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How did you get your start doing security guard work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

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JF Security Supervisor

95 months ago

Dear S/O Don't worry about were
you go for a security job all
security companys train you
for that job big or small as long
as you have security background
you will not have any problems.
P.S if you would like to go higher up in security take a
course in private security that
will help highly in any security
job you go for.Don't worry if
a security company thinks your
worried about doing security
work take it from me you will
not get a security job anywere.
J.F.Security Supervisor

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Josephine in Houston, Texas

95 months ago

Thank You since I'm new at this location how or where would I go to get higher in security courses. I don't think there are any schools around this area.

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JF Security Supervisor

95 months ago

Don't worry about that you can
find all security course'S right
online if you would like send
me your e-mail address and i will
send you a list of online security course these alot of them.
P.S you want a security job a good one i will tell you the Do's
and Don'ts in the security field.
GOOD LUCK

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JF Security Supervisor

95 months ago

YOU don't need any background
for security all company's train
you for that job.Before i got into security i took a course in
private security,Been in field
for 14 yrs became a patrol road
supervisor in less then a year
after that got of road patrols and went to site supervisor.
Supervisd six security officers.
There are alot of good security
course's out there,You can get a
great security job with a Criminal Justice backgound.
There are also security course's
you can find right online,Like
The National Crime Prevention
Institute,The NATIONAL LAW ENFOREMENT INSTITUTE,SEARCH GROUP,
INC.SOUTHWESTERN LAW ENFOREMENT
INSTITUTE.and many more if you
would like mailing addresses for
these places put in the forum and i'll send them to you.
GOOD LUCK
JF SECURITY SUPERVISOR
P.S IN SOME STATES SECURITY IS
PART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.SO IT'S
ALL WAY'S GREAT TO HAVE SOME
LAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION.

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J. Marshall in Prosper, Texas

93 months ago

Anyone with any information, please forward to me a list of online Security Guard Classes.

Thanks,

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Maureen

92 months ago

I need info on when and where security guards started.My daughter is doing a report on it,and we can`t find this infomation.Thank you in advance.Maureen

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JF Security Supervisor

92 months ago

Dear Maureen
Please send e-mail address to mypet4@yahoo.
com i have the history of security.when and
where it started.

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dave in Palmer, Alaska

91 months ago

I live in Alaska and unfortionetly I have to move just to even apply to become a security guard. They refuse to hire you up here without experiance. I dont have any skills as a security guard but am working on an associates for criminal justice. Is there anything I can do to make myself a more favorable canidate to employers?

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Kyle Grayson in Dallesport, Washington

91 months ago

Is there any Security/Bouncing jobs in Washington or Oregon?If so does anyone know what those jobs are like?

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JF Security Supervisor

91 months ago

A GREAT START WOULD BE A COURSE IN CRIMINAL
JUSTICE,OR GO TO THE SITE IHIRESECURITY.COM
YOU COULD FIND SOME THERE OR CHECKOUT
THE SECURITY COURSE'S I PUT IN THE FORUM
UNDER JF SECURITY SUPERVISOR I HAVE MORE IF
YOU WANT THEM.

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Butch in White Rock, British Columbia

88 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing security guard work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?


Security is an interesting and ever changing field
that requires only perseverance to get ahead. Try the want ads in your city and get yourself atarted.

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Mike Evans in Aquebogue, New York

88 months ago

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Mike in Anchorage, Alaska

85 months ago

I've been security for 8 years and running, I am currently an Armed officer in a State building, I like it, its steady pay and good hours, I left the security field and tried manual labor...well thats not for me. There are company's that will hire you with and knowledge of the field. Don't give up and keep trying.

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Mike in Anchorage, Alaska

85 months ago

I ment to say there are companys that will hire you with out experience.

