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Service, Education, Width and Flexibility – the four pillars of modern security

As President of the Penitentiary School, each new department presents the specific issues that need to be addressed. However, there are always frequent issues that return to each class. One of them always touches on what a modern security expert needs to be aware of in the technological era. In each incoming class and every degree class I have always emphasized four key principles that need to be careful to succeed in the new profession. In this article, we will examine the four parameters and how they affect not only individuals, but security throughout the country. Understanding the increasing use of service, continuation of education, the breadth of demand and the increasing flexibility of the new technological era are four pillars that will create a successful professional and successful security system.


According to college students, we sometimes find it self-evident that the understanding of the world is the same as the professors providing education. This is rarely the case. For nearly a decade in criminal justice programs, more and more young high school graduates have come to the program, aiming at recognizing police officers or public security officials. Over the past two years this process has radically changed. As a result of the economic pressures on states, counties and cities, a reduction in the number of public security personnel is observed due to rising costs. The costs of training and maintaining average police officers have increased by more than 415% since the 1980s, as indicated in the Department of Justice and Labor Statistics. This costly extreme escalation forced the society from public security and private security professionals for economic reasons. Yet, the service that every security professional or organization needs to provide gives a very different report to each group. The police have been designed to protect the population. This is often a very different type of service and remains a very different type of service than the private security professional provided, whose creation and existence is often contractually based on the protection of private assets. Private security is not the same as the people.

The nature of the service changes drastically when we move from the general public to smaller contracted private forces in our society. Students to understand this distinction can often be traumatic to those who would only see the concept of public service to the educational institution. Studying contract law and the complexity involved focuses the student on the differences. The difference between the nature of the two services becomes clear if it is not acceptable. An example has been made recently in Seattle, which has created national headings. Seattle has a public bus system in town. In an establishment where buses turned around, the police did not provide security but a private insurer. On a special evening, a young lady attacked a group of young men. The private insurance company responsible for the facility would have seen the camera does not respond to the distressed person. Public outcry responded to the lack of response and service. After the investigation, it became apparent that the contract that allowed these private security forces in this facility restricted their ability to react to each attack. Their responsibility was to protect property, ie the buses owned by the company to which they contracted. They provided services under the terms of their contract, but not for a social contract that society often expects from public security organizations. This is a new change in understanding that the public has to understand more and more when we have become public security in private security in many areas. Over time, we are balancing these service issues, but it is currently an area that the security professional needs to be aware of and understand better.


Twenty years ago, the average police officer needed only a high school education and needed a well-trained relationship with a local police before they accepted the state-sponsored academy. Likewise, a private tutor must have had the same educational background to be eligible for a program that provided minimal training before carrying a firearm and using a deadly force. Those days have long gone. Today, the modern security expert, the weather in the public sector in the private sector, is growing pressure on the level of advanced education. In the educational institution I teach, we offer a variety of teaching materials annually to teach lessons. Many of these people come from the police and others from private security companies and court systems to both federal and state applicants. The minimum requirement is to teach a course at least in a master's degree in our institution and many other institutions. We see the same tendency in the new graduate companies.

In many segments of the security industry, especially in information systems, the minimum requirement is to enter the company's doorstep. The American Industrial Safety Association, the nation's largest security specialist organization, has played a leading role in setting up higher education requirements for all private companies in the country. Likewise, public security agencies, such as sheriff's departments and police bodies who have been using the degree of staff for a minimum requirement for entry level, have slowly begun to retreat from that position. An associate may hire an entry level job at a police station or a sheriff class but will not support it. In the past decade, as the United States Department of Education, the National Center for Educational Statistics, which holds nationwide education statistics for all national dormitories, criminal justice programs have significantly abandoned the degree programs and the related degrees for the entire initial education for students. This is partly due to the complexity of technology graduates. This will not change in the foreseeable future.


The term "Latitude" is very difficult to explain to students, and it often has the same difficulty for professionals to provide assistance. Latitude is dealing with political intent and is able to move in the current social situations. Security specialists, whether in the public sector or in the private sector, should deal with individuals representing different levels of society. They can meet with the big multinational conglomerate CEO, a politician, or deal with a very sensitive issue for a family. All of them require some degree of breadth or political will. A person skilled in the art should be aware of the political reality of changing situations. They have to be comfortable in a broad range of political situations and have to understand the scope of their choice to solve the problems.


In today's world and tomorrow, security professionals must be the ultimate auxiliary. Many technology systems need to be comfortable and comfortable with these systems. Whether you're dealing with psychological profiles to help them understand their community or the privacy they have, they must be able to cope with an amazing technology. The security professional must have unparalleled flexibility to smoothly and flawlessly move between a large number of systems and use it.

Conclusions: In the future, in changing economic, political, social and technological environments, security professionals need to understand and add to the four basic pillars of success. To be successful, a successful security professional regardless of whether the public or private sector understands the future important and changing nature of the service. Likewise, they will be aware of the growing educational goals and of their own area and adapt to educational goals. Finally, there must be solid grass in the breadth of need, in the political delicacies and in the flexibility that is driven by the technological need in the changing world. If you follow these four pillars, you will succeed and society will be better.

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