The COGAR Group, Ltd. (COGAR), a leading professional services, security and protection services firm, announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded the firm with a contract to perform police services to include unarmed security guards, communication officers, and dispatch services at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

COGAR personnel provide 24/7 security services for VAMC. COGAR performs security and protection for multiple buildings and posts via visitor control, surveillance camera and alarm monitoring, central dispatch services, monitor Police and Fire Department frequencies and emergency assistance support. COGAR provides a highly trained guard unit of over 25 individuals for these requirements. Some of the unique requirements of this contract includes the training and qualifications of the Alarm Monitor/Dispatch personnel to have a thorough understanding of First Responder procedures, be National Crime Information Center (NCIC) certified, trained and certified in Public Safety Tele-communications, West Virginia Automated Police Network (WEAPON) trained, maintain CPR/First Aid credentials, and ensures emergency responsiveness and coordinates with on-site VA Police and Fire Departments as well as local emergency services, County, State, and Federal Law Enforcement officials during emergency situations.

The COGAR Group, Ltd. was awarded this contract through a competitive bid process as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. The contract includes a base and four option periods valued at over $6.0 mil. COGAR was tasked to transition the follow-on contract within a fifteen (15) day period with a contract start date of January 1, 2017.  COGAR has a long standing history of providing professional security services to the military and federal government since 2005. COGAR is proud to partner with the VA on this significant requirement.