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The Security Guard Profession

blog-2Security is an industry that will never go away. With all the potential threats in today’s society, more and more businesses are in need of help to protect their property, assets, and people. However, it is a profession that is not addressed often enough.

Almost every form of business utilizes security, and the duties of a security guard can vary drastically depending on the employer and assignments. It is for this reason, hiring the right guard for the right position is critical to the success of the security provider and the security professional.

Over the course of my fourteen-year career in security, it has been rewarding to work with so many interesting and talented people. Some for only a few years while pursuing their education for another profession. About 7 years ago, a security guard I worked with got accepted into dentistry school. He worked with us for three years to make ends meet, and every free moment he would be studying. When I found out he got in, I was so proud of him. I was pleased that we were able to provide him with a schedule and site that would work for him. I find there are many reasons why people apply to become a security guard. However, these seem to be the most popular:

  • Immigrants trying to find stability in Canada
  • Ambition to get into law enforcement
  • Stop gap measure while pursuing their aspiring career
  • Employees choosing security as their profession

As a manager, it is so important to understand the goals of our employees and place them in positions where they will succeed. It is so gratifying employing security professionals that stay employed at ASAP as their chosen career. However, it is just as rewarding seeing our security personnel pursue their dreams whether it is in law enforcement or another industry.

blog-1I read an article from the Toronto Star last week that sparked my attention. The article was about an immigrant that came to Canada and worked as a security guard while pursuing his career. I found his story inspiring. He was working as concierge security in a condominium while taking courses to as a journalist/writer. Mayank Bhatt eventually wrote a book titled ‘Belief’, and it is now available at Indigo. I went out of my way to buy this book, as I wanted to support this former security guard.

Getting to know the people that work on the field is such a gratifying part of my career.

 

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Diversity and Inclusion in Security

When the Pride Parade was going on in Ontario earlier this summer, my children were listening to the radio and asked why some people were celebrating, and why others were protesting. My son’s comment was, “we live in Canada; it is our right to be whom we want to be, as good citizens”. He still seemed puzzled; even after I explained the challenges faced by minority groups, and the inequalities that we unfortunately still have in our society. In his young mind, he could not believe that this happens right here in Toronto, in a country he believed was without prejudice. The only way I could help him understand was to relate this situation to bullying, and how people must come together to shift the power that creates opportunities for bullying and inequity.sdf

This conversation caused me to reflect on inequalities around me, and my role in speaking up for diversity and inclusiveness. I have been in the security industry since 2002, where some elements of diversity are so advanced compared to many other industries. However, women in the security industry continue to be underrepresented. Statistics show that women just don’t apply for security positions.

The good news is that our customers are asking the right questions. I have had many requests for proposals that have asked for responses to diversity, female ownership, and disability and Aboriginal involvement. Unfortunately, it is not enough. I am reminded of that as I look around after 14 years in the industry, and see that women are still vastly underrepresented in this industry.

Although there is no easy answer, we now have the momentum of the voices around us, and the inspiration from events like the Pride Parade. I am committed to doing my part to keep this subject on the table, and to support diversity in our industry.

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