Security Company Assisting with Crowd Control at Super Bowl Events Fired

February 02, 2018 07:06 PM

A private security company assisting with crowd control at Super Bowl-related events has been fired for allowing at least one employee with a felony record to work security, according to multiple sources.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has confirmed Minneapolis-based Entertainment Protection Group, hired by the Super Bowl Host Committee, was terminated earlier this week.

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Erik Bergling, the company's founder and chief executive officer, declined to comment when reached by phone Friday. A company spokesperson sent the following statement:

"Due to the nature of our work, and the security services we provide, we are not at liberty to comment on changing security strategies and assignments. EPG has a strong track record and excellent reputation for providing high-quality security services for multiple national events and local venues."

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The company allegedly did not disclose that employees had criminal records, according to a source.

Another source says the company did not play an integral role in the overall Super Bowl security plan. It was unclear how many of the company's employees provided crowd control, or for which events they assisted.

A spokesperson for the National Football League says EPG has no affiliation with the league, and referred all questions to the host committee.

A spokesperson for the host committee issued the following statement Friday:

"Safety and security is and always has been our top priority. We don’t comment on the security measures in place except to say that all efforts are part of an integrated, multi-layered partnership with all levels of law enforcement. We are confident that the security measures in place are appropriate and effective."

G4S, a security company with an office in St. Paul, was hired to take over crowd control responsibilities at Super Bowl-related events, according to a source.

G4S was one of the companies hired by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to take over security during Vikings games and other events at U.S. Bank Stadium last fall after a Chicago-based security firm was fired.

RELATED: Security Company at U.S. Bank Stadium Fired After Investigation

Monterrey Security’s contract was terminated after an investigation found it did not run proper background checks on its employees and did not provide proper training, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at the time.

Monterrey can no longer provide security services in Minnesota.

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