The Tri State Enforcement Agency, most frequently known by its ubiquitous initials TSE (not to be confused with TSA); is a progressive, accredited, privately held regional authority. The agency is primarily engaged in the performance of contracted policing, public safety, and specialized protective security services across the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Protecting and serving with pride, professionalism, and dedication; TSE works in partnership with various types of entities to keep communities, businesses, organizations, and infrastructure safe and secure.


TSE Mission Statement

Our Mission:

TSE’s core mission is to maintain peace and order, enforce law and regulation, and safeguard life and property against criminal and terroristic acts.

Our Vision:

To ensure the safety, security, and prosperity of our partners, clients, and communities; by providing superior solutions and capabilities which are simply unmatched.

TSE was formally established on September 1, 2009, in Barboursville, West Virginia; following three years of applied research relating to law enforcement, private security, emergency management, and related metrics. In late 2009, TSE began delivering physical safety, security, and protective solutions across the greater Huntington, West Virginia tri-state region; which included West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Today, TSE provides services to five geographically distinct tri-state regions, state-wide across nine states, and in the District of Columbia. A cornerstone of the agency's existence has been to always exceed the prospects and requisites of partnering organizations, who seek exceptional real-world solutions. TSE consistently ensures partner and client funding for service is a quantifiable investment, further contrasting most security guard companies; which routinely provide unprofessional and ineffective security guards and services, sometimes escalating liabilities and endangering life and property.

TSE was organized and operates in a professional manner comparable to municipal police departments, which is in direct opposition to most security guard companies and private detective firms operating in the United States. TSE officers are required to complete an extensive training curriculum of state and federal approved courses, totaling up to two thousand hours. This is more than double the national average for basic police training academies, which only average up to 860 total hours.


TSE Officer exiting security patrol car with emergency lights flashing
Four TSE Officers working at a county fair
Four officers talking beside a TSE patrol car

The operational regulations of the agency consist of directives, procedures, and policies collectively known as the “Master Operations Guide”; which all officers are required to follow. This collection of regulations integrates with the agency’s proprietary “All-Hazards Approach”, which require all TSE officers complete advanced training in a multitude of closely-related subjects including law and legal, community oriented policing, terrorism, organized crime, rescue, firefighting, hazardous materials, explosives, emergency planning and coordination, emergency response and recovery, crisis mitigation, emotionally and mentally disturbed persons, drug and human trafficking, and many other subjects.


TSE has several departments and divisions, responsible for the administration of services rendered by the agency. This includes the Department of Public Safety, patrol division, security services division, law enforcement division, executive protection division, anti-terror / anti-crime unit, critical infrastructure directorate, housing division, community oriented policing initiative, parks and recreation division, medical marijuana division, port authority division, school safety division, court and judicial services division, and Investigations Department.


Collectively, services from these departments and divisions are performed and delivered by TSE for and on behalf of private sector, public sector, government sector, and nonprofit sector organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.


Since its origination in 2009, TSE has consistently leveraged emerging technology and equipment, improving and increasing the safety, capabilities, service, and accountability of officers and partners. In many localities across the Mid-Atlantic region, TSE is the only agency having such capabilities, and equipping officers with specific equipment.


Relating to technology, TSE was among one of the earliest organizations in the region to mandate Body Worn Cameras for officers, leverage secure LTE Network technology for agency-wide data sharing and radio communications; and organize, route, and monitor a vast network of live public and proprietary video feeds and other surveillance devices from both the regional coordination center, and by officers in the field. Additional technology integrations permit officers to have instant field access to check records such as criminal histories, warrants, and stolen vehicle status.


As of 2019, TSE is exploring an emerging communications technology manufactured by Icom; assessing possible implementation of a new satellite-based communications solution, which should permit operation that is highly resistant to failures due to overloads, failures, natural disasters, and usage in rural and remote locations.


Relating to equipment, TSE maintains numerous devices used to detect biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear, and explosive  (CBRNE) materials (e.g. detect/prevent dirty bomb detonations) which are utilized at large-scale events, shopping centers, and at transit and port terminals; TSE further maintains and utilizes several portable and handheld thermal imaging devices used to detect persons who are trespassing or missing, and to maintain a secure parameter at certain types of facilities.


Further, TSE was an early adopter of the certification and issuance of Naloxone (brand name Narcan) to officers in response to the national opioid epidemic, enabling life-saving resuscitation of overdose victims; was also an early adopter of issuing all officers a Medical Trauma Kit, allowing officers to treat and mitigate some of the top preventable causes of traumatic death; officers are issued electronic devices used to verify authenticity of official government documents (such as U.S. currency, driver’s licenses, state identification cards, passports, and similar.) As of 2018, TSE began the process of forming an aviation unit to further advance the capabilities of officers and operations.