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Trent Miller in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania

85 months ago

Our Security Officers come with a varied amount of backgrounds and training, but keeping yourself clean as far as the law is concerned and being drug free are of upmost importance.

www.legionsecurityservice.com/

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DOORMAN

83 months ago

PORTLAND OREGON HAS NIGHT CLUBS AND TITTY BARS,SEATTLE HAS THE PIONEER SQUARE,ITS 10 CLUBS ONE PRICE AND MIXED VENUES,ROCK,HIPHOP,TECHNO,TOP 40,AND SEVERAL LOUNGES AND MARTINI BARS AS WELL AS SPORTS BARS,GREAT TIME

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Pearl in Toronto, Ontario

82 months ago

I am now working in Canada, but originally from Philippines and i would like to know, how can i start to become a security guard? do i need to take some courses about the security before i can apply as a security guard, if so, what courses do i need to take? Thanks.

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JF Security Supervisor

82 months ago

A GREAT START WOULD BE A COURSE IN CRIMINAL
JUSTICE,OR GO TO THE SITE IHIRESECURITY.COM
YOU COULD FIND SOMETHING THERE OR CHECKOUT
THE SECURITY COURSE'S I PUT IN THE FORUM
UNDER JF SECURITY SUPERVISOR I HAVE MORE IF
YOU WANT THEM.YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK THE
CANADIAN LAWS SECURITY LAWS ARE DIFFERENT
IN CANADA

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Pearl in Toronto, Ontario

82 months ago

Wow! Thanks for your great attention to my letter. I appreciate it. Thanks.

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New Guy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

81 months ago

My previous job was in a bank we were always doing security procedures, we only has guards during Christmas, lol
Now I am going to take a class this week it is a 2 day class, and then a 100 question test, this apparently gives me the right to go down to the city and I will be certified to be a security guard. this class cost $80 and they help with job placement does this sound like a normal and goos start in security?
Also What are normal salaries? what advancement opportunities are there and how quickly can one advance?

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Sue Sellers in Pensacola, Florida

81 months ago

JF Security Supervisor said: Don't worry about that you can
find all security course'S right
online if you would like send
me your e-mail address and i will
send you a list of online security course these alot of them.
P.S you want a security job a good one i will tell you the Do's
and Don'ts in the security field.
GOOD LUCK

Wonder if my company will allow me to take online course to get Class D security license. Also, if I'm allowed to do this what is the charge for an online course or is there a charge (any other info you can give me on geting Class D security class is very much appreciated).

Thanks,

Susan

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JF Security Supervisor

81 months ago

Going for your class D security lic no problems some security company's
will allow it but they would tell you to take a class offline but the best
class to get into is Criminal Justice you can go a long way with that
online criminal justice is ok but you would get more out of the class
at a school offline.
Good Luck
JF Security Supervisor

P.S If you would like some names of schools let me know leave state were you
are from and i will check and send you the names in your state.

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Mike Turner in North Las Vegas, Nevada

81 months ago

As a Assistant Director of Security in Las Vegas, I recommend all the new Officers I hire even if they have experience read the book, "Observe and Report", Behind the Scenes with Security. This book allows officers to see what can happen on the job in the words of actual officers. It also is a great book to understand how you really move up in this career field. Recently, I found out that this book is becoming required reading for some Criminal Justice courses on the East Coast. It costs less than taking a course only to find out you really don't want to be in Security. Worth the money and more.

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New Guy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

80 months ago

JF Security Supervisor said: Going for your class D security lic no problems some security company's
will allow it but they would tell you to take a class offline but the best
class to get into is Criminal Justice you can go a long way with that
online criminal justice is ok but you would get more out of the class
at a school offline.
Good Luck
JF Security Supervisor

P.S If you would like some names of schools let me know leave state were you
are from and i will check and send you the names in your state.

Hey do you maybe have AIM or yahoo messenger that we could talk? I live in South FL, Like fort Lauderdale area I would like info on where to take criminal Justice courses... Also on what the average hourly pay is for armed and unarmed security in my area... And any advice like does and donts Plus how to get promoted and what opportunities there are to move up?

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JF Security Supervisor

80 months ago

New Guy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: Hey do you maybe have AIM or yahoo messenger that we could talk? I live in South FL, Like fort Lauderdale area I would like info on where to take criminal Justice courses... Also on what the average hourly pay is for armed and unarmed security in my area... And any advice like does and donts Plus how to get promoted and what opportunities there are to move up?

