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G4S boss McNamara banned from working at Brisbane and Melbourne airports

November 13, 2012

Brisbane airport bans ex-detective from security detail

Courier Mail

A DISGRACED former detective, drummed out of two state police forces, has been supervising security workers at Brisbane International Airport.

Kerry McNamara, now a senior operations manager for ISS Security, was sacked from the Victorian police force in 1999, with an 18-page disciplinary report branding him “unethical and disgraceful”.

Mr McNamara failed to appear before a police disciplinary hearing at the time and did not supply any evidence to refute allegations of misconduct.

Two decades earlier, in 1979, he had been drummed out of the Western Australian police force after only three months. The former SAS soldier also had a security licence in his name suspended for 12 months in 2000.

After being contacted by The Courier-Mail, Brisbane Airport has barred Mr McNamara from security work at the airport.

“Kerry McNamara works for ISS at the regional headquarters in Queensland. He is not based at Brisbane Airport, and will not be working with Brisbane Airport at all in the future,” general manager for operations Stephen Goodwin said.

ISS Security, which runs the airport’s security checkpoints, is being investigated by federal officials after complaints from former staff about concealed security breaches and the theft of alcohol and valuables from passengers.

ISS refused to disclose how long Mr McNamara had been in Brisbane and what he was doing at the airport other than acting in a “management role”. ISS said they would abide by the ban on Mr McNamara but defended his work for the firm.

“Mr McNamara’s performance has at all times been of a high standard, and he is highly regarded by all who work with him. There are no complaints against him from staff, and no evidence or suggestion of misconduct,” a spokesman said.

Mr McNamara worked as a divisional manager at the Melbourne Airport until his background was exposed by the Herald-Sun in October.

His arrival in Brisbane was not well publicised and even a switchboard operator at ISS headquarters in Murarrie didn’t know his full name, only “Kerry”. The Courier-Mail later confirmed through his assistant that Mr McNamara was “working at the airport” this week.

He did not return a call to his mobile phone.

The Victoria Police disciplinary report from 1999 accused Mr McNamara of a slate of offences. “Your behaviour has been without regard for the law,” it said.

The Office of Public Prosecutions decided not to pursue a case against him and no charges were laid.

The Ombudsman of Victoria’s office said many of the alleged incidents in the report occurred with no independent witnesses, making a conviction difficult.

Mr McNamara consequently was able to obtain a federal aviation security card, or ASIC, allowing him access to restricted areas of airports.

An ISS spokesman said the firm was “aware of certain unsubstantiated and unproven allegations made against Mr McNamara over a decade ago”.

“He has met – and continues to meet – ISS stringent requirements. Mr McNamara carries both a current valid security officer’s licence (as issued under state government requirements and standards) and a national ASIC card (Aviation Security Licence) issued under Federal Government requirements and standards,” he said.

He did not explain how Mr McNamara could secure a senior management position at ISS.

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