Saturday, August 6, 2016
TALES FROM A SECURITY OFFICER
Those who know me say I am a good person with a heart of compassion for the job. Those who do not wish they did. These are my stories from the city of sin.
After living in Las Vegas, Nevada for the past 3 and half years (13 now), I think I have read every little piece of free, and paid for literature this town has to offer. Each one has something to say about casinos, hotels, office buildings, and workers in casinos; mainly Hospitality. I have yet to see any article or subject matter speaking on the most important, yet least favorite, least appreciated, underpaid, and overwork employees in hospitality; Security Officers. There is nothing. Zilch. Nada. Zero.
If you ask anyone, they will say the same thing, nobody talks about the Security Officers around this town. In addition, to think, everywhere you turn there is a Security Officer standing at his/her post somewhere in Las Vegas and the whole of Clark County. Face it, Security Officers are everywhere in this town, so why people won't pay them a decent livable wage. With that in mind, working in Security, is slightly similar to real Law enforcement, it is one of the recession proof jobs in Las Vegas even though your bosses do not want to pay you a real salary. Nobody appreciates, nor respect, a Security Officer; yet, we have to learn so much about being one. The training is non stop; CPR, First Aid, Radio transmissions, Dispatching, Firearms, Handcuffs, Evacuation, and the worst of all Customer Service. All in a days shift. Amazing isn't it? (You don't care), I bet the only thing you have to know at your job is how to count money and where the bathroom is. To have so much responsibility and to get starting pay at the lowest of minimum wage at most companies. If you are an Armed Officer, then you can expect a little bit more on the pay scale (any tactical training is usually out of your own pocket). This reminded me that the hardest working people in your neighborhood gets the crappiest and lowest pay of everyone around you, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Bus drivers, and Maintenance crews.
Back to Security, one thing I truly noticed about being employed as a Security Officer at one of the Strip s most luxurious hotel/casino. People from all lifestyles treat you as if they just step in 3-day-old pig manure. NO RESPECT whatsoever. You get more comments on why you have this job, than, thank you's. When something happens, who they call first? It damn sure is not Ghostbusters, its Security. With my belief of how bad the people around here are, I believe if a person could getaway with spitting in the face of a Security Officer, they will do it. If the Security Officer responds by kicking the ass of said person, he/she would be fired with no support from the desk of upper management. If that happens to me, I will beat the ever-loving shit out of you. Then, beat the shit out of upper management with a lawyer who has five syllables in his name.
Another thing that is also is hard to believe is when you apply for a Security position, or even a Bus driver, you go through a thorough three-month federal and state background check. This involves the FBI checking on you, all that personal, secret information for all of them to see so that you can work for a $9.00 an hour position. Fascinating, isn't it? Just stop for a moment and think about the job you have and how they bypass a majority of background checking so you can get to work as soon as possible. You may ask yourself, Why people become Security Officers? Every Security Officer with a decent sense of right and wrong, and common sense know this is an excellent start to filling out your resume, if you plan to pursue a Law Enforcement or Legal career. Treat it like a small stepping-stone to something you plan for bigger in your life. Most young people, a Security position is a great way to get a start on Criminal Justice, Forensics, or any other type of Law profession. Nobody thinks that this type of work looks good on your resume, and it can help a great deal when in school, any Security position. All of them require that you learn certain rules and regulations for your assign posts. That alone can help you when learning the laws in your state or town you live in.
Not leaving the older generation out of the loop, older people are applying for Security jobs for the extra support of income because they damn well are not able to do anything else. When the shit hits the fan. For most, no matter if you have enough money after retirement to not work anymore. You can still get extremely bored sitting around the house all day. I know that some elders who do not have to work anymore, instead, they choose to. (Even if they really should stay home away from other people). That is something else about a Security job, it has longevity. True longevity. In most cases, all you have to do is keep your eyes open and be able to talk on a radio. In addition, if there are no complications while employed, you can be with the company for a long time while complimenting that monthly pension and Social Security.
Let us face it; there is no use in retiring nowadays with this economy. From the way today s young people look and sound, I am afraid of giving up any position I may hold for them to take over in the future. That is all for now, I will have more stories from other Officers from across this town for you to squirm at.