UPDATE: Owner of Indy security firm found not guilty of impersonating a police officer

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UPDATE (June 23, 2017)– Melvin Hall was found not guilty on all counts.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 9, 2015) – The Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board voted today to revoke the license of private security guard agency, Urban Tactical Response Agency, LLC, owned by Melvin Hall II.

Hall was recently arrested and charged by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for impersonating the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department while working at several Indianapolis area locations as a security guard with his company Urban Tactical Response Agency.

Hall’s arrest follows an ongoing licensing enforcement case led by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office accusing Hall and his company of police impersonation, fraudulent billing practices and obtaining a license using false information.

Similar to the criminal charges filed against Hall, the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that Hall falsely identified himself to members of the public and potential customers as a law enforcement officer on multiple occasions since his company obtained a license in June 2013, including times where he referred to himself as a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department, demanded identification from people and threatened arrest.

While performing security services for Meridian Shoreland Apartments in June 2014, he allegedly entered apartment units unauthorized claiming to be a police officer, demanding identification and even stopping three young men at gunpoint.

In June 2015, prior to Hall’s arrest, investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and a cooperating witness shot video showing Hall and his employees at Urban Tactical Response Agency unlawfully operating vehicles with lights, sirens and other identifiers matching legitimate police cars.

Due to these recent findings and the criminal charges filed against Hall, the Attorney General’s Office filed a petition for emergency suspension of Urban Tactical Response Agency’s security guard agency license to ensure the company cannot operate while the criminal charges are pending.

During today’s hearing, the Board found Urban Tactical Response Agency guilty on all 15 counts alleged by the AG’s Office. The company’s license is now revoked, and Urban Tactical has been ordered to pay $15,000 in civil penalties, $3,000 in restitution to affected consumers as well as the State’s legal costs.

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