Allied Universal, one of the world’s largest private security companies, has joined forces with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to offer TAT's online training for law enforcement to more than 300,000 security professionals in the United States and Canada. The goal of this training is to make Allied Universal’s security forces more effective in recognizing and reporting human trafficking. The organization will also be offering TAT's Empower Freedom and Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) training within its vertical markets for security professionals working in the energy and transit industries.

“Our security professionals are the eyes and ears of the world, who are on the front line of service each and every day,” said Brent O’Bryan, SVP of Training and Organizational Effectiveness at Allied Universal. “We are proud to align with Truckers Against Trafficking to ensure that our security professionals are expertly trained to recognize and combat human trafficking.”

Annie Sovcik, BOTL director, stated, "As we seek to train all bus and transit employees in the United States and Canada, reaching security professionals is critical. Transit security officers are uniquely positioned to come into contact with human trafficking victims, as traffickers recruit victims at transit centers and use transit in the furtherance of their illicit activities. As victims may seek out transportation hubs for safety or escape, a well-trained security professional may be their ticket to freedom. We are grateful to Allied Universal for making the BOTL training available to its transit security officers and hope other private security companies will follow their lead."

"Security for the broader energy and petrochemical industry has traditionally been focused on protecting infrastructure and employees,” explained Ashley Smith, TAT’s director of Energy Operations. “With the introduction of the Empower Freedom training, Allied Universal security professionals can expand their protection to the communities in which they operate. Every employee and contractor within the industry has a role to play, and we invite security professionals to be a part of the front lines of this issue."