Joseph Robertson

Joseph Robertson

Senior Programmer Analyst at Tyson Foods Inc.

2200 W Don Tyson Pkwy, Springdale, Arkansas, United States
HQ Phone:
(479) 290-4000

General Information


Software Developer  - Acxiom Corporation

Position, Service  - IBP

Undercover Drug Enforcement Agent  - Department of Justice

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Joe Robertson, Tyson's director of corporate and global security, says taking the proper steps from start to finish can minimize such incidents and prevent the loss of life. "The goal is to delay the perpetrator by any means until the local authorities can get there," says Robertson who knows much about safeguarding plant facilities, food products and company employees. Robertson has spent his entire professional life fighting crime - first as a public servant and now in private enterprise.His 15 years in public law enforcement included a stint as an undercover drug enforcement agent for the U.S. Department of Justice and sheriff in Neosho County, Kan.He spent 15 years in service at IBP, which Tyson acquired in 2001. "Security is not rocket science, but when it comes to the safety of company assets and protecting team members, it is just as important and requires the right attitude to accomplish objectives and goals," Robertson says."It means doing what makes the most sense, when the facts are obvious that it's a good idea and the benefits are without question." America began recalibrating its balance between convenience and security in the wake of deaths and property destruction in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. "That tragedy pushed security in the meat industry to a new level, and we are doing everything we can to make our customers feel better about the safety of our products, which means leaving nothing to chance," Robertson says. That means safeguards against property theft, product contamination, sabotage of equipment and/or process, workplace violence and/or homicide, terrorism, and intentional chemical releases that can injure or kill. "Perpetrators must have access to the facility to carry out any of these threats," Robertson emphasizes. That being the case, Robertson recommends a plant security plan with the following objectives: - Deter with fencing, security officer presence, lighting, closed-circuit TV, identification and bag inspections. - Deny access with locked doors and gates, and security officers. - Delay entrance with fencing and by blocking direct avenues of approach. - Detect potential threats with closed-circuit TV, company personnel and security officers. Executing such a plan requires input from key plant team members including representatives from security, human resources, health services, safety and operations, Robertson says.A written communication alert procedure should outline the roles of U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and plant operation and administrative personnel.Individuals should be assigned specific responsibilities, and evacuation procedures should be established. "Controlling and limiting access at all points of entry is important," Robertson says."This can be done with exterior lighting to illuminate the plant's exterior, especially at product storage locations, employee parking, chemical storage areas and security checkpoints." Company officials must also watch for employee aggression and have a policy in place to handle such matters. "Something could start with an argument," Robertson notes."The minute somebody says 'stab,' 'kill' or 'shoot,' immediate action is required.That person should be removed and appropriate action taken." Robertson says when violence is imminent leading to employee dismissal, termination should take place away from the building, preferably at outside security offices if they exist.

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