Dear New Guy Fort Lauderdale,FL
Yes i have Yahoo messenger i'll get back to you no later then Monday.
JF Security Security

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garcia in Los Angeles, California

80 months ago

i would love to work as security guard. what do i need to get start?

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New Guy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

80 months ago

JF Security Supervisor said: Dear New Guy Fort Lauderdale,FL
Yes i have Yahoo messenger i'll get back to you no later then Monday.
JF Security Security

Hey maybe you forgot but monday came and passed, will be monday again tomorrow... do you have that info for me?

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JF Security Supervisor

80 months ago

Sorry new guy needed to research for updated information
need your username to much information to put on forum
you can also join the web site www.iHiresecurity.com they are great for
finding security jobs in you area.Please let me know
P.S. Do you have a scanner.

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JF Security Supervisor

80 months ago

New Guy in Fort Lauderdale,FL
You can send to one or two of these places for information

Institute of police techology management
at 567 St John's bluff Rd
South Jacksonville FL 32216

OR
National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute
PO box 1715
Safety Harbor FL 34695
these's are for CJ classes
let me know what you are going to do
I have the Does and don'ts you wanted
Don't forget www.iHire security .com

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JF Security Supervisor

80 months ago

New Guy in Fort Lauderdale,FL
Here is something great you can try

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with CPP Certification
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The CPP demonstrates broad expertise in all areas of security,
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to a career in Private Security.
CPP certification builds credibility and increases job security.
The credential is security's highest achievement and CPP certified
security professionals can be found throughout the world.The CPP has been recognized as the standard of competence in security management for more than 30 years
Lean more about this at www.asisonline.org/certification/CPP
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Jessica in Phoenix, Arizona

79 months ago

JF Security Supervisor said: Dear Maureen
Please send e-mail address to mypet4@yahoo.
com i have the history of security.when and
where it started.

Can you tell me how it started, I'm thinking of opening up a security business. Thanks,
Jessica

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shareece lucas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

79 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing security guard work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

Do i need a valid drivers license?

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Scott in Hialeah, Florida

78 months ago

No you do really? Most companies want it but it's not a requirement. If you choose to be a D license guard, your looking at around 8 to 10 per hour with usually no benefits depending on the company.

Most security companies are contract agencies (AlliedBarton, Wackehunt) they pay low but they always hire new people.

Just get your license in class D to start.

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Sharon R. in Seneca, SC in Simpsonville, South Carolina

78 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing security guard work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

I just went to the local employment office for the state and filled out a complete resume online free then looked at 3 counties' books listing all jobs then went to the field of law enforcement and then security, loss prevention and other and looked at the job listings there. They sent me to one job for an interview and the mgr. of the security company in that county called me at home then called my cell phone. You usually have to have a home telephone and one cell phone number that is in your name only to get a security job. You need at least two references.Everything was verified I put on my online resume and also I have one at Monster, hotjobs, indeed.com and beyond.com. That helps along with the major CareerBuilder.com I think the url is called.The other job I appled to was sent my resume free from the employment office without me paying postage for it. That company never contacted me at all. Then I found out the mgr. of that other county office had moved to the city to the other company which called me so I met him actually at that office when I was hired. He had switched employers.

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Sharon R. in Seneca, SC in Simpsonville, South Carolina

78 months ago

J. Marshall in Prosper, Texas said: Anyone with any information, please forward to me a list of online Security Guard Classes.

Thanks,

Security classes leading to a degree in Criminal Justice are now available at most technical colleges like they are here in the next county from me.

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Sharon R. in Seneca, SC in Simpsonville, South Carolina

78 months ago

Butch in White Rock, British Columbia said: Security is an interesting and ever changing field
that requires only perseverance to get ahead. Try the want ads in your city and get yourself atarted.

