Special Police Officer Charged

Tarron Lively and Jim McElhatton, Washington Times, July 13

An armed special police officer for the company that protects city government buildings and public schools has been charged with using his service weapon to rob two persons in Georgetown last weekend.

Xavier Brooks, 34, who works for D.C.-based Hawk One Security Inc., and his uncle Antwane Brooks, 33, robbed two persons Saturday in the 2800 block of Dumbarton Street NW, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Both men face three counts of armed robbery and are being held without bond, U.S. attorney spokesman Channing Phillips said.

According to charging documents, Xavier Brooks, who is licensed to carry a weapon for Hawk One, used his black .38-caliber revolver to demand a man’s wallet. His uncle pointed a gun at a woman and took her purse.

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Meanwhile, the D.C. Office of Inspector General is expected later this year to issue a report on whether some guards in D.C. public schools had been employed despite having criminal histories.

The report is the seventh in a series of audits that the inspector general has conducted into school security.

Hawk One began its work on the school system’s two-year, $30.3 million contract on July 1. However, the previous contractor, Watkins Security Agency of D.C. Inc., is seeking to overturn the award, citing what it calls flaws in the bidding process and concerns over Hawk One’s finances.

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