Cooke and Associates, Inc. (CAI) is very please to announce the appointment of Captain Robert Durr to the role of Operations Manager. Robert’s responsibilities will encompass managing operations for both Protective Services and Public Safety Support, accelerating growth through expanding CAI’s presence in new geographies, development of new channels, and contributing to the company’s marketing and business strategies.
Robert brings to the role an extensive and esteemed career in law enforcement, with over 33 years of rigorous experience. Robert served the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office with excellence since 1988, rising to roles of prominence, most recently serving as Sheriff’s Captain. He obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from West Valley College and completed his Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) training at Evergreen College. In his professional capacity, he has undergone extensive and ongoing training through federal and state agencies covering a range of competencies spanning diverse skill sets such as intelligence operations, surveillance, counterterrorism, dignitary protection, and tactical/defensive driving. Robert is fluent in Arabic, driven and hands-on, with expertise in strategic operational streamlining.
“I chose CAI based on the quality of employees they hire and retain. I first met Harry, CEO of CAI, in January 2021 at CAI’s range day. I saw his commitment to and care for his employees and company that day. Before I retired from my 33-year career in law enforcement as a captain, I too had the same level of commitment and care. I saw the similarity between Harry and myself in this treatment of his employees and clients and since I started my position on January 10, 2022, have experienced this commitment and care firsthand” say Robert
“Robert is an outstanding addition to the CAI team, as he brings a deep blend of public and private section protection experience and what it takes to deliver client success,” said Harry Arruda CEO of Cooke & Associates, Inc. “As CAI continues its rapid growth and focuses across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Robert’s operational leadership and his strong background in managing top performing teams will greatly accelerate CAI’s growth. Robert has already made an impact on our operations, and we are thrilled to have him onboard!”
Robert closely understands the nuances and challenges facing the public sector and the unique niche that private security can adeptly fill. “Due to budget cuts, Law Enforcement services are diminishing every year. The basic services, from responding to property crimes and handling the basic needs of the community, have been reduced by the local, state, and federal agencies. That’s how the privatization of security took shape. Quality security companies like CAI that could provide the boutique-class service flourished and filled in the gap where LE agencies lacked basic service. Ultimately, we are not here to replace LE agencies but to augment them so they can continue their commitment to the community. The clients that can afford our services help lift pressure off LE agencies.”
Robert prides himself on adaptability, creative problem solving, attention to detail, communication, analytical skills, and successful outcomes. He is an active member of a number of professional bodies, remaining attuned to current and future developments in the field. He excels in leadership positions and brings passion, knowledge, and a depth of experience often unmatched in the industry.
About Cooke & Associates, Inc.: Cooke & Associates Inc. (CAI) is a global, world-class risk mitigation and security solutions provider, dedicated to keeping our clients safe and secure. With decades of cumulative executive security, investigative, law enforcement, and risk mitigation experience, CAI offers best-in-class solutions which exceed industry standards and client expectations. We utilize the latest in corporate security, executive protection, and investigative methods as well as a variety of other proven techniques utilized in today’s industry. CAI has unparalleled expertise dealing with family offices, CEOs, and other prominent, high-net-worth individuals. We pride ourselves on a profound understanding of the wants and needs of the most discerning clients and cultivate relationships with singular attention. CAI’s services allow our sophisticated clientele the ultimate privacy and freedom without sacrificing robust security. We excel in logistics and the finer details, ensuring lifestyle and culture are perfectly balanced with safety and security. Led by a dedicated team of professionals with extensive international experience, CAI uses a mixture of employees and trusted partners to provide clients with a broad range of services and expertise in over 45 countries. Further information about Cooke & Associates, Inc. can be found at www.cookepi.com.