You may not have noticed it, but
security guards are often featured in major news headlines
from around the world.
Whether stopping a shooter in a shopping mall or protecting high profile people at special events (as body guards)…or even just doing a good deed for a local community – security guards are both brave and caring individuals.
Many security guards held former training as military soldiers or law enforcement agents but they just couldn’t allow themselves to slip into retirement and disappear from the daily grind.
It’s true, many security guards are highly intelligent and well-trained individuals. They care about the protection and safety of others and you can hear a lot of great stories when talking to a group of security officers. Chances are that many of them have had a lot of close calls and have been through hair raising experiences.
Armed guards hurting public safety?
Who can be an armed guard? Almost anyone.
A joint CNN and Center for Investigative Reporting probe found armed security guards have lax training standards and haphazard oversight. There’s little scrutiny until something goes wrong. Full story. — They carry a gun, often wear a badge and might look like police officers. But armed security guards, on patrol at all hours throughout the United States, have lax training standards and haphazard oversight.
While a manicurist in California must complete 400 hours of training to be licensed, an armed guard gets authorized after 54 hours, including just 14 hours of firearms training. In 15 states, no firearms training is required at all. And incidents involving armed guards — perhaps accidents or caused by ignorance — can be deadly.
In Nevada, a guard fired his gun into the air outside a rowdy teen dance.
When the bullet came down, it struck and killed a teenage bystander. And in Colorado, which has no statewide training requirements, an armed guard at a high school agreed to drive a student home. When he handed the student his gun to put away, it went off, firing a bullet through the student’s leg. A yearlong investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting found there are no federal training standards for armed guards and no national database of how many shoot or misuse their guns.
If you’re really planning on becoming a security guard,
then put yourself in the place of these two officers and think about how you would handle the situation. Are you strong enough? Do you have the right security equipment? Are you out numbered? Are you using enough force to handle the situation?
You may only get a moment or two to get the upper hand in a situation like this – so be prepared. After watching it – think about what a simple can of pepper spray done for these guys.
Caution: The video below contains profanity, violence and bloodshed – watch it at your own risk. However, sometimes, there’s nothing like a real life scenario to give you a wake-up call.
By Steve Almasy, CNN – Tue November 4, 2014:
Fired CDC security guard says he was unjustly let go after Obama incident.
Story highlights: Fired security guard tells CNN he stuck to his assigned duties, Kenneth Tate only went to take pictures when the detail was over, he says Federal official says CDC asked for Tate to be reassigned, Tate says he carried a handgun that he was given, never took photos of President on elevator.
A former security guard told CNN on Monday that he was unjustly fired after he took pictures of President Barack Obama’s motorcade during a visit to Atlanta in September. Kenneth Tate worked for a private security firm when President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 16. He told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in an exclusive television interview that he stuck to his assigned duties and tried to take photos after he was done escorting President Obama.
Members of Congress were upset when the media reported last month that Tate had a .40-caliber handgun while in an elevator with the President. Read more at: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/03/us/fired-security-guard-cdc-obama/index.html
Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY 5:59 p.m. EST November 11, 2014: Mo. governor:
‘Violence will not be tolerated’ after grand jury ruling.
>> Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he would activate the National Guard to respond to any unrest that erupts after the grand jury delivers its decision in the case of a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. “This is America. People have the right to express views and grievances, but they do not have the right to put fellow citizens and property at risk,” Nixon said Tuesday. “Violence will not be tolerated.”
The grand jury convened Aug. 20 to decide whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson, 28, for the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. Court officials expect the grand jury to announce its decision this month…..
…Police underwent 5,000 hours of training to handle protests, but Nixon declined to give details about how they would respond. “Our dual pillars here are safety and speech,” Nixon said. “The vast majority of people who want to speak want to do so in a peaceful fashion.” ….As the city awaits the grand jury’s decision, protesters, residents and businesses brace for more unrest. Read more at: www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/11/missouri-governor-talks-grand-jury/
Security guard in Houston fatally shoots suspect
/ Posted: September 3, 2014 – 7:20am: ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON — A security guard at a Houston strip mall
has fatally shot a trespassing suspect who also allegedly attacked a police officer in the after-hours incident. Houston police say the suspect died Wednesday at a hospital. His name wasn’t immediately released. Police were dispatched to the strip mall early Wednesday when the guard reported a suspicious man near a closed store and requested help in getting him to leave.
Investigators say the suspect assaulted the officer,
who slipped behind his patrol car and summoned backup. Police say the suspect then tried to attack the security guard, who opened fire. Further details on the officer and the guard weren’t immediately released. Police will conduct an internal investigation since an officer was present during the fatal shooting by the guard. Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-09-03/security-guard-houston-fatally-shoots-suspect
Census Bureau Security Guard Killed in Shooting – Fox News
A U.S. Census Bureau security guard was shot and killed Thursday by a man whom police said kidnapped a woman in a domestic dispute and led officers on a car chase through Maryland and Washington D.C. before being shot and captured.
A spokeswoman for Prince George’s Hospital Center told the Associated Press that the guard, identified as Lawrence Buckner, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told a news conference that Buckner was shot after he approached a car that matched a description of the kidnap suspect’s vehicle. The shooting caused an hours-long lockdown at the Census Bureau campus in Suitland, Md., just outside Washington.
The shooting was not terrorism-related, FBI Baltimore spokeswoman Amy J. Thoreson told the Associated Press in an e-mail, a statement that Lanier confirmed.
WTTG reported that the saga began when the kidnapping was reported at around 5:30 p.m. local time in Northeast D.C. Shortly after, Lanier said Buckner noticed the suspicious vehicle with two people fighting inside.
After shooting the guard, police said the suspect took off, leading authorities on a chase back into the District of Columbia. At one point, Lanier said shots were fired from the suspect’s vehicle at the pursuing officers. Census Bureau employees were ordered stay inside and keep away from windows while officers hunted for the shooter, believing him to still be in the area. Employees were given the all-clear to leave the building at around 9 p.m. local time.
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