About SSA

Founded in 1991 in Los Angeles, SSA Security Group, Inc. is a locally operated, full service security company, providing patrols in specific LA-based neighborhoods. Offering residential, commercial, and private security services, our primary focus is assuring our clients’ security and well-being in their community, businesses, and home.

As the consistently top-rated private security patrol in Los Angles for nearly three decades, we employ only highly trained, vetted and experienced officers with real world policing expertise. We immerse in the communities we serve, providing our clients round-the-clock security patrol with industry leading response and the highest level of protection. We are committed to the reduction and suppression of crime. Simply put, our protective and investigative services provided by our exceptional staff and team of security specialists is unequaled in Southern California.

SSA Security Group is affiliated with law enforcement, security and investigative industry organizations:

  • American Society for Industrial Security
  • California Police Officer’s Association
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Council of Investigative & Security Services
  • Northern & Southern California Fraud Investigators Association
  • Western States Auto Theft Investigators

Our Security Specialists Are Highly-Trained and Experienced

Our personnel come from a myriad of professional backgrounds. All are POST-certified* (Police Officer Standardized Training* and police or sheriff’s academy graduates, or qualified military veterans. Some are recently retired law enforcement personnel — many assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Division or SWAT detail. While all our officers are trained in unarmed tactics, each are properly documented to carry weapons during assignments.

*CA Police Officer Standards in Training



Executive Senior Vice-President

Mr. Segraves is a twenty-eight year, retired veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, serving more than half of his career in the elite Metropolitan Division. During his tenure, he established and supervised hundreds of security plans and details for visiting dignitaries from numerous nations. He also served on the LAPD’s development team for Support Line Tactics for Unusual Occurrences including Riot and Crowd Control Tactics. As an assistant platoon leader, Mr. Segraves was frequently tasked with creating a liaison with the United States Department of State and the U.S. Secret Service. These assignments involved addressing high-risk security needs for visiting international dignitaries and Heads of State, the President and Vice-President of the United States (through six administrations) and high profile witnesses, planning and establishing personal security in and around their temporary residences. Mr. Segraves has attended and led training at dozens of professional seminars regarding security protection and needs including the nationally renowned San Luis Obispo School of Terrorism, the United States Secret Service School of Personal Protection and the State of California School of Personal Protection. With Mr. Shaw, he worked the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, establishing security for the Israeli athletes and their contingents, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, El Al Airlines at the Los Angeles Airport and Turkish athletes and dignitaries. Mr. Segraves also served on the elite team that established security detail for Pope John Paul II during his visit to Los Angeles. As a co-founder and principal for SSA Security Group, Inc., he has supervised, consulted and established security for McDonald’s Restaurants, Alpharel Micro-Chip Manufacturing, the City of Fullerton Transportation Center, Mathews Studio Group, Inc., Hollywood Rentals, Inc., the United States Credit Bureau, American West Bank and hundreds of personal security operations. Mr. Segraves is an active member of the following professional investigative and police officers organizations: ASIS, NCISS, SCFIA, NCFIA, CPOA, CALI and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Throughout his law enforcement and investigative career, Mr. Segraves has been honored with numerous police commission meritorious commendations including the LAPD Police Star. He holds degrees in Administration of Justice and Business Administration from University of Redlands.

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Mr. Shaw is a twenty-five year, retired veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. He spent the majority of his career in the elite Metropolitan Division, consisting of S.W.A.T., counter-assault teams, K-9 units, underwater dive teams (UDT), and the very successful crime suppression detail. As a Metropolitan Division Supervisor, Mr. Shaw also worked in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and Department of State overseeing personnel security and site protection for visiting Foreign Heads of State, President, and Vice-President of the United States (through six administrations), high profile politicians and crime witnesses, valuable property details and witness/officer security. In the Greater Los Angeles area, Mr. Shaw assisted in establishing the security of the homes and offices of many foreign dignitaries, including Counsel Generals of Canada and Turkey. Mr. Shaw has participated in and led dozens of seminars regarding security protection, including the nationally renowned San Luis Obispo School of Terrorism, the United States Secret Service School of Personal Protection and the State of California School of Personal Protection. He was the co-founder and principal owner of Security Consultants where he established security protections, and planned, implemented and conducted security audits for residents, businesses, production companies and major corporations. During the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, Mr. Shaw assisted in planning, implementing and overseeing the security needs for athletes housed at the Olympic Village on the campus of UCLA; as well, he personally led and supervised the counter-assault teams assigned to protect the athletes. As a co-founder of SSA Security Group, Inc., he has established and overseen the security planning for McDonald’s Restaurants, American West Bank, the United States Credit Bureau, Alpharel Micro-Chip Manufacturing, the City of Fullerton Transportation Center, Mathews Studio Group, Inc. and numerous manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles and Ventura County. Throughout the course of his law enforcement career, Mr. Shaw has received numerous honors including meritorious commendations for police and investigative work involving the successful resolution of many high-profile criminal cases. He is an active member of the following professional investigative and police officers organizations: ASIS, NCISS, SCFIA, NCFIA, CPOA, CALI and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He holds degrees in Business Management (BS) and Pubic Administration (MS) from Pepperdine University.

