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what should I look out for when joining Protective Services?

This is my first time doing a real job and I am going to be joining Protective Services Trade

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Michael’s Answer

Hi, Annelise! Great Questions! First, do your research (or by observation) and find out where the companies have contracts for protection and then go by and spend a few moments seeing how they interact with the clients/visitors. If they look professional, handle customer service well and seem approachable, introduce yourself and ask about the company.

Job fairs and the like are another good place to discuss the operation of specific companies. One really great opportunity you might not have thought of is speaking with your local National Guard recruiter. Military Police/Protective services career fields are an excellent first start.
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a’s Answer

If you mean law enforcement it can a reliable steady job with steady pay and good benefits and retirement if you make it for the full years required it can be stressful and and interrupt your own time it can be fulfilling if you choose wisely and pick a department you want to work for and are happy in such as done have regular hours and others havevsifys tgst have you switch all the time and then look at if want to get promoted or other things
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Kelly’s Answer

Welcome aboard! I've devoted half my life to this industry, and have spent countless years honing my expertise in security and public safety. There are several key points and considerations I'd like you to be aware of.

Firstly, it's crucial not to mix up the security sector with law enforcement. Although both strive to cultivate safe environments, their approaches and goals can vary. Security usually emphasizes on preemptive actions to avert incidents, whereas law enforcement often deals with reactive responses to events that have already transpired. However, the boundaries between security and law enforcement can become blurred in certain situations, such as within private security companies or community law enforcement initiatives, leading to potential confusion.

Secondly, if you're considering a career in security, I'd advise steering clear of major contractors. My experience over the years has taught me that in-house security teams, due to their intimate knowledge of the organization's infrastructure, policies, and culture, can customize security measures to address the specific needs and challenges of the organization. This results in more effective protection. In-house security teams are usually committed exclusively to the organization they serve, offering constant surveillance and ongoing oversight. This continuous vigilance aids in detecting and responding to security threats more swiftly than relying on infrequent engagements with contractors. They also generally possess a thorough understanding of the organization's systems, processes, and data flows. This knowledge allows them to identify and alleviate risks more effectively, as they are privy to the organization's unique vulnerabilities and threat environment. As a contractor, you might find yourself going in blind, and may not receive the same treatment from the in-house staff.

Other considerations include the integration with the organization's overarching business goals and objectives. This alignment enables them to prioritize security measures in a way that bolsters the organization's mission and strategic direction. As part of the organization's culture, in-house security teams can more readily cultivate a security-conscious culture among the staff. This can result in heightened awareness of security best practices and improved compliance with security policies across the organization.
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