Southwest Protective Services, SWPS

Our Management Team

Southwest Protective Services (SWPS) employs a dedicated team of security professionals who are committed to nothing less than 100% Client Satisfaction.

All of our security professionals are highly trained and experienced. Our officers are all carefully screened, quality individuals who adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct.

Allen Bernstein, owner Allen Bernstein, Company Owner

Mr. Bernstein has thirty-seven years in the Security and Law Enforcement Field. He served as a Deputy Sheriff for twenty-five years with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in California (SMCSO). While with SMCSO, Mr. Bernstein received numerous certifications that relate directly to the Security Industry.

Some of these certifications are:

• Advanced P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Certification from the State of California
• California Department of Forestry Advanced Forest Fighter
• Protection of Public Officials (U.S. Secret Service Syllabus)
• Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bomb and Explosives Training
• San Francisco Department of Public Health Drug Identification
• Justice Management Enterprises Hostage Situations/Negotiations
• College of San Mateo Domestic Violence Training
• Graduate of the United States Army Criminal Investigation School
• California State University Long Beach, Workshop on the Mentally Ill
• San Mateo Sheriff's Office Emergency Vehicle Management (EVOC)
• Honor Graduate USAF Firearms Instructor's Course
• Graduate Department of Justice (FBI) Firearms Instructor's Course
• Member of ASIS International
• Member of Arizona Private Security Professionals' Assocation.
• Member of Arizona County Attorneys' & Sheriffs' Assocation.

Mr. Bernstein's knowledge and expertise provide invaluable insight into helping clients address their security needs. In addition to being the owner of Southwest Protective Services, Mr. Bernstein is also one of our Security Consultants and our Senior Training Instructor.
Commander Dennis Sargent, Field Operations Supervisor Commander Dennis Sargent, Vice President of Operations

Mr. Sargent has over twenty years of experience in the security field. He is currently Vice President of Operations for Southwest Protective Services (SWPS). Originally from Texas, Mr. Sargent began his security career as the Loss Prevention/Asset Manager and Hazardous Materials Coordinator for Imperial Holly Sugar. He then moved to Colorado, providing his security expertise to Gunnison County Airport and the Gunnison Watershed School District, before making his home in Flagstaff, Arizona.

As the senior supervisor of SWPS security officers, Mr. Sargent works directly with each employee in the field to provide oversight and training. He ensures that our staff is delivering the level of service that our clients expect and deserve.

Certifications & Training:
• FAA Law Enforcement Training with Gunnison, Colorado Airport
• Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Training
• Hazardous Materials Handling Instructor
• Arizona DPS Security Guard Trainer
• Certified OC Spray, Handcuff, and Excessive Force Training
• First Aid, CPR, and AED
• Loss Prevention
John Pizzi, Senior Training Instructor and Private Investigator*
State of Arizona Private Investigation License # 1544493

Mr. Pizzi has served in the Security, Private Investigations, and Law Enforcement field for nearly 40 years. During his twenty years with the Phoenix Police department, his assignments included: traffic and hit and run investigation, property detective, undercover street crimes supervisor, sex crimes unit sargeant, vice detail unit sargeant, and certified training officer.

He was also trained as a certified state law enforcement instructor for the Peace Officer Standards and Training board (AZ P.O.S.T), and is currently certified as a community college Instructor. Since 1993, he has been a Law Enforcement Instructor at Rio Salado Community College in Phoenix, AZ, and Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, AZ. For the last fifteen years Mr. Pizzi has been an independent state licensed private investigator.

• Certified State Law Enforcement Instructor (AZ P.O.S.T.)
• Investigation of Serial Murders and Rapists (FBI)
• Asian Street Gangs and Organized Crime (Phoenix PD)
• Detective Certification (Phoenix PD)
• Academy Defensive Tactics Instructor
• Investigative Report Writing Instructor
• High Risk Vehicle Stops Instructor
• Defensive Police Driving (Phoenix PD)
• Side Handle Baton Instructor
• Management of Undercover Assignments
• Coordinator for Investigators Certification School
• Prevention of Assault and Sexual Endagerment Instructor
• Sexual Harassment and Sensitivity Training
• Graduate Northern Arizona University - BS in Education

*Mr. Pizzi has his own Private investigation Company and receives referrals from our company.

Southwest Protective Services
SG License #1003736
2710 N. Steves Blvd., Ste. B, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 • Tel: 928-774-4645 • Fax: 928-774-4797 • Email:

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