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Paladin expands Kamloops branch with acquisition


Paladin Security announced it has finalized the acquisition of Kamloops, B.C.-based Desert City Investigations and Security Inc. as of Jan. 1.

It is the first such acquisition for Paladin’s Kamloops location, which opened in 2013. Desert City was established in 1990.

Ryan Anderson, Paladin Security

“Living within the same local communities as Desert City’s clients, our Kamloops-based management team takes this growth of responsibility seriously. We are committed to promoting their legacy indefinitely,” said Ryan Anderson, Paladin Security’s Kamloops branch operations manager, in a company statement. “Providing a full range of security services, Desert City has reduced risk to property owners through an approach that Paladin will continue to maintain and grow further.”

Since it began operations in the Thompson-Nicola region, which includes Kamloops, Paladin says it has seen business growth, providing security services to three of the largest retail shopping centres, as well as municipal and provincial government facilities in the area. According to the company, “The acquisition of Desert City is a perfect fit for Paladin because it bolsters our existing mobile security department and allows us to offer our new and existing clients a higher level of support, including increased hours of operation and responsiveness.”

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Shane Wright, executive vice-president, Paladin Security, B.C., added, “As our business enters its eighth year of operation in Kamloops, and 45th year of service nation-wide, we are firmly committed to growing our local market presence and expanding our quality-driven, holistically-approached security solutions to benefit all clients in the region.”

Shane Wright, Paladin Security

According to Paladin, Desert City’s president Pat Bodnard will retire after 33 years in the industry. “We feel very honoured that Pat has entrusted us to assume the care for his clients who have been so loyal to him over the years,” said Wright.

Office manager Peggy Mathers will move into an office role with Paladin. Desert City’s team of over 30 officers will remain in place through the transition.