Onward and Upward

THE UGLY DUCKLING

 

My, my, my! I have not written or posted a single thing on this blog in two years. I have been contemplating deleting this bog seeing how I turned my school project into a marketing arm of the company I previously worked for. Then, as I was going through each piece I have written over the last five years I began to realize that I put a lot of handwork into this and in a way this was the beginning of my career in marketing! How could I delete this?!?!

Instead I took time to read each piece I had written and delete the pieces associated with my former employer. (I sure hope they kept a copy.) Now, this blog will become a documentary of some sorts of what I am building for myself. A life, a family, a whole new company, a new degree. I have always been a motivated person, and I have a drive to make a name for myself. Not one that I bought or was handed to me based on a feeling of entitlement.  Oh and let’s not get me started on people who feel entitled! Goodness, have they ever struggled once in their life? No, everything handed to them… Yuck, I’d rather struggle everyday of my life.

A fair warning to those who have followed my blogging in the past, I am changing things up, this will become way more personal, but if you want to hear about a topic, just let me know.

Anyhow… HUGS and KISSES!

 

 

Use of Force

How does the use of force apply to those in the private security industry? Many working here in the private sector often are not taught the limits of force that they can use when operating as a private agent versus a public servant. There have been guidelines set in the force continuum.  The force continuum has six levels, each progressing with the amount of force one can use when on the job.

The first level of the force continuum is officer presence. The mere presence or visibility of an officer in uniform or vehicle sometimes is enough to deter would be criminals. In the first level of the force continuum gestures should be none threatening.  We often see this first level of force at malls. Here you often see security cars in the parking lot and security roaming the streets of the mall giving a presence of law.

Our second level of force continuum begins with Voice.  One would employ the use of voice when first approaching a subject. In a deep and commanding tone you would give short directives such as, “STOP RIGHT THERE. TURN AROUND. PLACE YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK.” We most often see voice being employed by police, but in the private sector we can still use this level of force.  Often many in the private sector are not trained in the use of voice.

Level three involves control holds and restraints. Control holds are used when one must physically restrain a suspect. Minimal force is to be used using your bare hands to guide, restrain and hold. One should not involve themselves in actual physical confrontation with punch and kicks. At this point one may also use a baton or PR-24, you must remember however that at this level the baton can only be used a self-defense mechanism in blocking someone’s attack on you.  You would likely want to restrain a suspect if they start to become aggressive or if there is a risk of flight. You will want to resist placing the suspect on the ground to handcuff them there is risk of suffocation. Avoid hog tying a suspect.

Level four, chemical agents. Chemical agents are pepper sprays and tear gases. At this point, your lower level of force should have been attempted and should only be used to subdue a violent suspect.  Pepper sprays can briefly stop a suspect but may not fully subdue them. After being sprayed one may become aggravated and increasingly violent so once you have sprayed them you will want to immediately use restraints to control the suspect. In many states you may have to take a course in how use the pepper spray and become licensed to carry it.  You cannot use them to simply protect property or enforce business rules this is a defensive weapon only.

Level five, temporary incapacitation.  At this level in the force continuum, you have used the prior methods and have exhausted them as well as are dealing with a violent suspect and more force is necessary to subdue the suspect until police arrive. You may at this point use non-deadly force.  This includes blows to the body and compression holds. One must be careful when using this level of force, as you do not want to deliver a deadly blow you will want to hit in soft tissue areas versus head or neck blows.  Remember it is best to place a blow to the inner thigh versus a joint where you could break something.

The final level is level six or rather the use of deadly force. Deadly force can only be used when your life is endangered or fear of extreme bodily harm is imminent. Deadly force includes uses hands, impact tools or a firearm. One must be sure that there is no other alternative before using deadly force.

Liability is the next question. When the wrong level of force is applied or used inappropriately who become responsible for this? Is it the employer or the employee? The employee is always 100% responsible for their actions but often an employer can be held responsible under certain circumstances.

As an employer you are responsible to conduct a full criminal history background check,  in a recent case a jury awarded a woman wrongfully detained by a security guard 2.1 million dollars. This security guard attempted to bully and intimidate her while making sexually explicit comments and informing her that he would release her if she gave him sexual favors. The security company failed to conduct a thorough criminal background check. Had they conducted a background check they would have known that he was not a licenses security agent and that he had assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

Not only do you want to conduct a background check on your employees but you will also want to provide training and continual monitoring. If you do have an agent properly trained they could easily misuse the force continuum and without continual monitoring they may become power hungry and believe that can conduct themselves in any manner they please because of their position of trust.

When operating as someone’s personal protection agent you have even more responsibility to not engage a suspect but rather evacuate the client.  Let us say you are hired to protect senior executives wife, and while she is put and about an angry man starts shout at her about her husband and a business deal gone wrong what would you do? Would you engage this individual? No if you were to engage him with any physical force you would likely find yourself without a job, in a lawsuit and your former employer would likely be sued as well. The reason you do want to engage this person is you really do not know their intent and at this point with no weapon drawn you cannot justify using any force beyond voice.