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Todd Orsini

Vice-President/Director, Security Operations

A retired supervisor of the San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) specializing in Patrol, Narcotics, Bike Detail (participant in the inception of this detail) and Traffic Enforcement (initiated and supervised the Motor Detail), Mr. Orsini is also a court qualified expert in Intoxication & Drug Recognition. He worked and supervised several crime specific details, including developing specialized intelligence and providing expert trouble-shooting addressing crime reduction in the city of San Fernando. He worked numerous security details while on the SFPD for visiting dignitaries including helping to establish and implement security for the Mayor of the city of San Fernando. In the private sector, and for SSA Security Group, Inc. (SSA) he has both worked and supervised security details of all types. Until his promotion to Vice President and Director of Security Operations, he led training for SSA officers including patrol procedure instruction for private security operations while acting as Field Supervisor. Mr. Orsini is instrumental in establishing security plans and deployment implementation for many SSA special security details including providing security and robbery prevention for multiple retail stores throughout Southern California. As well, he consults and assists in the establishment of security for a variety of celebrities, VIPs and residents in their homes and for a variety of businesses throughout Southern California. Mr. Orsini is a member of many professional organizations and has attended numerous seminars and training events throughout his career.

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Our Residential and Commercial Security Patrol Service Includes:

Trained Police Officer Personnel

Our security personnel are professionally trained off-duty or former police and law enforcement. Our personnel often have working relationships and direct lines of communication with on-duty law enforcement resources.

24/7/365 Armed Patrol

Our security personnel are professionally trained off-duty or former police and law We provide constant security presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fast Response Times

Our clients receive four-minute or less incident response times, and are typically far faster than public options.

Constant Visible Deterrent

Our 24/7/365 security presence is dedicated your neighborhood and provides a constant, visible deterrent to crime and trespassers.

Law Enforcement Leadership

Our company leadership consists of former LAPD and law enforcement professionals with deep law-enforcement training and relationships.

Residence Checks and Security Sweeps

We are available to conduct on-demand home checks and security sweeps of our clients’ properties

Home Security Audits

All clients receive an audit of their home security setup and associated systems.

Alarm Response

We often act as our clients’ first responders to home and panic alarms. We can work with your alarm company.

Vacation Property Watch

Our clients who are away from their property for extended periods rely on us for on-demand or regular property checks.

Package Handling

For clients away from their property we are able to handle the retrievable and secure storage of sensitive deliveries.

Neighborhood Security Alerts and Communications

We provide our clients with regular updates regarding neighborhood security and incident reporting.

What Our Clients Say

SSA immediately created credibility, personalized the service, and provided the security for the neighborhood we wanted and needed. To be successful in any business, you must always and consistently put your clients’ best interests first. When you do, your personal needs will be realized beyond your greatest expectations. SSA has met this challenge and I would recommend them to anyone seeking solace from a professional security group

Dr. John L. Schwartz, MD
Pacific Palisades

Recently my home was burglarized while my house-sitter was present. She immediately called LAPD and SSA. SSA responded first and communicated suspect information to the LAPD, assisted in coordinating their response and conducted an area search. They also alerted LAPD to the fact that I am a retired law enforcement officer and might have weapons in the house, which resulted in a greater response on the part of the police. After conducting an area search, SSA returned to my home to assist in securing the premises. From the initial response to assuring my home was secure and calming the house-sister, SSA did a thorough and professional job. I am delighted that I am a subscriber.

Riviera Palisades

SSA has been a positive presence in our lives for over a decade. They’ve made our neighborhood a much safer place, and we sleep and travel better knowing they’re on the job. Their patrol cars have high visibility and their officers are personable, quick to respond and always ready to help. There’s simply no comparison between SSA and the cheaper services — you indeed get what you pay for.

The Gale Family
Pacific Palisades

Terry, Jerry and their team have never disappointed me. The two founders are always available by email, their patrol cars know the homeowners they protect, and are reachable by phone 24/7. Whether I need a patrol car to meet me at the door; watch my home when I’m out of town; respond to an alarm activation; or investigate suspicious activity on my block, SSA is always there and ready to serve. I cannot recommend this service highly enough.

Susan Roth
Hancock Park

SSA is experienced, discreet and highly professional (staffed by current and former LAPD officers and law enforcement pros). They also happen to be a group of caring and compassionate officers. With 24/7/365 coverage, no other security patrol comes close to providing their level of service. Simply put, SSA provides the most exceptional private security and fastest responding neighborhood patrol in Los Angeles.

Judy S.
Windsor Square

Our neighborhood has seen an incredible reduction in crime since SSA started their patrol. Their expertly trained patrol officers provide an added sense of security knowing they are less than a few minutes away, should anything arise.

John Mass
Brentwood Park

Our family has lived in the Windsor Square neighborhood for many years. We have been clients of SSA since 2008. We have relied on SSA on many occasions when we or our daughters had safety concerns — whether suspicious cars or strangers roaming our neighborhood, or people in parked cars making too much noise, dumping trash, or engaged in extra-curricular activities — the response time is immediate as our call goes directly to the patrol car manned by trained law enforcement officers. No delays because of intermediaries. Most of SSA’s officers are current or former LAPD. They have a thorough understanding of the laws and the justice system. They are able to handle and diffuse tough situations, or if necessary, detain those who are breaking the law. They have close relationships with the LAPD which results in quick response times by the Wilshire and Olympic divisions. We appreciate the feeling of safety that SSA provides and back up our recommendation by continuing to be loyal customers.

Jack Humphreville
Windsor Square

SSA as a company, and their officers are extremely professional, empathetic, solution oriented, kind and just nice people. Combined with being authoritative and stern when necessary, the SSA officers always make us feel safe and secure in our home and neighborhood. We feel like we have our own police force patrolling the neighborhood. Since we hired SSA as our security patrol, I can’t imagine not having them part of our lives now. We rely on them whenever we go on vacation or are away from our home for a period of time. We never worry about our house being attacked, ever. They know each member of our family, including our children, our cars, our employees (gardener, housekeeper). SSA are like living guardian angels. And if that’s not worth every penny, I don’t know what is.

Susie Forte Gilman
Pacific Palisades