From the Desk of Michael Yoell, CEO, Core Security Solutions

Legalization brings a new set of guidelines, rules and oversight requiring cannabis providers to follow City/State security and safety protocols.

The management team at CORE Security Solutions consists of highly trained and experienced law enforcement professionals with over 60 years of collective experience in close protection and investigative backgrounds – all fully capable of handling security for cannabis dispensaries, large and small.

What follows is the first in a series of blogs all featuring Best Security Practices at Cannabis Dispensaries collected from years of our professional experience.

A Q&A of Best Security Practices

Q: What makes for top security at a Cannabis Dispensary?

A: First and foremost, a written security plan must include the protection of all your assets: employees, facilities, patients and recreational clients. As the legalization of cannabis opens new doors for entrepreneurs, the regulation of dispensaries will be a top priority for state and local municipalities.

Q: Does your security plan extend beyond the confines of your dispensary facility?

A: It should. Don’t forget your neighbors. People residing and working in the vicinity of a cannabis dispensary operation will want assurances that their own safety and businesses are guarded against any crime and blight issues that could possibly occur.

Q: How important is the physical location of your cannabis dispensary?

A: When looking at an overall security plan you must analyze the various safety and security threats that are significant to your facility. The neighborhood is a good place to start when looking at potential threats.

Q: Other than locks on doors and windows, how do you keep unwanted visitors out of your facility?

A: Engage a security professional to evaluate the vulnerability of your facility is a good place to start. CORE Security Solutions experienced team can help you developed that part of your security plan. A quality video surveillance system with night vision and motion activation is a great way to minimize risk and double as an alarm system.

Q: Are you prepared to keep your product from walking out the door due to theft?

A: Not unless you’ve instituted a loss prevention system by coordinating POS with RFID tags. Such a system makes it easy to locate missing products and detects when employees are bilking the dispensary owner.

Q: How can you make your Security Plan a living document?

A: Prepare and frequently update your plan – and don’t forget to include adequate staff training conducted on a consistent basis. This ensure protocols and procedures are followed in the event of a security incident or emergency. Be prepared.

Q: What other services does CORE Security Solutions provide?

A: To name a few, uniformed armed/unarmed security services to California cannabis dispensaries and secure cannabis and cash transports throughout California utilizing retired law enforcement officers. The management of CORE also offers executive protection, asset protection and security, first aid and first responder training services.

The Benefits and Important of SKUs

Managing inventory with SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) is important for any business that stores or sells products. SKU management allows you to tag any stock unit(s) in your warehouse/inventory room with a unique number or code to help you easily track your inventory. 

Tracking Inventory

Creating and using SKUs helps you easily track your inventory items and their variants in lists, invoices, manufacturing and purchase orders. Lengthy product names and variant attributes can cause communication errors which in turn can affect your inventory’s accuracy and shrink. 

As a distributor inventory moves in and out on a constant basis. Knowing where your inventory is in relation to the product life flow cycle is imperative especially when dealing with distributions to multiple locations and multiple drivers out deliveries. 

Replenishing Inventory 

Managing large amount of inventory can be challenging for any businesses of all sizes. By implementing SKUs to each product, you can keep better track of your inventory level, organize based on priority level of the product, and replenish as needed. 

As orders come in and shipments go out you must replenish inventory to keep your clients orders fulfilled. This creates a trusting ecosystem of reliable inventory and on time orders being fulfilled. Tracking what you sent out for orders, what you have in stock, and doing some inventory forecasting can help the replenishing process significantly. 

Identifying Profits 

According to TradeGecko  “By tracking product variants with SKUs you can report not just on the main product line, but right down to the individual variation of the product, i.e. color, size, material. These reports can help determine which product variants are your best sellers and which are underperforming. Not only does this give you a clearer picture of your major profit streams, but also helps you make strategic product decisions to grow your business.”

Wanted: Experienced Security Professionals

Armed security officers start at $20.00/hour and up depending on experience and training.

Core Security Solutions, Inc. is  seeking experienced security professionals who exemplify our ethics and values. Core Security Solutions, Inc. provides a team atmosphere, opportunities for advancement, competitive pay and medical benefits.

Armed security officers start at $20.00/hour and up depending on experience and training. We offer a wide selection of mobile and fixed positions, excellent work environments, uniforms and equipment. If you are interested in  a career in law enforcement, working as an armed security officer offers experience that police agencies like to see in their candidates, including observation, conflict resolution, verbal communication and report writing skills.

We offer a hiring bonus of $250.00 to new employees, $100.00 after 90-days of successful employment and $150.00 after 180-days of successful employment.

Rapid supervisory and managerial advancement opportunities are available to career minded employees displaying outstanding performance. If you need firearm training and/or re-qualifications, this can be completed through Core Training Solutions, our subsidiary security training company.

If you are interested in applying for one of our armed guard positions please send your resume to info@core-ops.com or you can visit the job posting on Indeed to apply and upload your resume directly.

The Benefits of Security Officers

 

Businesses understand that theft and other crimes can occur at any time, construction sites, banks and dispensaries are even larger  targets than your average business for criminals. Uniformed security officers can be used to deter crime and maintain security while lending a helping hand to customers and keep the employees feeling safe and secure in their workplace.

Sense of Security

The presence of a security officer can provide peace of mind and a sense of security to employees and customers.  A security presence also lets customers know that you are concerned about their safety and willing to take the necessary steps to ensure it.

Customer Service

A strategically placed security officer can have a substantial amount of interaction with clients. Whether the officer is posted at a reception area or a main entrance, he/she may be the first interaction a client or colleague may have with a member of your staff. Hiring professional and personable officers, trained to make eye contact and greet people warmly, communicates that your business is safe and customer-oriented. It also sends a message to would-be criminals that you have someone on site that is vigilant and responsive.

