State Helping Vets Get Into Security Business

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Joseph Murtha is the co-owner of ICU Security and Private Investigation.

He does not want his face shown on camera because he says he does undercover work for his clients.

Murtha is currently looking to fill three positions at his company and says he would love to hire people with military experience.

"It's a paramilitary mindset where you tell someone to do something and they do it...with good common sense," said Murtha.

When Murtha heard the state Labor Department was making it a little bit easier for vets to get security jobs, he thought it was good news.

Under the state's "Experience Counts" initiative, military police and other soldiers who are retired or still serving can receive free online training to become a security guard from any One Stop Career Center in New York.

"This initiative allows them to go locally and to just accomplish the same thing in just a couple of hours," said Cheryl Mayforth, executive director of The WorkPlace in Watertown.

Murtha encourages veterans to take advantage of the opportunity.

He says the security industry could be a spring board for something bigger and better.

"I did 25 years in law enforcement. Before I did law enforcement, I was a security guard," said Murtha.

Right now there are about 70 security jobs available in the north country but representatives at The WorkPlace say only a handful of them are in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.

If you're willing to travel, there are more than 20 positions in Syracuse.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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