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    I am pretty new to this forum, so hopefully this is the right area to post in. I turned 50 a couple of months ago and my county has offered everyone eligible to retire a nice incentive, so my last day as a deputy sheriff is tomorrow. (I had 29 years experience, have both BS & MS degrees, and I am a certified emergency manger by both FEMA and the State of MN.) I am looking for suggestions on what opportunities I should start looking at. I have worked off duty over the years at a ski resort, community college, technical college, government center, Target, and Wal-Mart, so I have some idea what security does in various capacities. What are some of the better paying jobs in security? I am anticipating that it is probably government contract security, but I would like to hear from others here. Also, are hiring authorities likely to avoid someone that is already 50 years old?

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    Jim1348,

    Check this company out. http://www.offdutyofficers.com/index.html

    I don't have any experience with this company myself, but it may be worth checking on.
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      Jim,

      1. What do you want to do (protective force work, LP, management)?
      2. Are you willing to relocate?
      3. Do you have management experience (supervising police officers, preparing policy and procedures, etc.)?
      4. Do you have any business management experience?

      #1 is the most important question to answer. If you’re looking for some night watchman type job to supplement your pension, AKAL, Chenega, Alutiiq and WSI all conduct government contract related work. You can go directly to their Websites and check the job postings.

      If you’re looking for a second career, you may want to consider going back to school for a homeland security or security related certificate (supplements your education and lack of security experience). ASIS also offers some industry specific certifications. They require some preparation (purchasing of books, study time, seminars to assist in passing the exam), but may be worth the effort. I’m not a big fan of ASIS, plus my industry doesn’t consider the certifications to be worth much, but it may help you.

      Immediately after 9/11 the market became flooded with “experts” due to the demand for security related services. However, there are truly few experts who have education, experience and knowledge. Get ahead of the game and earn a certification (or two), grab some supervisory experience (with one of the above listed contractors) and supplement your education.

      Good Luck.

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        There are three distinctions between security and law enforcement that you will need to think about:

        1. Security is about business, meaning that security operations are driven by business strategy. In turn, business strategy is always ultimately about "the bottom line". Business-related security drivers (or what you might think of as "objectives") are very different from LE drivers. An appreciation of these drivers during job interviews (and subsequently if you're hired) will stand you in good stead if you're looking for upper-level jobs.

        Two books you might want to look at in addressing this issue are: http://www.amazon.com/Metrics-Method...dp/1856179788/

        and...

        http://www.amazon.com/Security-Metri...dp/0750678992/


        2. LE folks are typically not trained to any extent in the details of physical security systems or the unique issues that are involved with business-related crime such as retail crime, fraud, etc. (Some officers who serve as crime prevention specialists or "white-collar" investigators for their departments do pick up this information, however most "street cops", robbery & homicide detectives, etc. don't get much if any exposure to these things). Again, having some appreciation of these issues will stand you in good stead. In fact, I'd say that you really have to know something about these things.

        In addressing this deficiency, there are a couple of "encyclopedias" (meaning, books comprised of chapters written by subject-matter experts) that would be well worth adding to your library. The great thing about such books is that you can dive into a specific topic without reading the book from cover-to-cover sequentially.

        One is http://www.amazon.com/Retail-Crime-S...dp/0123705290/ - to which, incidentally, our own Curtis Baillie on this forum is a contributor and a great resource for you.

        The other is http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-S...dp/0123708605/ - especially the Physical Security section, but others as well.

        Online training in physical security systems (CCTV, access control, RFID, etc.) is also available. PM me.

        3. In these days of globalized and "virtualized" businesses, security has also become a global endeavor within many organizations. This is quite different from law enforcement, especially American law enforcement, which is highly localized.

        Globalization primarily implies three things:

        a. Understanding foreign security environments.
        b. Executive protection.
        c. Supply chain security.

        Again these are not areas that LE folks typically deal with. If you'll PM me, I'll give you some suggestions.

        I would also suggest that you join ASIS and begin working on achieving the CPP designation. Many local chapters host study sessions to help people pass the exam. In addition, attending chapter meetings will provide you with networking opportunities. On the Internet front, sign up on LinkedIn and request to join the ASIS group. There's no charge for the "Basic" membership.
        Last edited by SecTrainer; 01-02-2011, 09:58 AM.
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