“El Nuevo Herald” reported thoroughly about recent protest and deprecation among passengers pointing their fingers into provided security levels on the Metrorail and Metromover. According to the allegations, the passengers are highly unsatisfied by protection rail and bus networks get over the last few years. Since the matter of safeguarding rail and bus network was handled to the Wackenhut Corporation for huge money, this company is now in the spotlight.
What happened to the service of guards?
Namely, Miami – Dade government granted a no-bid 89-million dollars’ contract to the Wackenhut Corporation to safeguard the rail and bus networks. The contract is set to last five years. However, the problem occurred recently, when frustrated passengers protested against this company, claiming that County’s transport is getting “phantoms” as safeguards since true security guards are usually absent from their spots. Meanwhile, the train and bus network remains unprotected, and The Wackenhut Corp. continues to get enormous money for the non-existing services.
Concerns of the citizens
Worried and bitter passenger express concerns for their safety and the safety of their property due to completely unguarded rail and bus network. There are many questions citizens addressed to government and directly to the Wackenhut Corporation concerning abuse of the public function, peculation of a huge sum of money (paid by taxpayers) and irresponsibility when it comes to public safety. The citizens demand an investigation and prompt solution to the problem.
The most urgent issue is organizing safeguards during the night shifts and passengers suggest municipal police, as a temporary solution. The regular passengers are warning the government and the chosen security company that adequate reacting provided after some potential tragedy happens will be too late.
Investigation in the security company
Wackenhut security is officially under the criminal investigation since federal investigators raided the headquarters. This huge government contractor is facing charges for overbilling taxpayers millions of dollars meant for county transport. The management of the security company is accused of the strategy of overworking and underpaying workers and failing to conduct the projects taxpayers gave money for. Aside peculation of a large amount of money, the security company is charged for threatening public safety by neglecting the primary duties and leaving county transport fully unguarded. Safeguards who were supposed to work in this security system got some minor tasks and significantly less money than they should have.
SEIU welcomes Exelon
Soon after the drama with Wackenhut Corporation was revealed and pushed into all media, Exelon Corporation came out with the official announcement that it was going to terminate Wackenhut Corp. at its ten nuclear facilities. The announcement was welcomed by Service Employees International Union, SEIU, as “the right thing to do.” Officials from SEIU released the statement that supports the actions of Exelon Corporation. As stated, they see the current changes as common sense after the recent affair and hope to see Exelon providing a clean slate, better system and future progress where Wackenhut Corporation failed.