About Us

IronRock Security was founded by Former Lakewood Chief of Police, Rob Lawson. IronRock provides a full array of security services including schools, apartment buildings, construction sites, retail, and events.

IronRock’s business model is to offer fully reliable and dependable service every single day to every single client. We use only top quality guards and we take a hands-on approach to every job. We oversee and take full responsibility for every single guard. Our guards are courteous and professional, and you will never have to be concerned about their post.

Founder - Robert C. Lawson, CEO

Rob Lawson serves as CEO of IronRock Security. Chief Lawson has been in the Police force for over 35 years.

Chief Lawson was hired by the Lakewood Police Department in 1981 and he spent his first 5 years as a Foot Patrolman walking the streets of downtown Lakewood. In 1986, he was certified by the NJ Police Training Commission as a certified Police Instructor and was designated as the Rangemaster of the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997, where he has been a staff instructor for 30 years. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1988 and was assigned to the position of Training Officer/Firearms Instructor. In 1997, Chief Lawson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to Administration and as the Media Liaison.  In 2001, he graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  He was promoted to Captain in 2002 and placed in command of the Detective Bureau, Traffic and Safety and the Office of Professional Standards. In December of 2006, he was appointed as Chief of Police for Lakewood Township. Lawson served as Chief until his mandatory retirement on August 1, 2016.

Chief Lawson spent 6 years on the Ocean County Mental Health Board and was a member of the Ocean County Human Relations Commission for about 10 years.

He is a member of the NJ Certified Public Manager’s Association, the Ocean County Chiefs of Police Association, the NJ State Association Chiefs of Police-Certified Chief Law Enforcement Executive and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a member of the Lakewood Community Response Team, Lakewood Chaveirim and serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations:

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus Foundation Board

Lakewood Municipal Alliance

Special Kids Fund

Lakewood Police Foundation.

Chief Lawson graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and earned the professional designation as a Certified Public Manager from Rutgers University.  He received his Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and subsequently received postgraduate certifications in Human Resource Administration, School Security and Safety Administration, and Global Leadership and Administration.

Chief Lawson was appointed as the Deputy Coordinator to the Office of Emergency Management for Lakewood Township in 2003 assuming the Coordinators position in 2006, a position that he still currently holds.


Award and Honors

June 5, 2007      Public Service Award, NJ Senate and General Assembly


July 7, 2007       Outstanding Service Award, Chai Lifeline

Oct. 18, 2009     Lifetime Achievement Award, MFL Community Complex

Nov. 16, 2011    LPD Citizen of the Year Award , Lakewood Chamber of

Commerce, NJ Senate and General Assembly Resolution

June 10, 2012   Public Service Award, K’hol Zichron Yaakov

June 16, 2012   Community Service Award, Puerto Rican Civic Assn.

June  6,  2014   Community Service Award, Arlington Ave Residents Assn.

April 16, 2016    OC Freeholders Proclamation/LCSW Service Award

NJ Senate and General Assembly Resolution

June 26, 2016    Lakewood Tri-County NAACP Community Service Award