PSI Security and Investigations relies on a group of dedicated professionals who are the driving force for the organization. Each of our principles has extensive knowledge, training, and experience in their areas of expertise and each is dedicated to providing our customers with industry best services.
Mr. Hernandez is the President and Founder of Public Safety International, Inc. dba PSI Security and Investigations and has been at the forefront of meeting today’s requirements for security, training, and technology. Mr. Hernandez served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was activated during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, eventually being Honorably Discharged in 1992. Mr. Hernandez was assigned as a Section Leader and also directed the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Monitor Survey Team for the 4th Marine Division, 8th Tank Battalion during his military career. Mr. Hernandez is trained in various disciplines of security and risk management to include Correctional Officer Training, Law Enforcement Training, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), PADI Waterborne Tactical Diving, Advanced Firearms, Self Defense (Hand to Hand Combat), Security Operations, Life Safety, Executive Protection, Emergency Response to Terrorism & Crisis Management, Active Shooter/Active Threat, Basic Fire Fighting, and Communications. Mr. Hernandez has worked with some of the world’s leading multi-national corporations and governmental operations. Mr. Hernandez has a BS in Criminal Justice and a BS in Professional Administration. Mr. Hernandez is a retired law enforcement Captain with police experience to include SWAT, Administration, Investigations, Training, and Uniform Patrol. In addition, Mr. Hernandez is certified via the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, in National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS). Mr. Hernandez has over 3000 hours of combined training and is a former Instructor at Miami-Dade Community College School of Justice. He currently holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance. Mr. Hernandez also has extensive experience in the Construction Industry as a result of his father's business. He has experience in specialized coatings systems for fireproofing and life safety, etc. Mr. Hernandez is fluent in both English and Spanish and professional affiliations include National Tactical Officers Association, Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police, ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security), and The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC).
E. Damaso Jara
Mr. Damaso Jara is the Director of Safety for PSI. He is a security and risk management expert holding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 and 500 Trainer Certification. Mr. Jara is responsible for implementing and monitoring job safety procedures for our personnel and acts as liaison between PSI and safety organizations. In addition, Mr. Jara has vast experience in Electronic Counter-Measures, Systems Designs, Access Control and Manufacturing. Prior to founding Access Control Systems, Mr. Jara was Vice-President of American Ammunition, a publically traded ammunition manufacturing corporation. During his tenure with American Ammunition, Mr. Jara was charged with the oversight and quality control of all aspects of the manufacturing process including mil specs and ISO certifications. Mr. Jara was instrumental in the development of the Alpha Delayed Expansion (ADE) round which could be fired safely inside commercial aircraft at high altitudes. This round eliminated the possibility of a breach of the aircraft aluminum body during flight in the event that deadly force was required to stop an attack. Mr. Jara worked closely with Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and other government agencies. He currently holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance. Mr. Jara is fluent in both English and Spanish and holds certifications as a firearms expert, tactical explosives expert, and rappel master.
Carlos A. Peñate
Mr. Penate is the Director of Specialized Security Services for PSI. Mr. Peñate is trained in various disciplines of security and risk management to include, Basic Law Enforcement Training, Self Defense, Security Operations, Dignitary Protection, and Basic First Responder Life Saving Techniques. In the private sector Mr. Peñate has worked with some of the world’s leading Risk Mitigation and Loss Prevention Firms, providing Risk Mitigation Services, Risk Assessment, Audits, Investigations, Compliance, as well as National and International High Value Cargo (HVC) Security Escort. Mr. Peñate holds a BS in Criminal Justice and is a retired Law Enforcement Sergeant with 20 years of police experience in the City of Miami to include Administration, Special Investigations, Training, and Uniform Patrol Services. Mr. Peñate is a former Instructor with the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice and currently holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance. Mr. Penate is fluent in English and Spanish.
Mr. Alonso serves as the Director of Special Services for PSI and is the Chief Liaison between PSI and law firms and corporations. He coordinates investigations, research, and special services required by our clients. Mr. Alonso has extensive knowledge and training in law, security, research, and investigative techniques. Mr. Alonso began his legal career as a Graduate with Honors of Ward Stone College in Miami, Florida, where he earned an AS Degree in Paralegal Studies and earned certificates in Medical Aspect of Damage / Damage Control in Personal Injury Litigation, Research and Writing Proficiency (CLE), Environmental Law, Trial Preparation, Westlaw Computer Research, and Anatomy / Physiology and Medical Terminology / Transcription, and specialized in Worker’s Compensation Cases. Since joining PSI, Mr. Alonso has earned certificates in Small Weapons, Tactical Driving, Surveillance, Security Risk Assessment, Close Quarter Combat (CQC), Advanced Self Defense, and Advanced Edged Weapons. He has trained extensively to include courses at the Blackwater Training Facility. Mr. Alonso is fluent in both English and Spanish and has vast experience in the following areas; security risk assessment of corporations, investigations for loss recovery, research and maintenance of statistical data for commercial and security programs in high-risk regions, preparation of After Action Reports and recommendations based on information gathered, surveillance and counter-surveillance operations, conducting open-source research, analyzing, gathering and translating intelligence data, and preparing reports on high-risk regions. Mr. Alonso holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance.
Mr. Sam serves as the Director of Investigative Services for PSI. He coordinates investigations, research, and special services required by our clients. Mr. Sam is trained and certified in various disciplines of security and risk management to include Law Enforcement Training and Criminal Investigations. His public service career began in 1979 as a Police Aid where he assisted with traffic accidents, wrote incident reports, and provided support to law enforcement personnel in any activity of a non-violent nature. In 1981, Mr. Sam joined the City of Miami Police Department where he worked in several units beginning with Uniform Patrol. Mr. Sam’s investigative experience includes Crimes Persons, Battery Unit, Robbery, and Homicide and Crimes Property Auto Theft. Mr. Sam later joined the Street Narcotics Unit and was eventually selected to work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Task Force. Mr. Sam’s extensive training includes certifications in Homicide Investigation and Interview and Interrogations. Mr. Sam holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Manuel "Manny" Quiza
Mr. Quiza comes to PSI as a security expert having conducted countless operations during his service with the United States Army and serves as the Director of Security Operations for the South Florida Region. In addition, Mr. Quiza brings a wealth of experience in the Transportation and Hazardous Materials arenas. His career in transportation of High Value Cargo, Cargo, HAZMAT, and Dangerous Goods spans over 15 years. Mr. Quiza is a materials specialist with certifications in the handling and documentation of Dangerous Goods (DG Certificate). Mr. Quiza is fluent in both English and Spanish and has trained countless companies and individuals in the safe handling and documentation of hazardous materials and dangerous goods and has been the President of several cargo transport companies to include Air America Transport, Lion Express, and Safeway Interstate Transport. Mr. Quiza currently holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance.
Adalberto "Al" deArmas
Mr. deArmas comes to PSI with extensive Correctional and Law Enforcement experience. Mr. deArmas serves as the Director of Security Operations for the Central Florida Region and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Mr. deArmas is trained and certified in various disciplines of security and risk management to include Correctional Officer Training, Law Enforcement Training, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and Criminal Investigations. Mr. deArmas worked for the Osceola Sheriff’s Office for 23 years before being assigned to the prestigious United States Marshal Fugitive Task Force. During his tenure with the Osceola Sheriff’s Office Mr. deArmas worked in the Criminal Investigations Unit and served in several capacities during his assignment to include Tourist Policing Unit, Grand Theft Unit, Robbery Unit, and Property Unit. With his extensive experience in the tourist industry, criminal investigation and law enforcement, Mr. deArmas is a great asset to the organization.