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The First Points Of Contact

Whether you’re on your way to practice on the football field, coming in late to school, or even on your way out of CB, they’re always there to greet you. And while all of CB is on campus, attending to studies or working with the faculty, they’re still right outside, ensuring our safety. But who […]

Whether you’re on your way to practice on the football field, coming in late to school, or even on your way out of CB, they’re always there to greet you. And while all of CB is on campus, attending to studies or working with the faculty, they’re still right outside, ensuring our safety. But who are these gentlemen in the blue and yellow uniforms, working to keep CB’s perimeter safe?

Here at CB, we have three main security guards who work on all sides of our campus. They work throughout the day, from before we walk on campus to when our latest practices end.

In hopes to get to know these three familiar faces a little better, I went on a ride along with Mr. Robert Palmer in his security golf cart to learn more about what it’s like to be a security guard here at CB.

It’s 6 PM on a Monday night. Parents of the Junior Falcons Football team are rolling in and out of the CB parking lot. Right at the entrance of the parking lot, Robert and I are in his golf cart, watching each car that comes through the gates. While he’s patrolling, we discuss some of the different aspects involved in his job.

“Security operates in two points,” he says. “We are the first points of contact for those entering campus, and we have a duty to serve those who need help.”

He believes that, as CB often has many visitors from outside of school, it’s important for each of our security to be “friendly and knowledgeable.” Despite not being an official employee at CB, Robert takes into account the fact that he and his colleagues still play a large role in representing our school and providing a warm welcome to all of our visitors.

“CB is an incredible place,” he says. “I knew it when I first stepped on the property.”

The next and most important part of being the first point of contact is all about safety. While it is not often that CB encounters a threat to our security, our security is always on the lookout for people who may be disrupting our campus life. In doing so, Robert explains that aside from being friendly, he also insists on making contact with everyone coming in and out of the gates to ensure that the right people are coming on campus.

Robert also understands that many visitors may need assistance navigating campus or have questions about the area around CB. Robert says that helping others is a large part of why he enjoys what he does. From traffic control, to monitoring the entrance and exits, all the work they do is intended to keep our school safe.

“This job comes with a strong service aspect,” he says.

I personally can attest to the great amounts of service each of our security bring to campus after having fellow security guad Pete help me unlock my car after having locked my keys in it not once, but twice. Both times, he was willing to stop what he was doing and spend as much time as he needed to carefully pull the lock in my door up through a small crack in my window — I could not have been more grateful.

Midway through the interview, a motorcyclist came on campus, seemingly lost, and riding through a restricted area for motorcycles. Once he was through the gates, we pursued him in the cart to investigate. As a precaution, Robert had me step out of the cart before confronting the motorcyclist. Not long after I had stepped out of the cart, the cyclist passed by and Robert returned, explaining that the encounter had been very friendly and the cyclist had no issue moving his bike.

If you have ever been on your way to practice on the football field, you have surely been met with a “Have fun, and be safe!” from none other than security guard Mr. Jesse Walker.

He too, finds that working in security comes with a great deal of service.

“If I see someone lost, I do not wait for them to come to me,” he says.

Jesse finds that in this field of work, there is no reason to not be “friendly and overly helpful.” He especially enjoys interacting with all of the people here at CB and being a part of our community. He’s grateful for the friendly camaraderie that comes along with his job, saying he feels it would be difficult to have the same type of relationships somewhere else.

Any sort of security job is one that never ends. Even here at CB, each of the guards that work here have to be on the look out at all times for something possibly unexpected, even if its a minor mishap. All throughout my interview, each of the security guards continued to pay full attention to what was going on around us.

“Through this job, I have met incredible people,” Robert says. “This career is pretty darn good.”

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