Security Guards can get a bad rap. Derogatory terms like "rent-a-cop" give the impression of a frustrated, would-be policeman who couldn't make the cut.
But this profession is filled with serious practitioners who work to make our lives more secure.
My most pleasant encounter with a security guard came at the Department of Motor Vehicles. On this day, no one there was quite sure how to process my particular request, so I was getting shuffled from one person to the next. Finally, one of the DMV employees motioned for security. Over sauntered a heavily-muscled armed guard.
Yikes. I hadn't gotten irate with anyone, so I wasn't sure why they wanted to bounce me out of the building.
To my surprise, though, they calmly explained my predicament. He took me over to the appropriate desk, and even identified the form I needed to fill out. A sharp guy, as well as a great deterrent to potential trouble-makers.
A good security guard can save your life, your business, and get you through a DMV line faster. So don't let me hear you say "rent-a-cop" again.
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