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Is this your chosen field, or is it temporary until you move on to bigger things? Do you think of it as a Career or Job? Love it, like it, don't care, or hate it? I'm interested to know why others do the job. Think of it as a poll, lol.


 


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I am an LEO now but spent 7 years as a SG. (armored transport) I did it at first becuase it was just a job that was available until I could get an LE job.  But I liked it so I stayed until our company was sold.  I would go back to it if the right position came along.  I don't buy into this BS that LEOs are better the SGs.



There's no "we're better than them" or vice versa deal. We do different jobs that shouldn't even be compared. We just happen to cross paths on occassion (ok, a lot, lol) since our interests are generally parallel. I like being a campus SG, but I don't love it. I'm set on LE and won't stop till I get there. Only then will I know whether its really right for me.


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I do security work because it's the only job my Mommy said I could,


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I've spent more than 15 years doing a wide range of security & security related jobs before a short 5 year stint as a police officer. I left the PD for complex family related reasons and would very much like to return. Only time will tell for sure if I actually get to return. Either way the protection industry is a profession for me. I have accquired a variety of training certifications including some as an instructor. Protecting people in some fashion is what I do...


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Temp for now. I actually have the PD deal going on right now and 2 other things just in case i hit a road block and i cant join the PD for whatever reason but either way within the next 6 months or so i wont be in this business.


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Temp for now. I actually have the PD deal going on right now and 2 other things just in case i hit a road block and i cant join the PD for whatever reason but either way within the next 6 months or so i wont be in this business.



Good deal, man. I have high hopes of getting into the PD during the next hiring process. One class left that starts on June 19th. Its accelerated, so I'm hoping to be done with it in a few months. I'm expecting another hiring process around that time.


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Temp for now. I actually have the PD deal going on right now and 2 other things just in case i hit a road block and i cant join the PD for whatever reason but either way within the next 6 months or so i wont be in this business.



Good deal, man. I have high hopes of getting into the PD during the next hiring process. One class left that starts on June 19th. Its accelerated, so I'm hoping to be done with it in a few months. I'm expecting another hiring process around that time.



Shoot the one i'm in said they can get you in, in a month or so. They hold a test every month or so but Phoenix holds them twice a month


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Temp for now. I actually have the PD deal going on right now and 2 other things just in case i hit a road block and i cant join the PD for whatever reason but either way within the next 6 months or so i wont be in this business.



Good deal, man. I have high hopes of getting into the PD during the next hiring process. One class left that starts on June 19th. Its accelerated, so I'm hoping to be done with it in a few months. I'm expecting another hiring process around that time.



Shoot the one i'm in said they can get you in, in a month or so. They hold a test every month or so but Phoenix holds them twice a month



Ah, if only Phoenix was closer, lol


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Temp for now. I actually have the PD deal going on right now and 2 other things just in case i hit a road block and i cant join the PD for whatever reason but either way within the next 6 months or so i wont be in this business.



Good deal, man. I have high hopes of getting into the PD during the next hiring process. One class left that starts on June 19th. Its accelerated, so I'm hoping to be done with it in a few months. I'm expecting another hiring process around that time.



Shoot the one i'm in said they can get you in, in a month or so. They hold a test every month or so but Phoenix holds them twice a month



Ah, if only Phoenix was closer, lol



Yeah your a little ways away from here althogh they are taking people from other states and in some cases pay for your hotel if you want to move. This is only what i hear but who knows then again they do need some odd of almost 3000 more officers i believe


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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL


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Ah, if only Phoenix was closer, lol



SEO....come wintertime....Phoenix is a whole lot less snowy!


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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



Now, now, Freezie. You're not fat. You're fluffy ;)


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Ah, if only Phoenix was closer, lol



SEO....come wintertime....Phoenix is a whole lot less snowy!



Yeah and if you ride a motorcyle its perfect weather year round


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Ah, if only Phoenix was closer, lol



SEO....come wintertime....Phoenix is a whole lot less snowy!



I had read a year ago that Phoenix was desperate for LEO's. They've got (or had at the time) great incentive packages, including paying part of a mortgage and paying for your move. Cost of living is supposed to be reasonable too, at least compared to L.A. and San Diego, which is their biggest competition for snatching up candidates.


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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



Now, now, Freezie. You're not fat. You're fluffy ;)



FLUFFY!!!???!!!


ya mean like THIS?



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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



Now, now, Freezie. You're not fat. You're fluffy ;)



FLUFFY!!!???!!!


ya mean like THIS?




Look at the terror in that wolves eyes. He's just thinking "Oh please dont eat me!"


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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



Now, now, Freezie. You're not fat. You're fluffy ;)



FLUFFY!!!???!!!


ya mean like THIS?




