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    How many people on here work in the field of campus safety? It is a career field I'm interested in. Where do you work and how do you like the job?

  • #2
    I used to. It was political correctness gone retarded.

    - Couldnt park a cruiser by the guard booth. It wasnt friendly.
    - Couldnt put SECURITY on any vehicle. It wasnt friendly.
    - Had to take a sign down that advised people to check with Security before proceeding with something stupid. It wasnt friendly.


    It was total crap.
    "I am not a hero. I am a silent guardian, a watchful protector"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FireEMSPolice View Post
      I used to. It was political correctness gone retarded.

      - Couldnt park a cruiser by the guard booth. It wasnt friendly.
      - Couldnt put SECURITY on any vehicle. It wasnt friendly.
      - Had to take a sign down that advised people to check with Security before proceeding with something stupid. It wasnt friendly.


      It was total crap.
      Going off the original topic of the thread but responding to the above. Hotels are even worse in hiding security. To this day some still work plainclothed & others (like me) work semi-plainclothed. There was even a case in Montreal where the police were not allowed to enter the hotel by the front door, it alarmed the guests. They had to use the service entrance, even when coming for an emergency. This stopped after the police response time slowed down until they were finally allowed to use the front door again. Until recently the fire department was told to respond to the service entrance of my hotel for the same reason
      I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
      Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by HotelSecurity View Post
        There was even a case in Montreal where the police were not allowed to enter the hotel by the front door, it alarmed the guests. They had to use the service entrance, even when coming for an emergency. This stopped after the police response time slowed down until they were finally allowed to use the front door again. Until recently the fire department was told to respond to the service entrance of my hotel for the same reason
        When I did security for a casino in Reno, Corporate sent us to Vegas for a week long academy. During which we covered Emergency Procedures. I saw video that was just shocking to a guy coming from a small town, and a former EMT/Fire Fighter. Video of a WMA in his 60's unconscious in front of a slot machine, medics working on him and people were stepping over their equipment AND THE PATIENT AS WELL AS THE MEDICS TO PLAY THE DEAD GU'S MACHINE!!!

        Blew me away...

        On a similar sidenote, my cousin was firefighter over on the Oregon coast. They had an actual fire spreading underneath the casino. They wre trying to evac the place, telling people the casino was ON FIRE and they had to evac. Instead of getting ad leveing they just played FASTER



        Sorry for the temp derail
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        • #5
          And thus it falls to me to un-derail this thread. which is no fun, de-railing is soooo much more satisfying .

          I work for a Community College District Police Department, we cover the 7 Dallas Community Colleges, twice that number of satelite campuses and several district administrative and logistics sites.

          We have a central dispatch center (manned 24/7, we've got 6 full time dispatchers) and each campus has 1 or 2 civilian aides (secretarys), all of whom work part time. The bulk of our staff are commisioned peace officers, though we do have a few remaining Campus Safety Officers. The CSOs are older guys and ladies who have worked this job since the mid-80s, we haven't hired a new CSO since 1991 or so I'm told. Back then the Campus Police Divisions were mostly CSOs with the supervisors being Police, now we're mostly police.

          I love what I do, I was a month shy of my 24th Birthday when I got hired, it's technically my second police job, I was a part time regular for a small town for a year before that. Like lots of young folk right out of the academy, I figured I'd do 2 years and move on. But after seeing the utter crap my buddies (from the academy) went through everyday (some of said crap flowing downhill from their department's leadership and the Civilian establishment), I realized I had a very good deal, now almost 10 years later I'm a FTO and haven't thought of leaving this job for a long time (i did leave a few years ago to try a job on the private side, came back 4 motnhs later).

          It's not for everyone! I mean really. For lots of reasons.

          Protective Service Workers tend to lean towards conservatisim (in my experiance) whereas the powers that be at schools/colleges/universities tend towards the more "anti-authoritiarian/liberal" way of thinking. There is a constant tension between Campus Safety forces and the school leadership and community. In others words, they won't like you till they need you, and heck they won't like you when they do need you anyway .... Imagine being a cop in a very liberal city and you get the idea of what being a campus cop is like, except the campus cop knows everyone in the city .

