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 Delta Force Offers Security Services And More
By Jordan Beck
GLADSTONE — For Delta Force P.I., LLC, which offers security and private investigation services, business has been booming as of late. According to co-owner and founder Jim McNeil, Delta Force began operating a few years ago. “We start- ed just doing private investigations in 2014,” he said. McNeil owns the business along with Molly Barron. He and Barron are licensed private detectives in Wiscon- sin, and Delta Force is a licensed private investigation and private security agency in Michigan and Wisconsin. McNeil retired from Escanaba Public Safety in 2012, and Barron worked at Pathways Community Mental Health for 14 years before joining Delta Force.
After about a year in business, Delta Force began expanding the services it offered. “We started branching out into the securi- ty industry, and it’s been uphill ever since,” McNeil said. Barron said Delta Force’s growth is demonstrated by the number of employees it now has. “We went from two people to 70,” she said. To accommodate the increase in staff, Delta Force moved into a former bank building in Gladstone this February. Moving into the new facility
also allowed the business to establish a headquarters for its certified explosives detection K-9 “Delta” and training. “In the basement, we have a shooting simula- tor,” McNeil said. The simulator, which utilizes a
Thecourt system hires Delta Force to serve in this capacity, which it does across the Upper Peninsula. “This is a way to make the system more fair and give people a
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involved with the fair today. Delta Force provides security for clients including Fin- cantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Marinette Marine, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hos- pital & Medical Group and businesses in the mining industry.
“We’ve noticed an uptick in personal pro- tection for executives,” Barron said. This includes protection during contract negoti- ations and strikes.
In addition to the work done by its human employees, Delta Force offers explosives detection services made possible by Delta. “She searches for explosives that could be in buildings, vehicles, open areas, arenas, parcels (and) packages,” Barron — who also serves as Delta’s handler — said. As access to K-9 units for explosives detec- tion is limited in the Upper Peninsula, Delta Force offers Delta’s services free to local law enforcement. In the future, Bar- ron said Delta Force aims to continue offering high-quality services. “Our ulti- mate goal is to provide the best security and investigating we can,” she said.
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ron noted there has been a “significant uptick” in the usage of Delta Force’s pri- vate investigation services as of late. The agency has six private investigators; as of late July, Delta Force has seen more than 30 cases this year.
According to Barron, new funding from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commis- sion Act has played a role in the increase.
said. One of the most “rewarding” private investigation cases Delta Force has been involved with was help- ing Iron River police look into the disappear- ance of Chris Regan, McNeil said. He was killed by his mistress, Kelly Cochran, and her husband. “We were on a nationally-broadcast documentary,” Barron said of the four-part series, “Dead North.” Security is also an
important part of Delta Force’s business. “We have contracts in Michigan and Wis- consin,” McNeil said.
Though it now offers armed and unarmed security services acroSs these states, Barron said Delta Force got started in this indus- try at an event held close to home. “The U.P. State Fair ... was the first big security job we did,” Barron said. Delta Force is
Jordan Beck | Daily Press From left, Delta Force P.I., LLC co-owner Molly Bar- ron, certified explosives detection K-9 “Delta” and co-
owner and founder Jim McNeil stand outside Delta Force’s new facility in Gladstone.
 Multi-Use Complex
on the U.P. State Fairgrounds
Located on the corner of North Lincoln Road and 9th Avenue North in Escanaba, this building is now home to the offices of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Escanaba, Delta County Economic Development Alliance, Builders Exchange, U.P. State Fair, and the Webster Marble Inventing the Outdoors Museum. The U.P. Veterans Museum displays are under construction and will open Spring of 2020.
This beautiful complex was made possible by the remarkable gift from the John and Melissa Besse Foundation, followed by a grant from the State of Michigan and donations and support from generous businesses and residents.

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