LMFAO! Ah, there's a comedian who says that all the time, about being fluffy. I forget his name, but its hilarious.


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I was first "licensed" as a security guard back in 1988.  I was hired after a 3 min interview by an international company based on my resume of police training as an explorer.  Following the interview I was handed an armfull of uniforms and told to sit and watch a series of video tapes (cant tell you how long the tapes were, as they kept them on fast fwd and said it was only a formality.)  Went to work that 4 hours later and was abandoned on shift in a high crime area (unarmed) for almost 18 hours.  When the relief finally showed up, I called off duty and QUIT immediately.  NOT WHAT I EXPECTED.


I went on to become an LEO.  At the time of the birth of my two children I needed money and got clearance to work security in an admin capacity as a national company's post inspector.  I soon learned that nothing had changed in almost 10 years (the training reqs and licensing by the State did improve dramaticly however).  Same indifferance to the employees, low pay, and poor conditions!


As an LEO and a security supervisor it was clear something had to be done.  So, I had the chance to start my own firm and I did, vowing to have learned from the mistakes of others before me.  There was an obvious need to fill the gap between public LE and 'traditional' security.  I am very proud of what has transpired into a high quality security alternative for the public.  I demand experience and excellence and my fine employees meet the demand; in response they are given higher levels of training and pay, and take pride in what they do.


SG's hang in there!  Ours cant be the only agency out there of this sort.  I wish you all well and hope that industry requirements and improvements continue Nationwide.  STAY SAFE


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Im in it because it's an easy job. I believe you could make a career of it but not a very stable one..depending on what security you do. I plan to be a LEO soon enough though.

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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



YOUR FUNNY!!!


Maybe we could start a 'FAT AZZ' group... LMAO

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i curently do security and its ok... boring most of  time  but i get the job done and dont complain i am currently in the hiring process for CCPD ...so wish me luck people lol

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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



YOUR FUNNY!!!


Maybe we could start a 'FAT AZZ' group... LMAO



That would be GRAND...... we'll do a PHAT ARZE thread in Saturday Night Roast!


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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



Now, now, Freezie. You're not fat. You're fluffy ;)



FLUFFY!!!???!!!


ya mean like THIS?




LMFAO! Ah, there's a comedian who says that all the time, about being fluffy. I forget his name, but its hilarious.



you mean Gabriel Iglesia. He's hilarious!!!!

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Good question. Where to start? It's not a job, It's an adventure! Not to long ago I commented on a post with a LE officer who didn't like, or just didn't understand people who work in the sececurity field. Run across this all the time when I was actively working security. After the military [1993] it was a $8.00hr job. I liked it!!! Good job [needed more pay] until becoming a LEO. Moved onto a Federal SG gig [1996] for $14.21hr. Very boring job, but paid well & helped me towards that LEO 'Golden Ring.' Needed to test myself to see if I belonged on the mean streets of Oakland or San Francisco, CA. Got hired [1997] for a private company [LE owned] which provided armed uniformed security for numerous SF/Bay Area 'low income housing' developments [ie, HOUSING PROJESTS]. The company hired only current, former, retired, or LE trained personal. This job was really, I mean really, fun. Broke my 'Cherry' in some of the worse projects on the West Coast. The pay sucked [$10-15hr], but the job was a blast... All of my security exp. helped me move [1999] onto a Federal LE job which was $19.50hr. By the way, the LE services were contracted out to a private company [not GS] by the government for the government [go figure]. Great job, great benefits, great location until 9-11when the military took over 'ALL' LE / Security duties. OUT OF A JOB! Back to my old friend security and some 'New Horizons.' Supervisor low income housing [2003, still $15hr Man], trained up for contract services for Iraq [go & wife would divorce me], new job [2005] as Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer for Military Sealift Command [$27.01hr]. So, the few years have turned into many. Why? You can see that I put the time-line & pay down for a reason. I didn't do it for the money! Working security, good & bad, I feel made me a better LEO. I will be a LEO again [dame leg, dame treadmill] again, but I will never forget were I came from. I try not to plan these days [read above] but upon my LEO retirement, I will return to the security field and see were it takes me [DynCorp, Iraq, ???]. Good luck to all SG with grabing the RING. All LEO's that were SG's at one time, 'don't' forget were you can from!' jACK

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Is this your chosen field, or is it temporary until you move on to bigger things? Do you think of it as a Career or Job? Love it, like it, don't care, or hate it? I'm interested to know why others do the job. Think of it as a poll, lol.


 



It pays for college, I had to give up better jobs and opportunities to move to Michigan, to marry my gal. Security for a national company was my choice because I was able to hire on in one state, then transfer to where I am now. Now I'm just keeping this till the Corrections hiring freeze is over, and I can go back to my job of choice.


