DK Alumni

Tyler KinseyOfficer Alma Police Department

“In my 3 years with DK Security, I was given the opportunity to enhance my communication skills, people skills, situational experience and overall knowledge. All of which, have helped me in becoming a Police Officer. Each position I held with DK came with a unique challenge, and the company did a great job providing me a platform to overcome these challenges and grow from them. I would like to express how thankful I am to this company and the people I worked alongside. I believe one of the reasons I made it to where I am today at such a young age, is because of the positive experience I had at DK Security.”

Josh United States Border Patrol Agent

“I believe my time at DK gave me my first real glimpse into the world of law enforcement and further convinced me that it was the career I wanted to pursue. Furthermore, it gave me applicable experience in a professional environment further ensuring that I would be able to succeed at the next level. I would advise current CJ students to ensure that this is a career they are willing to be a part of. We live in a society that needs protecting but doesn’t always appreciate being protected. It’s a dangerous job with little recognition, it’s a job that needs passionate and motivated individuals. Get a security job, go on ride-alongs, do research, talk to those in the field, etc. If it’s for you, study hard, stay out of trouble, and go make a difference in your community.”

Caleb JonesPublic Safety Officer City of Kalamazoo

“My time at DK assisted with my career advancement in law enforcement, particularly my time as an armed guard. Along with being in a position of authority, becoming comfortable handling and carrying a firearm are valuable assets which can ease the transition into law enforcement. We live in delicate times that are growing increasingly critical of officers. As a result, law enforcement agencies are becoming
more cautious of whom they select. Using DK is one of many assets you should consider in order to achieve your career goals.”

Joslyn NarberDenver Sheriff Deputy

“My time at DK led me down my current career path in law enforcement. I did not go to school for a criminal justice degree, however working many areas within DK opened my eyes to the excitement of helping protect our community. My advice to current students interested in law enforcement is to not pursue this career if it is your sole purpose to boss people around. This is a customer service based profession and everyone’s mindset needs to be positive and you must WANT to help others.”

Noah Farrant Police Officer Grandville Police Department

“I believe that during my three years at DK the countless
reports that I wrote pertaining to loss prevention helped
prepare me for one of the most important yet least talked about job requirements of being a police officer. I also think that my time at DK furthered my people skills. My advice to prospective students or those striving to become a police officer is to always better yourself and set goals. There might not be your dream job in the CJ field right away when you graduate, but in time you can work towards it. Use DK and all of the opportunities there to form a network and reach your goals.”

Ian GrahamPublic Safety Officer Rockford Police Department

“I developed basic investigation skills through training and experience gained at DK. I also learned how to communicate effectively, while wearing a uniform and taking enforcement action. Without arrest powers, I had to learn to rely on my communication abilities to gain voluntary compliance. This helped me to develop the “gift of gab” that I use every day as a police officer.”

Robert PerryFormer Officer Michigan State Police

“DK absolutely helped me advance my career. This was a job that helped me grow towards my goal of eventually being a law enforcement officer. My biggest takeaway was learning to interact with people of different views. As a police officer, you cannot just say that I’m the boss this is how it goes. This opportunity gave me real-world examples when interviewing, and it gave me a solid foundation heading into law enforcement. I completed service as an officer with the Michigan State Police, and currently hold a position with a large corporation focusing on credit card fraud.”

Robert Hamelin

Operations Manager
East Michigan

“My favorite part about DK is the team effort! I’m very happy with the way everyone has each other’s back. It makes for great results and one doesn’t get worried about things, because the team will help pull you through it.”

Military:
The United States Marine Corps

Education:
Currently enrolled at the University of Davenport – Business Major

Extracurriculars:
I eat out, a lot! I don’t discriminate against any food type, but I do try to make some healthy choices. It’s hard to do when I don’t like green food, but I love sushi and other seafood.

I also like to work out in group classes. I try to golf every weekend, and I try to sneak in 9 holes here and there during the week.

I also enjoy going to the movies, when COVID isn’t a factor. 

Specializations:
Emergency Response Planning, Parking Security, Retail Security, and Campus Security

Email: roberthamelin@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired at DK in 2020: Security Officer Operations Manager

Nick Goolsby

Operations Manager
East Michigan

“As an Operations Manager, I am glad I am able to assist employees with their concerns, supporting them to ensure their happiness.” 

Education:
Currently attending Oakland Community College in pursuit of a Criminal Justice Degree.

Extracurriculars:
I like to travel, attend sporting events, and go hiking. I am a fan of all Detroit sports teams.

Specializations:
Active Shooter Training, Health Care Security

Email: nickgoolsby@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired in 2019: Armed Security Officer  Operations Manager

AARON COBB

Operations Manager
East Michigan

“My favorite part of the job is the variety!  One day I might be in the office working on my laptop, another day I’m doing site checks, visiting my officers and clients, and yet can find myself standing post.  I love my job!”

Education and Training:
Wayne Regional Police Training Academy: PA 330 Certification

Michigan Dept of Corrections: Leadership Academy, New Sergeants School, Emergency Response Team School, Drill Instructor Academy

Corrections Officer for 12 years, rising through the ranks to Lieutenant

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy anything fitness! I love adventure racing which includes mountain biking, kayaking and trail running. I have competed as a bodybuilder and ran a Spartan Race. When I’m not working or working out, I enjoy good food and being on or near the water.

