

Congratulations to Joe and Elisabetta Palazzolo on their newest addition! Baby Ariana was welcomed into this world on August 1, 2016 weighing 7lbs. 3oz. Ariana joins big brothers Finnegan and Giovanni. Ariana’s dad is a part-time Security Officer at Selfridge Air National Guard base near Detroit.
Brothers, Randy O’Connell and Ryan O’Connell, both graduated from Kellogg Community College Police Academy this past Spring. Randy O’Connell was hired by the Mendon Police Department as a part-time Police Officer and Ryan O’Connell was hired by the Constantine Police Department as a part-time Police Officer. We are fortunate to have them both stay on at KCC where they will fill in when needed. Congratulations on your graduations’ and best wishes as you begin your law enforcement careers!
Congratulations to Kristopher Wells and his wife Brooke, they were married on July 16, 2016. Kristopher is a part-time Security Officer at Joint Forces Headquarters near Lansing.

Jeremy Lincoln and Kayleigh Rogers welcomed a baby girl, Amelia, on July 14, 2016.  Jeremy is a part-time Security Officer for Kellogg Community College. Congratulations on your new baby girl!

Elias Williams, Assistant Site Supervisor at the Capitol Complex in Lansing, was married on July 23rd to Chelsea Khouri. Congratulations!

Nathan Withington accepted an internship with the Michigan State Police, Nathan is a part-time Security Officer at Grand Ledge Army Aviation Support Facility. Best of luck, Nathan!

in our thoughts

Please keep the following employees and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Amy Tottingham lost her brother, Chad Tottingham, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Amy is a Security Officer at MSU-Flint. You may view his obituary by clicking here.

Alex Topie, a part-time Security Officer at Kellogg Community College, lost his Great Grandmother, Betty Louise Mosher on Friday, July 29, 2016. Click here to read her obituary.

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outstanding performers

This month we recognized two Outstanding Performers from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport with a luncheon in their honor. We had the pleasure of hosting Cheif Dave Wills and Sgt. Paul Beauchamp from the airport. We appreciate the support these gentlemen showed in recognizing our “Outstanding” recipients.

Jason Miller
Mr. Jason Miller was recognized on August 4, 2016 as an DK Outstanding Performer. Mr. Miller joined the DK team in January of this year as a part-time Security Officer, and has already made quite an impact on our client. Mr. Miller has been praised for his ethics and integrity.. He was recently recognized by the airport for providing great customer service along the airport curb and his honesty. Mr. Miller received a monetary tip from an airport patron for the help he provided, and he turned it in to the airport office, as he knows he can not accept tips.  Our client was pleased to tell us that they receive very few complaints and many compliments about our security team at the airport. Thank you Jason for your outstanding performance. We are proud to have you represent DK Security!
June Ellison
Ms. June Ellison was also recognized at our August luncheon, of which she was unable to attend as she was caring for a sick neighbor. This speaks to Ms. Ellison’s character which is exactly why she was honored as an outstanding performer. Ms. Ellison has been with DK Security since March of 2014 working as a part-time Security Officer at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. She was nominated by her supervisor for her work ethic and dedication. Willing to forego her only off weekend to pick up an extra shift when needed. June has been quoted saying, “I have the best job in the world.” June, we think we have the “best employees in the world” and we are grateful that you are one of them. Thank you for all you do!
anniversaries
(5 or more years)
Eugene Berzley Jr – 17 Yrs
Betty MacDonald – 17 Yrs
Thomas Polmanteer – 16 Yrs
Kim Sherrod – 12 Yrs
Jeremy Crandell – 12 Yrs
Tara Saelens – 12 Yrs
David Rakowski – 12 Yrs
Brigid Klodzinski -11 Yrs
Adil Sefer – 7 Yrs
Zachary Mohr – 7 Yrs
Richard Herman – 6 Yrs
Dan McCaul – 6 Yrs
Connie Davis – 6 Yrs
Deborah DeFouw – 6 Yrs
Dennis Zaengle – 6 Yrs
Charles Starkey – 6 Yrs
David Carlson – 6 Yrs
Cheryl Platschorre – 6 Yrs
Terry Hanes – 6 Yrs
Laverne Reed – 5 Yrs
new employees
(New hires forJuly)
Malaika Abdullah
Jane Baker
Carrington Baldwin
Brittany Behm
Tatyana Brewer
Dylan Brooks
Derek Burandt
Marc Burd
Jalen Burt
Kenneth Campbell
Christopher Chancey
Paul Chittenden
Jennifer DeHaan
Austin Dietz
Kirk Dutton
Gabrielle Egedy
Matthew Fliearman
Shannon Golden-Canute
Sharriefah Henry
Cody Lane
Gregory Leger
David Lobdell
Tamika Lofton
Sarah Lower-Marlatt
Dalton MacKay
Kristina Marsh
Jared Mersino
Brandon Mikula
Jazmine Moore
Clifford Mua
Melanie Newton
Austin Nutzmann
Christopher Pluymers
Ronda Reister-Conners
Steven Robbins
Trevaughn Saxon
David Schneider
Matthew Smith
Caton Soncarty
LaVonne Taylor
Trevon Thomas
Gabriel Venticinque
Bruce Wagner
Christopher Zalut
Francie Zarate
locations

DK WEST MI DIVISION
(Headquarters)

5160 Falcon View Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 656-0123 Phone
(800) 535-0646 Phone
(616) 656-4200 Fax

DK LANSING DIVISION
700 N. Washington Ave.
Suite 201
Lansing, MI 48906
(616) 656-0123 Phone
(800) 535-0646 Phone
(517) 316-2142 Fax

DK EAST MI DIVISION
3301 W. Grand Blvd.
Suite 571
Detroit, MI 48202
(616) 656-0123 Phone
(800)535-0646 Phone
(313) 502-5394 Fax

our mission


Supporting the professional development and well-being of our employees

Providing the highest quality security services to our clients and community

Honoring our Christian stewardship by helping those in need

Maintaining the financial stability to carry out this mission