Prevention

Simply having a security officer on-site is a great deterrent to crime. Criminals will think twice about targeting a business that has uniformed protection. Professional guards are trained to make eye contact, look for and report suspicious activity, and document their observations. A quality security officer will assess a situation, react to security breaches, and notify management or law enforcement as necessary.

Crime

There are several determining factors for deciding whether to maintain an armed or unarmed security presence. The type of business operations, the crime rate in the area, and other factors will help you to make the final decision. Armed security officers tend to make higher salaries and are likely to select the security industry as a career. In order to obtain a firearms permit, applicants must have advanced training and personally invest in the proper safety equipment. Armed security officers tend to present a greater deterrent to criminals, who more often than not seek out easy or ‘soft’ targets when sizing up their victims.

Security guards offer a wide variety of benefits for a business. Crime prevention and having your customers and employees feel safe is only the tip of the iceberg. Find out what security can do for your business by visiting our website www.core-ops.com.

How to Verify A License

Compliance is a must when it comes to the legal cultivation, transportation, distribution and sale of cannabis in California. As a licensed business you want to ensure that you are fully compliant with the regulations and laws set by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).

Cannabis businesses at every level of the supply chain are responsible for ensuring that the companies they are doing business with are fully licensed and are permitted to operate within California.

Retailer, distributor, microbusiness, testing lab or event organizer licenses can be verified  through the Bureau of Cannabis Controls.

Step 1: Head to the BCC website: https://bcc.ca.gov

Step 2: Hover on “Licensees & Consumers”

Step 3: Click on “Check a License”

Step 4: Click on the type of license you are looking to verify

Step 5: Search either the license number or business name to verify

Manufacturer licenses must be verified through the California Department of Health

Step 1: Head to the CDPH website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

Step 2:  Click on “I am looking for”

Step 3: Scroll down to “Licensing, Certification and Other Credentials”

Step 4: Click on “Certificates, Licenses, Permits and Regulations”

Step 5: Click on “Cannabis Manufactures”

Step 6: Select “Licensee Lookup Tool”

Step 7: Search for either the business name or license number

The ability to verify who you are doing business with is a vital tool for keeping compliant under California law. The tools provided by the BCC and the CDPH allow you to have the proper checks and balances to verify the licenses of companies at all levels of the supply chain when dealing with cannabis in California.

5 Steps To A Security Plan

Security priorities change from business to business. For example, a cannabis dispensary has vastly different security protocols than a construction site. The question becomes how do you choose the security plan that is right for your business?

Core Security Solutions founder and Managing Partner Michael Yoell brings over thirty-five years of law enforcement and security experience in assessing the needs of our clients. Michael personally provides all of our security clients with a comprehensive security assessment for each business. In our first installment of the Core Security blog, Michael breaks down 5 key elements to a quality security plan.

Step 1: Threat Assessment

When looking at an overall security plan you must analyze the various safety and security threats that are significant to your facility.  The surrounding area is a good place to start when looking at potential threats.

For example, what is the pedestrian and vehicular traffic around your facility and how might that impact the safety of your clients and staff? What types of crime are prevalent in your area? Do you have a security plan for your vendors and transportation staff when entering or leaving your facility?

Step 2: Vulnerability Assessment

How secure is your facility? Have you engaged a security professional to evaluate the vulnerability of your facility? What surveillance, alarm and physical security measures will mitigate your risks?

Step 3: Risk Assessment

Once all the data has been collected the next step is to develop an overall risk assessment, out of which a Risk and Mitigation Plan should be developed to address potential security and safety risks.

Step 4: Implementation

A fully developed security plan will include recorded surveillance, alarm systems, physical armed/unarmed security, secured areas/rooms/vaults, security countermeasures, incident response protocols, reporting, notification & response procedures.

Step 5: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

Prepare and frequently update your SOP’s and ensure that adequate training is conducted on a consistent basis to ensure protocols and procedures are followed in the event of a security incident or emergency. Be prepared.

If you are looking to get to the ‘core’ of your security measures for your facility Core Security Solutions, Inc has the experience and track record to keep your facility safe and secure. Contact us via email at info@core-ops.com or give us a call at (510) 625-1505.

From the Desk of Michael Yoell, CEO, Core Security Solutions

Legalization brings a new set of guidelines, rules and oversight requiring cannabis providers to follow City/State security and safety protocols. The management team at CORE Security Solutions consists of highly trained and experienced law enforcement professionals...

read more

The Benefits and Important of SKUs

Managing inventory with SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) is important for any business that stores or sells products. SKU management allows you to tag any stock unit(s) in your warehouse/inventory room with a unique number or code to help you easily track your inventory. ...

read more

Wanted: Experienced Security Professionals

Armed security officers start at $20.00/hour and up depending on experience and training. Core Security Solutions, Inc. is  seeking experienced security professionals who exemplify our ethics and values. Core Security Solutions, Inc. provides a team atmosphere,...

read more

The Benefits of Security Officers

  Businesses understand that theft and other crimes can occur at any time, construction sites, banks and dispensaries are even larger  targets than your average business for criminals. Uniformed security officers can be used to deter crime and maintain security...

read more

How to Verify A License

Compliance is a must when it comes to the legal cultivation, transportation, distribution and sale of cannabis in California. As a licensed business you want to ensure that you are fully compliant with the regulations and laws set by the Bureau of Cannabis Control...

read more

5 Steps To A Security Plan

Security priorities change from business to business. For example, a cannabis dispensary has vastly different security protocols than a construction site. The question becomes how do you choose the security plan that is right for your business? Core Security Solutions...

read more