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  • What are your best memories in Security?

    Please forgive me for being corny , but posting in the Spring Break

    thread brought back some good memories, so what I'm going to do is throw

    this hastily thought-of question at all of you.

    What are your best memories of working in the Security Field?

    I have a few from working on the island. These memories range from minor

    details such as watching countless sunrises over the ocean near the end of

    my shift, to more unique opportunities like being assigned as an addition to

    the regular staff of bodyguards to musicians and entertainers. Now that I'm

    finished with my corny rant, go for it fellas.
    "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
    — Vince Lombardi

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    IX. Strive to attain professional competence.

  • #2
    My best memory. My 1st night as a security officer.



    August of 1994. I was 20. I had just been hired as a security officer. It was my 1st ever full time job, all the jobs before it were part time gigs in high school and college. I was taking a break from college because times got hard for the family.

    I appled for the job with Smith Protective on the 12th, got hired on the 14th, and was assigned to my 1st post in a very Ghetto Apt complex near Harry Hines blvd on the 15th LOL. Me in a security uniform and plastic badge, in a Red pick up marked security...and that's it. Pick up had an empty shotgun rack lol.

    I noticed right away that it was bad, but I didn't know how bad till about halfway through my shift. I noticed this one guy who would always walk up to car that pulled up, walk back into the apts courtyard area, then back to the car. didn't take a lot of brain cells to realize he was dealing. I stayed visible, and he and his "boys" moved around when I would walk past. Boy did they "mean mug" me, but it was cool.

    Later, a Dallas PD officer came by, told me to get in the car, and drove around the corner (my 1st time ever in a police car , and I wasn't in cuffs, momma was so proud ). He let me know that the main dealer guy was an ex-con and gangbanger that had previously been a suspect in a murder, but they couldn't prove it. He ask me to keep an eye on their activity and give him a call if they did anything blatant.

    An hour later, I was on the 3rd fllor looking down at the pool and courtyard and noticed the gangbanger guy again, counting some money. One of his boys bumped into hm and a gun fell out of his pants. He picked it up and went back to counting his money. I called the DPD Officer. A few minutes later the officer and 2 others come through the walkway gate, and tyhe gangbanger takes off running.

    I ran to the end of the 3rd floor hallway and watched him dive into a freaking dumpster. When the cops rounded the corner, they ran right past him, and i shouted to them to turn around. They did, and the banger gave up without a fight.

    My 1st night on the job and I helped take a (probably muderous) dope dealer off the street! The feeling was indescribable........

    13 months later I was still a S/O (different company, worked in a high rise building in downtown Dallas) and about to enter the police academy. Almost 13 years later I'm still doing this kind of work. I still think about that 1st day sometimes...
    Last edited by Black Caesar; 02-20-2007, 07:31 AM.
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    • #3
      Best Memories

      I remember at the beginning of my Air Force Security Police career as a slick sleever working the main gate at my base on a midnight shift. It's around 2:00 am and this car is coming up to the gate with it's high beams on, so I'm thinking what's this guys problem? Well he gets up to the gate, rolls down his window and proceeds to give me Canadian paper money. He was drunk as a skunk, and thought he was at a toll booth. My Flight Chief (shift super.) was laughing his a## off when he got there and I told him.

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      • #4
        My best memory was a talk we recieved upon graduation from Air Police Academy by the Chief Master Sergeant who was Superintendent. "If any of you dishonor the shield, I will come after you even if I have to leave the VA Cemetery." He had a habit of approaching an officer looking him up and down and watching that poor officer squirm under his gaze. He always looked like he just stepped out of a bad box. The officer looked relieved when he passed the Chief's inspection. He could freeze water with a single glance. July 1968.
        Enjoy the day,
        Bill

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        • #5
          When working for the Salt River Project (SRP) in the metro Phoenix area I was checking out a remote pumping station. Walking down the steps to enter the facility I encountered a rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike.
          Retail Security Consultant / Expert Witness
          Co-Author - Effective Security Management 6th Edition

          Contributor to Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Security Consultant
            When working for the Salt River Project (SRP) in the metro Phoenix area I was checking out a remote pumping station. Walking down the steps to enter the facility I encountered a rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike.
            That would not be my best or fondest memory.
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            "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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            • #7
              I'm sure it's one I'll remember long after brain gas claims me.
              Retail Security Consultant / Expert Witness
              Co-Author - Effective Security Management 6th Edition

              Contributor to Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference

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              • #8
                Armed at the Ocala Jockey club, me and two other officers foiled an attempt to steal a horse valued at 1.2 million dollars. Worked close with the sherriffs department, they treated us just as if we were a part of the team

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                • #9
                  2 stck out today. (With over 30 years in the biz I probably could think of more). 1) When I had the young boy that was having difficulty breathing. I figured out that an ambulance would take 6 ot 8 minutes to arrive then it would take at least another 2 minutes to find the room & a 5 minute ride with lights & siren to hospital. I decided to put him & his parents in the back of the shuttle bus & got them to the hospital in 7 minutes. He lived. (I know Nathan, in Florida I would have lost my license - thank goodness I'm In-House & didn't have one to loose).

                  The 2nd was also the funniest. It was dealing with the girl who saw the James Bond movie GoldFinger who tried to commit suicide by painting herself from head to toe with yellow paint (she couldn't find gold). She then crawled into bed to die. After a few hours when she had not expired she called for help because she was stuck to the sheets
                  I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                  Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                  • #10
                    We had a guy that was doing LP and was only on the job a couple of months. In those two months the store was robbed twice. He figured that the bad guys were hiding out side waiting for him to go for a pee. This night he had a funny feeling that they would hit again. So he headed for the back where the hopper is an crouched down and made his way back to the front so he had a sight on the door.

                    Well sure as hell in comes this guy with a white surgical mask and our guy screams not this time a hole and took a flying tackle on the guy. After our guy regrouped he realized that the guy was wearing an oxygen mask under it and was afraid that the water vapor would freeze in the winter night weather. I never saw our guy again after that. The whole thing was dropped except in bantering amongst our guys.
                    THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A 911 CALL IS FOUR MINUTES
                    THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A .357 MAGNUM ROUND IS 1400 FEET PER SECOND?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Security Consultant
                      When working for the Salt River Project (SRP) in the metro Phoenix area I was checking out a remote pumping station. Walking down the steps to enter the facility I encountered a rattlesnake, coiled and ready to strike.
                      I run into those all the time, only they have legs and we call them: "Snake-in-the-grass"
                      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                      • #12
                        I guess as being part of a Protective Security Detail, meeting many of the world dignitaries.

                        One of my favourites being the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

                        Not that I'm biased or anything.

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