June 29, 2017 08:24 PM
The Minnesota Board of Private Detectives and Professional Agency Services, a regulatory group that reviews the licenses of security companies every two years, is set to review the renewal application of Monterrey Security, the company responsible for security at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Rick Hodsdon, the chair of the Minnesota Board of Private Detectives and Professional Agency Services, told KSTP he could not comment on any ongoing investigation, but he said the responsibility of keeping U.S. Bank Stadium safe during upcoming events is in the hands of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
"I can tell you we are only the regulatory body that reviews and monitors the license requirements and actions of security companies like Monterrey, but the overall control of the company's contract lies with MSFA," said Hodsdon.
Hodsdon said Monterrey Security's license renewal is scheduled to be reviewed July 20, but any problems found in current investigations of the company would have to be handled by MSFA.
"If we find something problematic, in rare instances, we can notify law enforcement agencies," Hodson said. "But we are somewhat limited as to what we can say publicly in situations like this under state law."
Sources have also told KSTP the FBI is now conducting an investigation as well looking into the same allegations as the Minnesota Board of Private Detectives and Professional Agency Services.
The complaint in May alleged Monterrey Security had falsified its security training records for possibly several hundred employees and that the Chicago-based company had allegedly hired people with serious felony convictions and then gave them security clearance.
A spokesperson for Monterrey Security, Steve Patterson, has denied the allegations. said the company has a good track record over the past 20 years in security roles around the country.
"Monterrey Security has never knowingly hired someone with a criminal background and we are cooperating with state investigators," said Patterson.
A spokesperson for MSFA, Jennifer Hathaway, said the authority has been communicating with state investigators and that U.S. Bank Stadium is a safe place for the public to visit.
"We take these allegations seriously, and we will take whatever action is needed to keep the stadium safe, but we have to wait and see what the investigations bring forward," Hathaway said.
The upcoming ESPN X-games are expected to attract thousands of spectators the weekend of July 13 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Updated: June 29, 2017 08:24 PM
Created: June 29, 2017 06:45 PM
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