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  • #31
    I prefer the term "Security Specialist", "Security Professional", "Security Executive Officer" or "Security Ninja"
    "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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    • #32
      In Quebec we are Agent de Securite so when we speak English we are called Security Agents. I hate being called a guard as for reasons stated in other posts, I actively respond to problems, I don't just guard things. And I flip if someone calls me a Watchman in English or Gardien in French!
      I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
      Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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      • #33
        Where I was from (Florida) watchmen were agents of the Sheriff who were appointed to keep watch over WWII "vital war effort" facilities. They had amazing powers for the time - the power to arrest any person snooping near a facility, etc.

        Its still illegal to use the term.
        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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        • #34
          The term guard still floats around here despite those who have official titles by their companies. The license may have security officer on it. But the old school names are still spoke like a discouraging word. And yes, the sky is sometimes cloudy all day.

          In Florida anything still goes as long as you don't have the words "police, agent, patrol, deputy, trooper, wildlife, state, marshal or sheriff" with it. There are a few titles not allowed but they elude me at the moment.
          My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

          -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

          -It's just a job kid deal with it

          -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

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          • #35
            Originally posted by HotelSecurity
            ..Watchman....
            Watchman was my title when I worked security in NYC. Personally, I like the term because it describes what I do and the title has a long rich history all the way back to biblical times.

            For people like N.A., 1st. Watch, and the like, I can understand why the title watchman is inappropriate for what they do. Enforcement, including arrests, is a major part of their job. I simply observe and report. Physical confrontation is only used when I am defending myself or the client from imminent and unpreventable bodily harm.

            Some people would be bored out of their gourd doing what I do. Nevertheless, I enjoy it. I never want to be put in a position where force is frequently needed.
            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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            • #36
              Officer, we can and do put our hands on people. In my minds eye a guard is at a factory gate with a detex clock (I was a guard for a few years). However eathier way the general public loves to blow off any thing that has to do with SECURITY,

              I kinda like the "code word" the nurses and other staff use if they want to call us with out some mope knowing, is Dr. Armstrong

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              • #37
                By WA State Law I am "Security Guard" by Wackenhut standards I am Custom Protection Officer.
                "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
                "The Curve" 1998

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                • #38
                  Titles

                  The world seems to have a fascination with inventing titles that sound great, but really fool no one. Tellers are now Customer Service Representatives. Janitors = Facility Maintenance Technicians. Garbage men = Sanitation Engineers. Clerks = Customer Service Specialists. We can call ourselves whatever we want, but security guard is what the public will always call us.
                  Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                  • #39
                    My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

                    -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

                    -It's just a job kid deal with it

                    -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

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                    • #40
                      Don't forget flashlight cop
                      I believe I speak for everyone here sir, when I say, to Hell with our orders.
                      -Lieutenant Commander Data
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                      • #41
                        In NY, we're licensed as Security Guards, but your employer can decide to call you pretty much whatever they want. I've seen:

                        Security Officer
                        Protective Services Officer
                        Campus Safety Officer
                        Public Safety Officer

                        etc.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Wackenhut Lawson
                          By WA State Law I am "Security Guard" by Wackenhut standards I am Custom Protection Officer.
                          You're a CPO now? In the last pic you posted, weren't you wearing the white shirt? Get a promotion?

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                          • #43
                            Affirmative. I just got it yesterday. I work a USO site right now, so I am still in White, but I am trying to switch over to a CPO site soon so I can be in the tans... pics to come soon.
                            "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
                            "The Curve" 1998

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                            • #44
                              Congrads, hope you get a decent assignment!
                              My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

                              -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

                              -It's just a job kid deal with it

                              -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

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                              • #45
                                Yeah, me too. Thanks.
                                "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
                                "The Curve" 1998

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