PSI 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 the highest quality service.
Mr. Hernandez is the President and Founder of Public Safety International, Inc. and 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 headed the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Monitor Survey Team for the 4th Marine Division, 8th Tank Battalion during his military career. Mr. Hernandez 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), PADI Waterborne Tactical Diving, Advanced Firearms, Self Defense (Hand to Hand Combat), Security Operations, Life Safety, Executive Protection, Kidnap & Ransom, 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 both 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 is fluent in both English and Spanish and professional affiliations include National Tactical Officers Association, Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).
Vice President – International Operations
President, Lowers and Associates International, LLC
Mr. Terrades is the Vice-President of Public Safety International, Inc. and dba PSI Security and Investigations and primarily overseas all International operations. Mr. Terrades also currently serves as the President of Lowers and Associates International, LLC, a partnership between Public Safety International, Inc. and Lowers and Associates to provide services to our mutual international client base. Mr. Terrades is a former Law Enforcement Officer that served with the City of Miami Police Department from 1984 to 2004 and was a member of the MIAMI POLICE SWAT TEAM. His 20-year police experience includes, Uniform Patrol, Robbery Investigations, Narcotics/Money Laundering, Dignitary Protection, and Training. Mr. Terrades was a Senior Training Advisor at the Miami Police Academy and trained over 1200 police recruits in Police Procedures, Community Policing, Officer Survival, Firearms, Chemical Agents, Defensive Tactics and Driver Safety and Police Pursuits. Mr. Terrades developed training curriculum and trained the regular MPD Force. Mr. Terrades served on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Firearms Task Force representing South Florida Law Enforcement Agencies, and was an active Certified Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission Instructor. As a member of the SWAT Team he served in over 200 missions, and was a SWAT School “Cadre” Instructor, and Precision Scoped Rifle Marksman (Police Sniper) in addition to holding multiple weapons certifications. Mr. Terrades is a veteran of 4 civil disturbances and a highly respected and decorated officer / instructor. Mr. Terrades consulted for the United States State Department Narcotics Affairs Section in Latin America from 1998 to 2002 under the U.S. War on Drugs Campaign and received a Top Secret Security Clearance. Mr. Terrades is a registered security and risk management consultant at Lloyds of London (Insurance Underwriters).
Vice President – Domestic Operations
Mr. Jara is Vice President overseeing all Security Operations for PSI. Mr. Jara is a security and risk management expert holding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 and 500 Trainer Certification. Mr. Jara is responsible for overseeing all facets of security operations, implements and monitors 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 publicly 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. Mr. Jara is fluent in both English and Spanish and holds certifications as a firearms expert, tactical explosives expert, and rappel master. In addition, he holds TSA, FAA, and US Customs Air Field and Cargo Flight Crew Member’s clearance.
Director – Southeast Security Operations
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.
Director – Central Security Operations
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 Investigation 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.
Director – Specialized Security Services
Mr. Penate is the Director of Specialized Security Services for PSI. Mr. Peñate is trained and certified in various disciplines of security and risk management to include, Basic Law Enforcement Training, 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.
Director – Legal and Corporate
Mr. Alonso serves as the Director of Legal and Corporate Operations. He 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.
Director – Investigative Services
Mr. Sam is 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.
Consultant – Fire Safety
Mr. Iglesias serves as the Fire Safety Consultant for PSI and has a long decorated career of public service which began when he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard immediately upon completion of his High School education. Mr. Iglesias served a total of 6 years with the Coast Guard, 4 of which were Active Duty, and received an Honorable Discharge from service. While serving in the armed forces, Mr. Iglesias received training in small arms, tactical boarding and securing of vessels at sea, tactical apprehension and securing of personnel, and search and rescue. Following his military career, Mr. Iglesias joined the City of Miami Fire Department. Mr. Iglesias joined PSI after an exemplary career with the Fire Department spanning 28 years. Mr. Iglesias is tasked with coordinating CPR, AED, and other specialized training for PSI personnel. Mr. Iglesias has numerous certifications to include Florida Fire Inspector, FFP 2320 Building Construction, FFP 2300 Fire and Building Codes, FFP 2326 Blueprint Reading/Plans Review, FFP 2620 Private Fire Protection and Detection, FFP 1200 Fire Prevention, Emergency Response to Terrorism, HAZMAT, and numerous others. Mr. Iglesias is a certified Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic with extensive training in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In total, Mr. Iglesias has over 2500 hours of training and has conducted over 18000 inspections of both commercial and residential structures and also completed over 5000 inspections of night club facilities. Mr. Iglesias is fluent in English and Spanish.