Children’s Services seeks armed guard service

State officials are soliciting proposals for armed security guards at the Anchorage regional office of Children’s Services.

The director of the Office of Children’s Services last month said the Anchorage office had been the subject of a number of recent menacing calls and threats. The governor’s supplemental budget request included $490,000 for security upgrades at the office.

The proposal seeks a contractor to provide armed guard service and protection for the state “against fire, theft, pilferage, malicious injury and destruction.” The contractor would provide two guards who would carry concealed weapons, be dressed in “soft uniforms,” including a shirt, tie and blazer, and conduct roving patrols and be posted in the main lobby.

The solicitation says the state would reserve the right to add additional locations at a later date.