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    Hi all!

    I'm an officer with a large nationwide company, working in the Seattle area. I was hired primarily for one position, as a contract guard to the GSA/FPS. It's an armed position, working federal sites i.e. the federal office building, SSA offices, etc. I'm currently awaiting my license from the Washington State Dept of Licensing, and have been bouncing from one site to another and also working in the transit security division.

    Bio here...I hate writing these. I last worked as a police officer in Alaska, leaving due to some health issues (now resolved) and family issues. I've previously worked as a deputy sheriff in California, a special-commissioned security police officer for the State of Washington, and a casino security officer/supervisor.

    Okay, I'm mostly killing time working as a guard while interviewing to get back into LE, but it takes time, and I like to be able to afford to eat meanwhile.

    I found the site through Officer.com, and figured on joining.

    Thanks for reading my drivel.

    -Brett

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    Welcome i hope everything works out for you.
    Robert
    Here endith the lesson

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    • #3
      First and foremost Welcome!

      Secondly How do you like working in the Seattle area? How is the job outlook in that area in Security (lots of warm body jobs or some decent ones) I am seriously looking to relocate there soon. Would appreciate any insight that you have.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pfd1615
        First and foremost Welcome!

        Secondly How do you like working in the Seattle area? How is the job outlook in that area in Security (lots of warm body jobs or some decent ones) I am seriously looking to relocate there soon. Would appreciate any insight that you have.
        Honestly? I hate the Seattle area...Mostly because my in-laws live here, and I've grown a severe allergy to rain. Some of the places are decent to work, but there a lot of "just need a pulse" positions. The range of pay is weird though...There's a lot of positions here starting at $8-9 an hour, and others offering $11-15 an hour. I can't imagine trying to live on either of those, yet the companies that offer that never seem to have a shortage; I guess they have lower standards as well?

        If you're interested in something like campus security, Seattle University is always hiring; they start out low wage-wise but I hear they increase pretty regularly.

        Email me, I'll give you some more info.

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        • #5
          Welcome. Look forward to your posts.
          Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wilrobnson
            There's a lot of positions here starting at $8-9 an hour, and others offering $11-15 an hour.
            That sounds pretty standard for the PNW area actually... down here in Portland/Metro, most unarmed positions start around $9, and armed slots (posted or patrol) start around $12-13 DOE...

            I've also noticed a lot of the 'warm body' companies around here like to pay minimum wage... jerks... lol
            Corbier's Commandos - "Stickin it to the ninjas!"
            Originally posted by ValleyOne
            BANG, next thing you know Bob's your Uncle and this Sgt is seemingly out on his a$$.
            Shoulda called in sick.
            Be safe!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bridgegate
              That sounds pretty standard for the PNW area actually... down here in Portland/Metro, most unarmed positions start around $9, and armed slots (posted or patrol) start around $12-13 DOE...

              I've also noticed a lot of the 'warm body' companies around here like to pay minimum wage... jerks... lol
              Of course they do. They're bidding 10-14 dollars per man hour. And when the client asks, "WHy do you pay your employees so little," they reply, "Well, all you need is someone to stand on your post and call the police, right? Those other companies are gouging you. You don't need those other services, like first aid. That's what 911 is for."
              Some Kind of Commando Leader

              "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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