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Saturday, December 20, 2014

How Do I Become a Security Guard in Manitoba?

In Manitoba, in order to become a security guard you must be licensed under the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act .  Under this Act, you must meet the following guidelines (below) in order to become a licenced security guard.  Working without a valid Manitoba Security Licence is considered an offence under the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act.  If found guilty of the offence it could result in a monetary fine up to $10,000 and or up to 1 year in prison for the individual.  Companies found employing unlicensed guards could also be fined. 

If you are at least 18 years of age and are legally entitled to work in Canada you can get your Manitoba Security Guard License and start working by taking the following steps:

 

1.    Get your CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK (CARC).

In Winnipeg you can go to:

Child Abuse Registry Unit – Child Protection Branch

201-114 Garry Street

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4V5. 

The fee for this check is $10.00 payable when you apply.  It could take between 2 and 8 weeks for your CARC to be processed, therefore, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you apply for this at your earliest opportunity.

 

2.    Get your CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK (CRC) 

In Winnipeg you can go to:

  • The Public Safety Building at 151 Princess Street 

           Or

  • The Commissionaires at 290 Burnell Street.

The fee for this starts at $30.00 depending on where you apply and if you require finger printing.  A vulnerable sector search is NOT required to work as a security guard in Manitoba.  

You can expect to wait somewhere between 2 business days and 5 weeks for a regular CRC, and up to 6 months for finger printing depending on the agency.

If you live outside of Winnipeg (in a rural area) your local RCMP detachment can process your Criminal Record Check.

 

3.   Register for security guard training with an approved training provider, complete the course and obtain training certificate.  Law Enforcement and Security Training Academy of Canada (LESTAC) / www.GuardTraining.ca is an approved training provider you can verify this by visiting:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/safe/private/trainers.html

 

4.  Write and pass the Province of Manitoba Security Guard licensing exam. 

Exam Dates are pre-determined by Manitoba Justice and held at 10am and 1pm

For the latest dates and times click here.

 

5.  Complete the application form found at 

http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/safe/
private/pdf/information_individual_new.pdf

 

6.  Your completed application must include the following:

A copy of your:

  • CARC
  • CRC
  • Training Certificate
  •  Digital photo as per MB Justice requirements 

The location for applying is:

Private Investigators and Security Guards Program

1800-155 Carlton Street

Winnipeg, MB R3C 5R9

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4 pm

The annual license fee is $30.00 payable by Visa, MasterCard, debit, cash, money order or online payment. 

 

It could take anywhere from 2-3 weeks to process your application.

Still have more questions?  Check out the FAQs Section at Manitoba Justice or you can call them at:

Private Investigators and Security Guards Program - Program Administrative Assistant - 945-2825 or pisg@gov.mb.ca

Or

Call us at 204.982.6840 or email us at info@guardtraining.ca

Posted by Chanelle Boudreau at 12:00 AM

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Job Opportunity: Loss Prevention Service Representative – Old Navy, Canada

Old Navy in Winnipeg is hiring a full-time Loss Prevention Service Representative. Please see below for details.


JOB TYPE: Loss Prevention Service Representative – Old Navy, Canada

LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB – St. Vital Shopping Centre Old Navy

LENGTH: Full Time (40 Hours)

CERTIFICATION: Provincial Security Guard License

 

At Old Navy We Make Value Cool.

From day one, Old Navy was a revolution. We were something the world had never seen - fabulous, affordable fashion. We didn't take ourselves too seriously, and we broke the industry's rules. We said fashion didn't have to be just for rich people. It could be for everyone. We opened our first store in 1994 and we've been on a tear ever since. We were the fastest retailer to reach $1 billion in sales within four years and today we're one of the largest apparel brands in the world, operating more than 1000 stores across the US, Canada, Puerto Rico & Japan. Over 350 million (that's not a typo) customers cross our doors each year.

 

General Summary:

The Loss Prevention Representative's main responsibility is the safety of all store associates and customers, assisting store personnel with any safety issues. LPSR provides a visual presence at the entrance of store through courteous and professional interaction with customers. LPSR works closely with LPS and Leadership team to increase awareness and ensure all aspects of LP Awareness Program are being followed.

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The safety of all store associates and customers is top priority.
  • Promote Loss Prevention Awareness/REAL Prevention to sales staff. Encourage use of the COBC Hotline.
  • Assist store management in ensuring physical security of location.
  • Prevention of losses through teamwork and communication with the staff.
  • Abide by all company policies as well as any other standards communicated by management.
  • Provide a visual presence at the entrance/exit through courteous and professional interaction with customers.
  • Assists in making apprehensions with certified LP Agents when asked for assistance

Qualifications:

Required knowledge, skills & abilities:

·        Good verbal and written communication skills.