Specializations:
Emergency Response, Active Shooter Response, CPL Firearms, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Interrogations, Investigations,  Security Operations

Email: aaroncobb@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired in 2020: Operations Manager

Lyman Bailey

Operations Manager
East Michigan

“My favorite part of my job is working with some of the most passionate people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”

Military:
United States Army

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends going golfing, fishing, and hunting.

Specializations:
Active Shooter Response, Armed Operations, CPL Firearms, Hostile Operational Surveillance, Investigations, Military Security

Email: lymanbailey@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired at DK in 2017: Security Officer Lead Officer Regional Supervisor Operations Manager

Elias Williams

Operations Manager
West Michigan

“My favorite part of the job is that every day brings new and unique challenges.”

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Business & Music – Aquinas College

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy reading, travelling, and playing the guitar.

Specializations
Armed Operations, College/University Campus Security, CPL Firearms, CPR Evaluator, Event Management, Judicial Security, Security Operations, Threat Analysis

Email: eliaswilliams@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired in 2014. Security Officer Assistant Supervisor Command Center Supervisor Operations Manager

RJ Wachterhauser

Operations Manager
Mid Michigan

“My favorite part about working for DK is being able to work with a ton of incredible people”

Extracurriculars:
I’m a big University of Michigan football fan. I also enjoy volunteering at the local police department where I am a Reserve Police Officer.

Specializations:
CCTV, CPL Firearms, CPR Evaluator, CPR Instructor, Retail Security, Security Operations

Email: robertwachterhauser@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Doug Monacelli

Operations Manager
East Michigan

“My favorite part about my job is the ability to meet and work with so many great people and having the opportunity to learn something new each day.”

Education and Training:
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice – Western Michigan University

Police Academy Training – Oakland Police Academy

Extracurriculars:
 I enjoy spending time with friends and family. Playing basketball, golfing, weight lifting, and running to stay active. I also volunteer as a youth basketball coach. 

Specializations:
Active Shooter Response, CCTV, CPL Firearms, CPR Evaluator, Investigations,  Security Operations, Retail Security, Security Operations. Surveillance

Email: dougmonacelli@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired in 2020: Operations Manager

Lydia VanDoorne

Operations Manager
West Michigan

“I am passionate about doing my best to ensure that those around me are as successful as possible.”

Education:
Current student at Grand Rapids Community College studying Criminal Justice

Extracurriculars:
– Riding my motorcycle
– Any outdoor activities
– Traveling
– Spending time with nieces and nephews

Specializations:
Security Operations & Surveillance

Career Path at DK Security

Hired at DK in 2016: Security Officer Shift Supervisor Site Supervisor Operations Manager

Amanda Merritt

Operations Manager West Michigan

“My favorite part about working at DK is how supportive everyone is, they are always willing to provide their help and experience to accomplish our goals.”

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, and going for motorcycle rides with friends and family.

Specializations: 
CCTV, Interrogations, Investigations, Organized Retail Crime, Retail Security, Security Operations, Surveillance

Email: amandamerritt@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired in 2019. Operations Manager

Jenny Malone

Operations Manager
West Michigan

Career Path at DK Security

Hired in 2020: Operations Manager

Duncan MacLaren

Operations Manager
West Michigan

“I’m passionate about sharing my personal and professional experience as a coach/mentor with young people who are just starting their careers.”

Experience:
– 30 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections
– Retired as a Warden

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy spending time hunting, fishing, coaching and playing hockey.

Specializations:
Armed Operations, Investigations, Emergency Response Planning, Executive Protection, Event Management, Surveillance, Security Operations, and CPL Firearms

Email: duncanmaclaren@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Career Path at DK Security

Hired at DK in January 2020: Site Supervisor Operations Manager

Kevin Blanker

Operations Manager West Michigan

“My favorite thing about working at DK Security is the atmosphere. Everyone is treated respectfully and as equals. I have worked for most of the large security companies and DK Security has an environment that is unmatched.

Experience:
– 5 Years as a U.S. Marine

– 9 Years in the Security Industry

Education:
Currently pursuing a degree in Cyber Security.

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, particularly comedy and action. I also enjoy playing basketball when the weather is nice. 

Email: kevinblanker@q42.4b0.myftpupload.com

Kenton Cooper

Sr. Operations Manager
West Michigan

“My favorite part about working at DK is being a part of the family atmosphere and being able to work in different security capacities.”

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Business – Calvin College

Extracurriculars:
I enjoy woodworking, hiking, camping, playing sports, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.

Specializations:
Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Executive Protection, Active Shooter Response, Armed Operations, CCTV, Event Management, House of Worship, Security Operations, Threat Analysis, Emergency Response Planning

Career Path at DK Security

Hired at DK in 2019: Security Officer DK Event Staff Operations Manager

John Kendall

President / CEO

“What I appreciate most about DK Security is being a member of the most wonderful and dedicated group of security professionals. We are blessed to have so many incredible leaders throughout the company.”

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Police Administration – Wayne State University
Master of Public Administration, Criminal Justice – Wayne State University

Extracurriculars:
Golfing, boating and reading.

Law Enforcement Career:

U.S. Air Force – Air Police Harbor Springs Police Department – Chief of
Police Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department – Undersheriff U.S. Marshal Service – U.S. Marshal, Western District of Michigan