I had a G.E.D., not a high school regular diploma and I had taken a few Criminal Justice courses at the local technical college. Then I had worked for 3 years at the big 4-yr. college doing security after working almost one year for Wells Fargo before they were bought by Burns International which also owns Pinkerton. I had a choice of being laid off when they bought those two or continuing on as a Pinkerton guard. I did not wish to do that so I just went to educational security which I came to love actually. Those references got me industrial security work later one. I would like to be a supervisor now and I am over 50 so I have had an application online at several places looking for a certain type of security position since January even though I was employed by a firm at that time.

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Sharon R. in Seneca, SC in Simpsonville, South Carolina

78 months ago

Maureen said: I need info on when and where security guards started.My daughter is doing a report on it,and we can`t find this infomation.Thank you in advance.Maureen

Maureen, I hope my info is helpful to your daughter. I was in the U.S. Army then I did regular maintenance and outside sales door to door for awhile then met a guard who told me where to apply at an industrial plant. I applied there and they told me they PREFERRED former military service personel so they hired me with Wells Fargo. That major company was bought by a larger global company and then I went from W.F. to college educational security just by applying on campus to the Security office usually located in a student on campus apartment complex main building. I was hired there and did college security at a very small salary(the companies have to bid to get the security contract)for 3 years and the company got replaced by one I had worked for doing maintenance so I sought a position at the employment office with a different company and they sent me to that office in the next county where I was hired based on two references from females(one works for the Dept. of Justice FBI--semi-retired)and my years of experience in educational security. During my working time for one company I saw the operations mgr. leave and was replaced for an Army Specialist. Sometimes military personel who are serving with the Reserves are also with security company upper management. There were several prior service male guards at the big college where I worked and only one other female prior service who had been in the Air Force. I do not recomment joining the military at this time. My friends in the Army Reserve left because they found out they would be sent to Iraq. Just do a complete online resume at major places like HotJobs.com and they will make your resume available to any employer who wants to see it. They also keep a log of how many hits employers make to your online resumer which was helpful to me

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Sharon R. in Seneca, SC in Simpsonville, South Carolina

78 months ago

dave in Palmer, Alaska said: I live in Alaska and unfortionetly I have to move just to even apply to become a security guard. They refuse to hire you up here without experiance. I dont have any skills as a security guard but am working on an associates for criminal justice. Is there anything I can do to make myself a more favorable canidate to employers?

My advice is to get that Associate Degree in Criminal Justice because they gives you an increase in rank usually as an armed or unarmed guard going security. I have taken several courses in that at the local tech. college even though I am seeking a different degree there. I almost have that degree. I have worked the past year in security and another guard there over me is seeking her degree in the same thing you are seeking yours. Employers look for college degrees to hire supervisors mostly and management. A guard does not ever need a college degree of any kind but sometimes experience of at least one year doing security of any type(retail, loss prevention, educational or industrial). Prior military service backgrounds help one get a security job, also.

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david in Alta, Iowa

76 months ago

be aware that if you make the choice into being certified through ASIS as a CPP, PSS, or whatever, it's going to cost some money. It is well worth it, but the cost of the testing for non-members and in over $500.

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Okezie Onwuchekwa in Bay City, Texas

73 months ago

There are also security course's
you can find right online,Like
The National Crime Prevention
Institute,The NATIONAL LAW ENFOREMENT INSTITUTE,SEARCH GROUP,
INC.SOUTHWESTERN LAW ENFOREMENT
INSTITUTE.and many more if you
would like mailing addresses for
these places put in the forum and i'll send them to you.
GOOD LUCK
JF SECURITY SUPERVISOR
P.S IN SOME STATES SECURITY IS
PART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.SO IT'S
ALL WAY'S GREAT TO HAVE SOME
LAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION.
Do you train and find jobs for your student?if so I will like so I
need more information.