          Related to the above, another problem is that "they" just don't "get it" from your point of view. Basically, something really really bad has to happen before people stop and think "maybe campus police was right" lol.

          Also, there are "artifical" limits placed on you in both directions. Meaning, they don't want you to do too much (even if you go to work somewhere were you have police authority, "they" won't want you to us it), but if they percieve you as doing "too little" (ie not jumping when they say jump) that could mean trouble.

          Lastly, it's a job that requires SUPREME PATIENCE. You're dealing with people who just grew up (students) or people who never grew up (Teachers) and common sense is the sinlge most uncommon commodity on a college campus lol. You realize this after the 900th theft report you take where someone left their expensive laptop alone "just for a minute" only to come back and find it stolen (WHICH IS YOUR FAULT, CAMPUS SECURITY GUY!!!!).

          All of this varys from place to place of course. some advice i would give is "don't go in expecting anything". Take the job for what it is. If you can stand the downsides it, it's one of the best jobs on Earth. doing the job means something. just look at the bottom of my sig .
          Last edited by Black Caesar; 09-05-2007, 12:47 AM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by BUCKSHOT View Post
            How many people on here work in the field of campus safety? It is a career field I'm interested in. Where do you work and how do you like the job?
            I work for a school district that has an interesting take on security. If we don't acknowledge it it did not happen. Just be careful when you go to look at these jobs. Educators are a very different group of people. They don't understand why we do the training we do or that you have to be POST certified to be hired. Make sure you understand what they want you to do and what they think campus safety is.

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            • #7
              As it is now, I would have to think very hard about taking a job as a campus officer.

              Florida? Not even if Walt Disney dug himself up, then brought Mickey Mouse along with him and offered me $50/hr. Florida has to be the most anti-security state I have ever heard of...

              Just glad I have done campus security as a out of house contracted job. The campus contracted us out to come in and do the job for them. Now that I think of that, it was nice driving a 'security' car with red, amber and clear warning lights on it and having cops drive up and saw to me; "You CAN'T have red and clear lights." I would say, "Well it's just a guess, but I think the yellow E plates on the car say I can..." hehehehe

              (Oregon's plates that are yellow and start with the letter E are Exempt and are for offical government use....only. Typically seen on city/county/state owned vehicles)
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              • #8
                psst, I gotta line on some venomous ducks for those interested... rock bottom prices, I gotta get these outta the house asap!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ValleyOne View Post
                  When I did security for a casino in Reno, Corporate sent us to Vegas for a week long academy. During which we covered Emergency Procedures. I saw video that was just shocking to a guy coming from a small town, and a former EMT/Fire Fighter. Video of a WMA in his 60's unconscious in front of a slot machine, medics working on him and people were stepping over their equipment AND THE PATIENT AS WELL AS THE MEDICS TO PLAY THE DEAD GU'S MACHINE!!!

                  Blew me away...

                  On a similar sidenote, my cousin was firefighter over on the Oregon coast. They had an actual fire spreading underneath the casino. They wre trying to evac the place, telling people the casino was ON FIRE and they had to evac. Instead of getting ad leveing they just played FASTER



                  Sorry for the temp derail
                  We have video loto machines in the hotel. (10). Fights break out all the time when someone gets up when nature calls & someone else starts to play "their" machine. I have been told that in Vegas some hard corse gamblers wear adult diapers to prevent this.
                  I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                  Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                  • #10
                    Nah, the trick is to carry a sign that says; OUT OF HOLDER and then you stick that up there... and take care of business...

                    Well, uh, err, that's what's I heard I mean. Ya, that's it!
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                    • #11
                      I am a Security Officer for a Private College in Minnesota. Wages are decent and go up depending on experience/certifications etc... We are 100% uniformed, are armed with tactical batons and OC Freeze, we have a nice new squad truck with Security labels all over it. Overall we are a very professional force (though there are a few dumb guys). We have a hospital close to us whose security force is crap compared to ours and we deal with less junk. We are also put through decent training including CPR/AED, First Aid, ASP Baton, OC Spray useage. This is my first job I have actually liked, it doesn't seem like work.

                      Only issue with campus security is you deal with a lot of immature students who do not realise the level of training and authority you have. Overall it got me hooked on security and has given me almost 3 years of experience since I started.
                      -Protect and Serve-

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