Retired Toms River Police Officer, Son Bolsters Security Protection
It’s been about three years since retired Toms River Police Constable Kelly Conklin Sr. started Superior Protection Professionals alongside his son, Kelly Conklin Jr., and many others providing security services armed and unarmed at various events and locations.
They have continued to grow during this time and expand their protection of schools, offices, buildings, events and more while providing services throughout the state.
“We have armed and unarmed guards and we operate all over New Jersey. The reason we started was when there was a lot of shootings in churches and synagogues and my son and I thought that we have to do something about it and be a retired police officer, I said, ‘you know what, it has to be something that I care about and that I’m passionate about and it has to have a positive change and meaningful in people’s lives, so, we thought, if we’re out there protecting people, we’re doing something good,” Kelly Conklin Sr. told Townsquare Media on “Shore Time with Vin and Dave” on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk, Sunday morning “In the spring of 2019 we launched Superior Protection Professionals.”
The list has grown for the types of places and locations where SPP provides security details.
“We’re in all the different places in the state, whether it’s retail, private parties, schools, this could be an amusement park – we’ve had so many different ones, literally of an old lady whose tree was cut down in her yard, she hired us so her neighbors wouldn’t give her a hard time.From that to protecting the executive to sitting on the homes when they have domestic issues or whatever someone needs protection at any time, we have our guards ready,” Conklin said.
PPS is primarily about training and communicating about de-escalation and trying to resolve any conflict peacefully.
“All of our guys are very well trained in de-escalation, the majority are retired police officers and we have some active guys on the roster as well,” Conklin said. “When I mentioned domestic violence it wasn’t during an incident, it was after an incident happened and the police dealt with it and the person fears that person will return to a point, then they’ll hire us to basically post outside the residence 24 hours a day sometimes just to make sure they don’t get hurt after the incident has already happened.”
Over the past year or so, in the wake of the recent tragic school shootings across the country, Conklin and SPP have focused on doing more in schools to protect everyone equally, including with protective backpacks. -balls.
“We were thinking of a way to have a wider reach and protect people even when our guards were gone and a great way to get through was that there were bulletproof backpacks. It’s a very difficult subject to talk about, a lot of people don’t want to talk about it, but the reality is that there are bad people who seek to harm good people and very often they use handguns or rifles for the do,” Conklin said. “We were looking for a really good company to partner with and sell their product and the AR500 is the backpack we chose. It’s a reasonably priced backpack and it protects against all handgun cartridges – and the sewn-in panel in there, the ballistic panel, is the same threat level that police officers carry when they’re in patrol. It stops all handgun cartridges, it can stop six rounds of a .44 magnum and we also sell the plates that you can slide into your favorite. backpack or laptop carrying case and have some sort of shield to protect you in the event of tragedy. »