Wednesday Blog – Post Security – The highly trained and extremely efficient security behind the World of Entopia.
Good morning, WOE Friends,
This week’s interview is with Scott, the Director of the highly prized WOE Post Security. I met Scott several months ago, with the urging of Steven C. He wanted us to let the world know how different security can be, especially from a guests point of view.
I hope you enjoy it!
“Hi, Scott. It’s nice to meet you. Please tell me about your job title and how you got here.”
“Hi, Peter. It’s nice to meet you as well. I am the Director of the WOE Post Security. We handle all security from the guests, employees, entertainers, and all satellite locations. From the time you log in to your WOE account at home, until the time you leave here, you are protected by us.
We have over two hundred staff, many of them work behind closed doors or undercover. Our responsibility is to keep everyone safe. If there are no incidents, then we are doing our job.
Unlike entertainment that needs to be heard and seen, ours is the opposite. Most of what we do is behind the scenes. You may not see us, but we see you.
I started as a city cop patrolling the streets. I would work mostly by myself and had my own car. I wasn’t a big fan of always being by myself, because the two calls officers don’t like are domestic and pulling cars over. There were many times I wanted to pull a car over but was hesitant because of the danger. You don’t always want to call for backup just for a routine check or traffic violation.
If you had two cops together, it would make each call so much safer. Even with a domestic violence call, with just two cars on the scene, you would have four officers. Much quicker and safer than waiting for three or four police cars to arrive.”
“Why don’t they have two officers per car,” I asked.
“Because they want to take their car home with them. They consider it part of their pay package.”
“Wouldn’t the highway patrolmen be safer if they had two to a car as well?”
“Absolutely. But they are usually understaffed and want to cover more ground. The pay is usually the biggest factor in not having two per car on the highways. Plus, it’s easier for cops working on their own to go rogue and then it’s their word against the driver or suspect.”
“How long did you do that for and what did you do next?”
I was a patrolman for three years, then quickly moved through the ranks as I earned my master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. After ten years, I left as the Patrol Commander. I made significant changes to the patrol division and brought crime down, and officer-involved shootings to zero. Officers went home to their families.
There were some ruffled feathers along the way, as well. But a change of culture was needed. There was no more ‘No nark policy’ for officers who crossed the line. They recognized that cops are human and can make mistakes. But mistakes should be handled accordingly, and not just swept under the carpet.”
“Did you have to get rid of a few cops along the way?”
“Yes. I weeded out about 30% over the years. Many of them were in the profession for the wrong reason, and I convinced them to look for another career. Many cops want to do the right thing and help protect others. But you need to get rid of the ones who are not there for the right reason. They can spoil the force and morale and cause distrust among the citizens.
After I left, I went into the FBI for ten years, then the Secret Service. I was also a private consultant to the C.I.A. After 30-years, I have been around and know what works and what doesn’t.”
“How did you get here?”
“I was working a security convention, advertising my consulting company when Steven C. approached me. He asked me many questions about security and my security business. After about 15-minutes, he asked if I could meet him after the show for dinner. I said yes, and we did meet down the road at a casual dining restaurant.
We talked for about an hour. He asked me more questions, and then he told me about the World of Entopia, which was just about to start being built. He said to me he was looking for someone like me to run the security, at all levels.
I told him of my disgust for what I see in the security industry, both with the government and state and local. He asked me how I would correct many of their flaws, and I told him.
He then made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
“Sounds like something the mob would say,” I said jokingly.
“What was the offer?”
“He would let me run everything, the way I wanted to run it. My family and I would get a home, free education for my kids, and free healthcare, retirement, and so much more.”
“Obviously, you took it, because you’re here. How has it been?”
“Absolutely amazing. I get to wake up each day knowing we are making a difference in people's lives. That we provide peace of mind and protect the innocent. What more can you ask for?”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,