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Amackey in Tallahassee, Florida

73 months ago

i am opening up aschool in jan or feb adaglobal institute

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Amackey in Tallahassee, Florida

73 months ago

JF Security Supervisor said: Don't worry about that you can
find all security course'S right
online if you would like send
me your e-mail address and i will
send you a list of online security course these alot of them.
P.S you want a security job a good one i will tell you the Do's
and Don'ts in the security field.
GOOD LUCK

email me alist macsdream@hotmail.com online courses

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Jim in Lake Worth, Florida

73 months ago

Josephine in Houston, Texas said: i started working as a security guard for celanese in Bishop and I ahve now moved to bay city and am looking for more of a security job because I liked what I was doing over there but the thing is that it's not as hard as this big places because it's a small community. I'm for some reson scared to even make applications for security at some places because what if they are harder or different from the things that I know. Should i be worried? i don't know what to do really...

Sounds like you should look for something else to do. In the Security field, there are professionals like myself who are trying to raise the standards in security, which in turn will raise the pay. In many places, security officers have limited to full Law Enforcement Authority, depending on the state, their training, and the account.

Other places, security is in high risk, high crime areas. If you are afraid to take the challenge of the position, and improve your skills because you think it will be too hard. Please, for your safety and our, find a new job.

Thank You

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Jim in Lake Worth, Florida

73 months ago

Sue Sellers in Pensacola, Florida said: Wonder if my company will allow me to take online course to get Class D security license. Also, if I'm allowed to do this what is the charge for an online course or is there a charge (any other info you can give me on geting Class D security class is very much appreciated).

Thanks,

Susan

In the state of Florida, you can not take the course on Line, You must attend the 40 hours of training, If you want your G, that is another 28 hours, plus range time.

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Edward in Seneca, South Carolina

72 months ago

I was particularlty interested in Sharon R. of SC's comments. I am new to SC after living in Connecticut and working in security for 4+ years. I find things a lot different as far as security goes in SC compared to CT. Back in New England, I could get all the security jobs I wanted, even working double shifts if I wanted to. While the money wasn't great, most companies usually paid between $10 and $12 an hour. I've worked in corporate environments, at ESPN, a major museum, etc. for Securitas, Guardsmark and some in-house firms. When I relocated to SC, I assumed the jobs would be plentiful and the money nearly comparable to CT. Unfortunately, so far things haven't been as I expected here. While the economy is sluggish now, I still expected more opportunities than I'm finding now in SC. Furthermore, the pay scale is pitiful with some hourly rates as low as $6.55. Pay rates in other fields are also lower than in CT but food and clothing are basically the same price as back east. I like security work but right now I am quite disappointed by the lack of decent jobs available here.

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Pheonix_anime in Alameda, California

44 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing security guard work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

you need a GED or high school diploma

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Texan-creek in Pearland, Texas

28 months ago

Hey JF Security Supervisor,

I admire your knowledge about all the security schools and sites. So i think it'll be alot easier if i just asked you, i want to become a security officer in houston,tx. i'm looking up a few schools like Top Gun and some guy named Stan. what do you recommend for someone with no experience and how to get started? Thanks in advance. i really appreciate any info or guidance.

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Frank Gillen in Huntington Beach, California

23 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing security guard work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

Iam sarting out in the Security Field i have had a guard card for a long time and renewed it
The security company said i need 40 hours of training so i took the powers to arrest all over again and iam studying a hand book the ladie at the enforcement trainer school said i could make a living doing that i dont know if she is just telling me this because she is running a business but iam glad i decided in doing that the information is very interestin please email at hvac001@live.com i would like to get your input as well i went to trades schools but had a hard time finding a career would like to know your insite on it

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Not So Sure in Pompano Beach, Florida

22 months ago

JF Security Supervisor said: Don't worry about that you can
find all security course'S right
online if you would like send
me your e-mail address and i will
send you a list of online security course these alot of them.
P.S you want a security job a good one i will tell you the Do's
and Don'ts in the security field.
GOOD LUCK

I'm 65 in reasonably good shape and have a concealed carry permit. I would like to get a job in armed security in the Fort Lauderdale, FL. area but need training. I was 6yrs. in the National Guard, of course many years ago but I keep active at the range. I was wondering if there any local companies that will train you for these positions. Most require past experience which I had while in the service, but other than that, how do you get experience if they won't hire you without it?

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