GS1 Group was founded and is operated by veteran police officers Ernie Garcia and Michael Severo. GS1 is highly respected in the greater Los Angeles metro area and California statewide. Ernie and Michael have over 50 years in combined policing experience and are dedicated to providing the highest professional policing standards in the private security industry.
"Our goal has always been to bring the same high standards of our police training and expertise to the private security industry."
Ernie and Michael believe in responsible security practices based on their professional training and careers — practices that reduce unnecessary or reckless escalation of force while still ensuring the absolute safety of their clients. In addition, GS1 Group provides security consulting, threat assessment, and and a host of other security services to their select clients.
Ernie Garcia, President
Ernie Garcia is a retired Southern California Police Sergeant. During his 30-year career, he oversaw several of the Department’s most critical assignments. Ernie has extensive experience, conducting complex criminal investigations, having spent 6 years as “Detective Sergeant” in charge of the Department’s “Burglary Suppression Unit.” His tour involved undercover surveillance, which focused on identifying, tracking and apprehending residential and commercial burglars. His team was responsible for the arrests of hundreds of career criminals and the recovery of millions of dollars in stolen property. Ernie worked assignments in “Auto Theft Detail” and “Gang Unit” and served as a “Patrol Sergeant”, responsible for overseeing and coordinating major tactical incidents such as shootings, bank robberies, barricaded suspects and hostage situations. As President and Co-Founder of GS1group, Ernie Garcia has applied his many years of police experience to the successful growth of the firm. He has developed comprehensive security programs for corporations, private entities and individuals.
Michael Severo, CEO
Michael Severo is a retired Southern California Police officer. He is a recognized expert and trainer in tactical operations and logistics and served as a member of the SWAT Team “Special Weapons and Tactics”. He is a veteran detective, having worked a variety of specialized assignments involving the apprehension of sexual predators, rapist and other violent suspects. Michael has extensive experience as an investigator, having spent many years assigned to a fast paced “Burglary Suppression Unit”. He has many years of experience conducting proactive “Street Enforcement Operations” in areas plagued with violent crimes.
Enrique Garcia, Managing Partner
Enrique Garcia is a Police Sergeant with a Northern California Police Agency and has worked assignments in Patrol, Media Relations, Field Training, Sex Crimes, Robbery and Homicide. In 2005, Enrique received an “Investigative Excellence Award” from the State of California, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training- Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation, for solving a high profile murder investigation. Enrique became a state certified instructor in 1997 and teaches Interview & Interrogation courses to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and security personnel.