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I started out doig security because I wanted to use it as a stepping stone into the sheriffs department. I worked a few boring jobs and almost quit because I did not like the types of jobs I was on (working at a church or watching a hotel, getting towels when the front desk called).


Through word of mouth I heard that a Company that worked at a government subsidized housing complex was needing some more guards. I applied and was immediatley Hooked. I guess my answer is this: When I first started this property there were shootings, fights an extreamly large gang problem and all this was exciting to me. And being able to get so involved with the things like looking for shooting suspects, dealling with the gangs and catching people with warrants (this was one of the things i liked most because we are able to run warrant checks on people and  hold them for the police) and the fights were great to.


But after seeing a few dead bodies and seeing a couple of small children that were murdered and being shot at a few times and having to see the heartbreak and aftermath of all this stuff my mentallity changed. Here is how it changed. At first I thouight that every one there was a peice of sh@# and there was no reason to pay attention to any thing else. Then Slowly I started paying attention to the Victims and the people that had been hurt and it hit me that there were still a few good people around that just did not have any where else to be.


My attitude changed completly and I Noticed that people sometimes actually depend on you for their safety and peace of mind. I Got the chance to join the sherrifs department and decided not to. I realized that by me seeing the same gang bangers every day and dealing with the not so upstanding people day by day that I could help some victim by giving names or street names to police based on only a description or some small detail of an unknown attacker, help the police put peices of a puzzle together because people out there know me and would rather talk to me than the police or varius other things.


I also like the small things that I can do that the police cant. Like not having to have a warrent to search an apartment or the residents permission to search (they give written and signed permission at the time of their move in) This also helps the police who have to have a warrant To say, search an apartment for some one inside. Once I am inside I have the right to invite the police in for help in searching the apartment.


These are just some of the reasons I decided to make this a career. I have been at this property, and have managed to stay there through three different companies, My friend and I have started a company and are now over the security at this property. We have not had one single violent incident at this property since we took over security.


I would consider maybee a reserve position somewhere, but this is my job and this is what I do and I am very  happy and very satisfied in the choice that I have made. My response to people who ask me why I did not Become come a police officer Or to the police officers that look down on my job I just tell them this: No I aint a cop, yes I am just a security gaurd, no I cant make the entire city a safer place, But I can damn sure bust my ass to make my tiny little block in this entire city a better place.


And that is why I am a very happy security gaurd 

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Temp, I am a security officer because I am good at it and it pays my bills.  I am hoping to become a Peace Officer with my local department, but some of what I learned doing security may give me some experience when it comes to police work.

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I'M FAT!!!!


No, really, I am fat but working on it. LOL



Now, now, Freezie. You're not fat. You're fluffy ;)



FLUFFY!!!???!!!


ya mean like THIS?




LMFAO! Ah, there's a comedian who says that all the time, about being fluffy. I forget his name, but its hilarious.



you mean Gabriel Iglesia. He's hilarious!!!!



YES YES! Thats the guy, lmfao. He's a riot.


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Is this your chosen field, or is it temporary until you move on to bigger things? Do you think of it as a Career or Job? Love it, like it, don't care, or hate it? I'm interested to know why others do the job. Think of it as a poll, lol.


 



It pays for college, I had to give up better jobs and opportunities to move to Michigan, to marry my gal. Security for a national company was my choice because I was able to hire on in one state, then transfer to where I am now. Now I'm just keeping this till the Corrections hiring freeze is over, and I can go back to my job of choice.



I feel your pain, bro, lol. I was actually supposed to leave for the Kansas State Trooper barracks for the academy (more like boot-camp), but ended up moving to WI and marrying my girl instead. At that time, KS was the 3rd lowest paying state for LE, so I didn't feel to bad about it. In reality, I should have stuck it out for 6 months, got the job and assignment, then moved my girl down to KS, lol. Oh well, hindsight is a bitch!


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Great answers, folk. These are the types of answers I like to read. No literal comparing jobs with LEO's or bragging about what we do. Its a job that somebody has to do, and we get it done. I especially appreciate the LEO's who have been there/done that, or currently moonlight as SG's. Its not about being appreciated by LE, but understood. Being a career SG, unless your pay is amazing and you're working with a company that actually does exciting work instead of crap, is usually not what any of our goals are. Some do it just to pay the bills, some do it while in school for LE, and some genuinely love what they do. My personal take on being an SG: Even if you don't like it, do the job as if you love it. You'll learn more, catch more, and be the best employee you can be. In the end, it will help you move on to whatever it is you want to do. Thanks for the answers and the banter, guys/gals.


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