Tri State Enforcement

Moniker / Common Name:

Motto: Tutela Pro Omnibus
    (Latin) "Protection for All"

    September 1, 2009

Organization Type:
    Privately Held

 127 (2018, Aggregate)

Federal Schedule:
  84 (Pending)

NAICS Codes:
561612  Primary
922120 Secondary
922190 Tertiary
561611   Quaternary

    5 Districts, 74 Zones

    14 Primary

General Jurisdiction:
    United States of America

Available Jurisdiction:
    >100,000 sq mi

Legal Jurisdiction:
    As authorized by
    and/or Licensure

Total Assets Protected:
    (2009 - 2019) $45 B., Est.

Claims & Losses (any):
    (2009 - 2019) 0

Uses of Force, Non-Lethal:
    (2009 - 2019) 2

Uses of Force, Lethal:
    (2009 - 2019) 0

TSE's Proprietary All-Hazards Approach ℠
Ensuring People, Communities, and Assets
are Safe, Secure, and Better Protected




TSE Officers are successful graduates of POST approved law enforcement academy training; and join our agency with prior experience. Far beyond the capabilities security guards; this allows our Agency and personnel to actively enforce laws, rules, and regulations.




TSE Officers are certified in a variety of hazardous materials; to include ID, response, containment, and more. Officers can handle suspected and actual instances of hazardous materials incidents, bomb threats, radiological and biological threats, and more.



All TSE Officers are trained in basic firefighting and rescue; enabling personnel perform immediate rescue and fight incipient fires. Personnel are also certified in evacuation coordination; facilitating immediate and effective ad-hoc evacuation routes / techniques.



TSE Officers are certified in advanced first aid, CPR, AED, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and opiate overdose care. Personnel and patrol cars are equipped with emergency medical kits; allow officers to quickly stabilize a variety of life threatening conditions.

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TSE RESULTS: meticulously trained and certified officers, who perpetually advance their knowledge and skills via ongoing professional development; each day utilize their training, experience, and the best equipment and technology to deliver exceptional results for agency partners.

Safety, Security, and Protection: Some Perspective

TSE frequently receives phone calls and emails from organizations who have had undesirable experiences with big name security guard companies and small security and patrol firms. Many have also had poor experiences hiring off-duty officers from their local police department or constable's office.

An untrained individual working as a security guard, dressed in an unprofessional uniform, earning around $11 per hour in a position that experiences one of the highest turnover rates in the world of up to 400% - is not serving and protecting anyone or anything.  The overwhelming majority of security companies turn and burn guards weekly, and impose policies for guards to observe and report only – forbidding any action to be taken in the event of an incident; which is somewhat understandable since many guards lack the proper training and tools to take appropriate action. Torrence Brownyard, President of W.H. Brownyard Insurance Corporation stated in an interview with ASIS International that "Observe-and-report guards cost less because they are not expected to do as much and, thus, are not as highly trained."

If budget is of chief concern, there exists processes and measures which can aid in offsetting and mitigating the cost of professional services; which is preferable over wasting financial resources on an illusion and putting people and property at risk. Now more than ever before, it has become vital to get this right, as lives are regularly lost in incidents that could have been prevented or stopped; and civil and criminal actions are filed for, among other things, ‘failure to provide adequate security.’ The incalculable cost of these often preventable tragedies pales in comparison to the cost of choosing a quality, professional service provider.

The majority of critical incidents will commence and conclude in minutes. Approximately 70% of active shooter incidents are over within five minutes. If a security guard only calls 911, local police responders will in most instances arrive after people are injured or killed, and the tragedy has already unfolded. The benefits of having a qualified, well-trained officer on location who will take action and stop the threat immediately, cannot be undervalued.


Organizations who partner with TSE receive extensive benefits and unmatched value, as a result of our staff of expert practitioners. Many decision makers recognize the increasingly violent and dangerous world we live in, yet many organizations turn to security partners who under-deliver.

A growing number of organizations of all types have reached their breaking point. It's frustrating - allocating funding for low-cost security guard services; only to realize it's a complete waste of financial resources and they're no safer than they were before. TSE understands these frustrations of our partners and we're committed to providing a professional, community-oriented presence; capable of handling and mitigating virtually any routine or emergency situation which could arise.

Ltc. Dave Grossman (US Army, Ret.,)

A West Point Professor of Psychology, Pulitzer Prize nominated author, and world expert on human aggression, violence and active shooters; Dave Grossman interviewed with PoliceOne.com in 2010 – “Active Shooters in Schools: The Enemy is Denial.”

In the interview Grossman says “Never call an unarmed man ‘security’… Call him ‘run like hell when the man with the gun shows up’ but never call an unarmed man security.”