One must remember how they can use force when operating as a personal protection agent or private security officer, or face the consequences.

Post 9/11 2.0

The New GI Bill: Post 9/11 2.0

Both the House and Senate ratified amendments to the Post 9/11 GI Bill on December 16th 2010, it is now awaiting the Presidents signature.

S. 3447 would enable the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to process GI Bill claims in a timely manner. S. 3447, which we have come to call the “New GI Bill 2.0,” is a comprehensive effort to address the concerns of tens of thousands of student veterans and their families by:

• Offering valuable job training for students studying at vocational schools

• Granting National Guardsmen who respond to national disasters full GI Bill credit

• Providing living allowances for veterans in distance learning programs

• Simplifying and expanding the tuition benefit

• Including a book stipend for active duty students

For more information go to IAVA

So what does this mean for Veterans looking to attend a Vocational trade school? If that school is approved for the Montgomery GI Bill you will be able to use your Post 9/11 GI bill benefits there! Here at ESI we are currently approved for the Montgomery GI Bill, so starting August 1st 2011 we will begin accepting the Post 9/11 GI Bill! The details of how you can use your Post 9/11 2.0 GI Bill will be unveiled as soon as we have more information.

A Battle that Never Ends

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For many veterans the transition to civilian life is never-ending. It is a constant battle to return to living a normal life. Some find that they completely disassociate themselves from society, withdrawing from family and friends. Many have nightmares, some sleep with their guns under their pillows, and others just return home and commit suicide.

There is help available, turn to your friends and family, if you find that is not good enough visit your local VA Center. I have enclosed  map with VA locations throughout the United States. You may also call the national toll-free number at 800-874-0888  attempt1

Treatment

Treatment for PTSD generally takes 18-24 months, although some cases may take longer. The first six months of treatment are often “fairly intense” and can include education, group and one-to-one counseling, and medication evaluations. It is the continuity of care, which can be difficult for soldiers being deployed or moved from place to place by the military. A break in care often leads to almost a regression — you’re almost back to where you were before you started counseling. Twin Cities

In Omaha, a new non-government treatment facility At Ease has began to attempt new treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD. The tiny nonprofit treatment center is finding outsize success in treating military-related post-traumatic stress disorder, which increasingly is being recognized in troops and in family members who never stepped into a war zone. At Ease, the brainchild of an Omaha-advertising executive treats stereotypical cases of combat-related PTSD, helping men and women who shot an enemy soldier or survived an IED attack and now sleep fitfully with guns tucked under their pillows. However, the program also reaches out to new kinds of patients who won’t or can’t seek treatment from traditional government programs such as a veteran’s hospital. Omaha.com

High Unemployment Rates Among Veterans

The high unemployment rate is affecting the veteran population. As they return from their tours of duty and return there are little to no job prospects. Lubbock Online

The job market tends to be even tougher on the younger veterans than the other ones.  For all veterans the unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent and for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is 10.6 percent.  The current unemployment rate is 9.6 percent.

Air Force Times

Veterans… The Life After War

I would say as far as transition goes, it was hard because I was use to a rank structure. A structure you dont get in civilian life. And if you try to implement one, then you are too hard. I started going to College after 6 years in the Army. That is how I got into Security. It was the closest thing I could relate too. Then in 2004, I started with BW and majority of everyone was prior service. It was almost like being back in again. Now I am back int he Federal System as a Federal Officer, so it is like coming full circle. . E Bodhi Pea

I served in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman I spent time on both the Blue side and the Green side. I was one of the lucky ones and used my time serving my country getting a education to better my life as a civilian. As anyone who served in the armed forces will tell you is that the transition back into civilian life is more difficult than one would think. Some of us embraced the change and moved on with our lives, some of us struggled to find their place in the civilian sector. Some, like myself turned what they had learned or if you will what they were trained to do into a career. While others served and returned to civilian life with little more than life experience. Either way I believe having served in the armed forces I and all of my brothers and sisters are better people for doing so. Squid

 

Matt Jee
It was a change from a structure I knew how to understand and respond to without drastic action. For example the challenging departure from normal behavior in the military would be what we called “Mandatory Fun” days. (Unit gatherings to celebrate holidays and what-not)

Returning to the non-structured life of the civilian side was a little disconcerting as I had very little in the way of life experience. I could respond to emergencies of; life, limb and extreme danger but knew nothing of getting an apartment, going to school, finding a doctor or dentist. Paying bills and not having a stable income was troubling at first, more so was getting acquainted with receiving care at the local VA clinic.

Putting my troubles aside I had to re-learn how to communicate with non-military personnel and not look for things that were going to explode. I eventually settled on a career path that made the most sense in my known skill sets and abilities. I chose to pursue education in that direction and gained education tuition support and graduated with Honors as a Certified Protection Specialist from one of the three professional academies in the US.

The future isn’t an unknown and insurmountable obstacle as it once seemed when I got out. It’s not easy or pretty but hard work and effort, the things I had no experience in became just another bump in the road. Matt