NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Port Authority announced Wednesday that as part of its effort to enhance security at the World Trade Center site, it was adding the World Trade Center to a contract with Allied Barton Security Services, which currently provides unarmed security guard services to the agency’s major airports.
In a release, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Allied Barton was awarded a four-year, $221 million contract in July 2013 to provide unarmed security guards at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports.
As a result of the addition of the World Trade Center site, an additional $60.4 million has been allocated to Allied’s contract. Allied Barton’s unarmed security guards at the World Trade Center site will be responsible for providing access control at vehicle and pedestrian guard entrances, monitoring security systems and issuing security identification cards.
Over the last few months, One World Trade Center has been the site of skydivers, a climber and reports of a sleeping guard. State Senator Chuck Schumer has spoken out about his concerns.
According to the Port Authority, Summit Security Services, Inc. will continue to provide unarmed security guards at other Port Authority’s facilities, including PATH, the New York and New Jersey Marine Terminals, the George Washington Bridge, the three Staten Island crossings and Port Authority leased properties in both states.
A spokesperson for the Port Authority Anthony Hayes, said it’s always looking to enhance security and while security breeches were part of the process it wasn’t the primary reason. Hayes added they were looking for a bigger firm with more resources.