Dave Grossman
Recent Feedback

Some of the most professional individuals I have ever met. They exceeded every expectation. They would be the first company I would contact if the need ever arose again. Well worth every penny! Highly recommended! Thank you for everything you did.
Jason Stockslager
12:01 15 May 18
They are a great asset to our business! Super friendly, while making sure we are safe and secure.
Carrie Baker
17:10 09 Jul 18
Late afternoon Friday March 9, 2018, my vehicle broke down on N. Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA. Due to an officer of TSE District II Harrisburg, PA., assistance, effort and time. I was able to get myself and disabled vehicle successfully to and in a reasonable amount of time, home to Chambersburg, PA. This officer’s action is a reflection of a very superior organization. Thank you.
steve reed
20:47 22 Mar 18
Most professional security service around. Great communication, very understanding, trustworthy, flexible, and more importantly dependable. TSE is highly recommended and I encourage all to try them out for your next security service.
Jose Rios
00:16 14 Feb 18
Very impressed. Excellent service. Total professional. Highly recommend
Valerie Kean Staab
05:19 14 Feb 18
TSE is a great agency and we love having them at our shop. They are very professional and always take their job seriously but also know how to relate and assist us with other various task or even help patients when they have questions or concerns about the laws and regulations. We feel very safe knowing we have them as our officers in case of an emergency or in the event of a threat. We have already had a couple of incidents where they were able to tell what had happened when we had some suspicious activity, as well as stop a few suspicious people from entering or coming back to our shop. It has been a pleasure having TSE as our officers and look forward to the continuing great work they do and provide us on a daily basis!
Tommy Trout
18:17 30 Nov 18
Fantastic. Great folks and great attention to detail. I can honestly say the whole staff and myself feel better knowing we can depend on these officers. Great with any issues and incredible with non staff members. Any place that needs security could only benefit from this company. Quality people.
Chace Chavez
01:52 09 Nov 18
I've never felt safer than when I've had a TSE officer on duty at my place of business! Very professional, and take their job seriously. Would recommend to everyone.
Carrie Lester
16:38 27 Nov 18
The most professional group of individuals around. They take great care in their job. They are also willing to go above and beyond to help us take the best care of our patients.
S Trimmer
15:03 25 Sep 18
Since we received a security guard assigned to our pharmacy our feelings of being safe have increased dramatically. Our customers are generally a lot nicer and we all feel very safe. Before we had a guard I had difficulties focussing on my work due to the fact that I was constantly surveying the area and preparing for the worst. I highly recommend this company as their officers are highly trained and professional. Satisfaction guaranteed.
16:30 15 Feb 19
The officers presence in the pharmacy certainly has helped my anxiety. I am able to focus on my tasks and not worry if we are being robbed. Our customers have also taken a liking to him.
Jennifer Brandt
01:01 19 Feb 19
Very professional, I feel much safer now with the officer on site. Having someone here to protect us in the case of an emergency really sets my mind at ease
Princess ChodFather
23:45 02 Apr 19
We have recently had a lot of armed robberies in our store. Our owners have had two of the officer's in our stores for the last couple of months. It is reassuring to have them in the stores keeping us safe. They are also very friendly with the customers. As we are a local owned small business that's huge in our community!
CORI Kepner
16:11 17 Apr 19
I have had the pleasure to work with TSE for one year. TSE is always pleasant and helpful with MMJ patients and employees. In my 22+ years of Retail Pharmacy experience, TSE is the most Professional Security company when compared to their competitors. I feel that the MMJ patients' and employees' safety is of the utmost importance to these professionals.
Albert Kinsky
21:04 30 Apr 19
TSE provided security for Hangar Jam Live at the Capital City Airport. They were professional, courteous and everything I expected from their services. Not only did we enjoy having TSE staff at the event but they also helped guide us along the way to ensure proper security. They went above and beyond and I will certainly be using them again. Cheers!
Bartley Kaminski
13:37 22 May 19
The most professional group of individuals around. They take great care in their job. They are also willing to go above and beyond to help us take the best care of our patients.My TSE Officer was exemplary. I have never felt more safe at my job. My TSE Officer was able to make my patients feel safe as well. I could go on endlessly about the fantastic job that was done day in and day out.
S Trimmer
23:36 29 May 19
I've worked with TSE for the past year in the PA MMJ Industry and without any doubt at all, my TSE Officer (as well as other officers that worked with us) were ALWAYS top notch, professional and 150% on top of everything. We felt much safer knowing our TSE Officer was always watching over us and the patients from our dispensary. I/we HIGHLY recommend Tri State Enforcement!!!
Kevin Thomas
21:40 06 Jun 19
Edward and his team were thorough, efficient, communicative and on time. They were attentive to our needs and did everything in their power to meet them Highly recommended.
Tallay Wickham
20:20 17 Jun 19