Magazine article Security Management

On Guard

Magazine article Security Management

On Guard

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John Hewitt's letter about the use of the term "security guard" ("What's in a Name," June) was right on target. This term loosely used by the media and others over my almost 50 years in the security discipline has always irritated me, especially when applied to higher-level security positions.

For example, for many years, I was vice president/director of loss prevention for Neiman-Marcus. Once, a friend of mine and counterpart with another major retailer in Texas was shot trying to apprehend a thief. When I visited him in the hospital, he was not as concerned with the bullet that just missed his heart as he was with the press coverage of the event. Headlines proclaimed, "Security Guard Shot By Shoplifter." He was at the top of the division, and the news media had him as a "guard."

When Neiman's had special events, the publicity would always identify the security personnel as "store guards" or "security guards." It didn't matter if the security representative was a store detective, the security manager, or perhaps the director. …

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