The Security Week That Was: May 11, 2007

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

In the SIW Forums
The link between security officers and law enforcement

A very non-scientific (yet still statistically interesting) poll conducted in the SIW forums asked about the link between security guards and law enforcement. The responses are still growing, but as of now, some 28% have current or former affiliation with law enforcement and 40% are using private security details as a way to get into law enforcement careers. We're also closely interested in a ongoing thread about "integrity shops" in retail loss prevention. In sum, these are tests of an employee's honesty that are used sometimes to gauge the overall internal theft problem of a retailer. What's good about this discussion: It's a wide-open debate about how and when to use an "integrity shop" and how to do them the right way (and the wrong way).