A career in security or law enforcement?

I like being in security, yet the pay at my current job sucks. Yet I know there are better paying jobs (I am currently trying to find work in the casinos.) and things that are more interesting then just doing watch and patrols. So what could I do to further my career in security or just maybe in law enforcement? What career paths and options would I have? Many places offer a bonus if a person is able to understand more then one language and is EMT qualified and trained. I know in security there is of course security guard, however there is the option of bounty hunter, bail bonds, body guard, electronic surveillance, computer security, private investigator and also the option of joining a Private Military Company such as Blackwater. What other options and ideas are there? Any advice on how to get into the options I listed? Before anyone says anything, yes I do have a military back round of three years. I know in law enforcement I have the options of a regular police officer. Not to mention the good pay, it would offer authority as well. The other thing is I would want to go into either undercover work or as internal affairs. Ideas and advice for this also please? I was honorably discharged and I do happen to have a class A license. I know I said either undercover or internal affairs, however I am not overlooking other careers in law enforcement to get my foot in the door. As for those wondering my motivation, it is a list of things. The first one is because it pays more and from what I understand with various police officers, it is similar only with some MAJOR differences, so if I can do security work, I think I can handle and even do well as a police officer. I do not stay in a career field if I know I cannot do my job well. I believe in this I can. The other reason is I want to help out my fellow man.

Asked By: PeguinBackPacker - 9/1/2007
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I worked security briefly. And I can tell you, there is a vast difference between security and law enforcement. I was bored out of my mind doing security. All I did was walk around three buildings in downtown Kansas City all night, listening to my ipod and looking at the stuff people had on their desks... More
Answered By: Kenneth C - 9/1/2007
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I know that in CA there are many jobs and they look for people with a military background (as long as you have an honorable discharge I would imagine). to be a police officer or sheriff you would go through an academy for maybe three or four months. It's great to be employed by a city, county, or state in CA as far... More
Answered By: Audrey - 9/1/2007
Try the Border Patrol, they are hiring right now and start you off at $32,000.
Answered By: JOHNNY D - 9/1/2007
If you don't have one already, get a handgun carry permit... security guards with permits get paid more... also, look into getting a Class A driver license, which would let you drive armored cars... you could also look into doing security work overseas, I hear that guards in Iraq get paid very well...
Answered By: shroomigator - 9/1/2007
Do whats in your heart. If you want to be a public servant and make a difference in your city/town/ state/ country....then being a Police Officer can be very rewarding. If helping people is your main motivation.....Police. I'm a Police Veteran now of 20 years and I regret nothing and wouldn't have made a change.
Answered By: Chris Ralston - 9/1/2007
When you get into law enforcement you have to convince your higher ups that you are worth the money, effort, and, most importantly, trust to move into other areas of expertise... More
Answered By: Charlie Fingers - 9/1/2007
I suggest that you go back to school and train for a real job - something that's respectable.
Answered By: butch - 9/1/2007
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