Security guards cleared to work at mining site

Security guards cleared to work at mining site

Bulletproof Securities, the company hired to guard the Gogebic Taconite mining site in northwestern Wisconsin has been granted a license.

“Bulletproof Securities has completed the required application process and has been granted a security guard agency license effective August 5,” Brittany Lewin, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services public information officer said in an email.

The complaints filed regarding the company were reviewed and have been closed, Lewin said.

A Gogebic Taconite spokesman said Bulletproof guards will return to the site and join a mix of Wisconsin security firms and local off-duty police officers protecting the area. He declined to say when the guards would return.

Gogebic suspended the use of Bulletproof Securities last month when it was discovered that the security guard company was not licensed in the state of Wisconsin.

Gogebic originally hired Arizona-based Bulletproof Securities after a mining protest led to criminal charges against a demonstrator from Stevens Point. Mining equipment was damaged and a cellphone and camera were taken.