·        Must be able to communicate with all levels of staff and management.

·        Ability to evaluate circumstances and make timely decisions.

Minimum Educational Level:

·        High School graduate or equivalent.

Experience required:

·        1-2 year's retail experience preferred. Provincial Security Guard License Required.

Physical requirements:

·        Must be able to stand and walk sales floor for scheduled shift.

 

·        Must be able to lift and carry 20 pounds.

     Interested Candidates please contact:


Nick Murchie

Loss Prevention Supervisor | Old Navy - Ontario

 

(: 416.320.8897* nicholas_murchie@gap.com


Posted by Guard Training at 7:23 AM

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Security Guard Licencing Requirements

Security Guard Licencing Requirements

A common question we get asked is: "What do I need to do to get my security guard licence?"  And the answer to that question will depend on the Province or jurisdiction you live in.  In most provinces you will need at a minimum the following:

  • Completed Security Guard Private Investigator/Security Guard Licence Application
  • Current Child Abuse Registry check (dated no more than six months prior to application)
  • Current Criminal Record check (dated no more than six months prior to application)
  • Document that outlines your Criminal Record if you have been convicted (dated no more than six months prior to the application)
  • Proof of security guard training - in some provinces this is required but not all of them require training
  • Digital jPeg photo image/passport photo

Click on the link that applies to the province that you live in to see exactly what you require to get your Security Guard Licence.

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for Alberta

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for British Columbia

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for Manitoba

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for Saskatchewan

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for Ontario

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for New Brunswick

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for Newfoundland and Labrador

Security Guard Licencing Requirements for Nova Scotia

Provinces such as Alberta, Saskaatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario require an accredited 40 hour security guard training certifcate in order to proceed with an application.

 

Posted by Guard Training at 11:14 AM

Monday, September 17, 2012

Working the Night Shift: A Security Officer's Story

The following is an article from www.canadianimmigrant.ca. The direct link to the article is:

http://canadianimmigrant.ca/immigrant-stories/night-shift-as-security-officer-a-survival-job-for-many-immigrants 

 

Night shift as security officer, a survival job for many immigrants

After working for two years as a security officer, Thomas Menyoli decided to quit and go back to school. “I was doing the night shift for two years and I just couldn’t cope with it any longer and decided to take a break,” he says.

Menyoli came to Canada in 2006. He is originally from Cameroon where he had his own electronic business; he has also worked in Europe. Menyoli is among the thousands of skilled immigrants from around the world who become security officers upon arrival in Canada.

Increasingly, private security is a preferred option among newcomers, who haven’t been able to find work in their own field.

How do I know?

I have first-hand experience — for the last six months, I have been working as a security officer myself. After two months of futile attempts to get a job in the media (my profession for two decades prior to immigrating to Canada from India in July 2008), I had little choice but to take up a job as a security officer.

I did a two-day security basics training course at Iron Horse Security (the private security industry in Canada is regulated) and started working at Paragon Security in September 2008. I was deployed as a concierge at a condominium on St. Clair Avenue West, in Toronto.

Ryan Dow, client service and business development manager with Iron Horse, says, “Yes, it is true that the security industry is attracting a lot of new immigrants.” And Dow thinks this trend will continue in the future.

According to a justice system-focused periodical from Statistics Canada called Juristat, in 2006 there were about 102,000 private security personnel in Canada and the industry takes in 20,000 new recruits every year, many of whom are visible minorities.

Analyst Geoffrey Li, writing in the December 2008 issue of Juristat, notes: “The representation of visible minorities among police officers and private security personnel (nearly) doubled between 1996 and 2006 — from 11 per cent to 21 per cent.” Significantly, Li emphasizes, “The proportion of visible minorities among security officers exceeded that of the overall proportion of visible minorities among the population of Canada.”

Juristat also reports that nearly 50 per cent of the security officers are above the age of 45 years and 25 per cent are above 55 years of age.

Michael Kersting belongs to this age group. He’s 65 years old and works as a security guard, even though he’s a trained architect and an award-winning poet. Kersting immigrated to Canada from Guyana, and worked for a brief while as an architect, but mostly as a security officer.

So what is it that lures newcomers like Kersting to this industry? The answers are rather simple. Facing barriers to finding employment in their area of expertise because of a lack of Canadian experience and credentials, newcomers turn to survival jobs out of desperation. Some work as telemarketers at call centres, others as maintenance workers, still others as security officers.

But working in security is often considered a better choice than doing pressure sales over the phone or cleaning toilets. In the security business, expectations from the new recruit are mostly limited to physical presence.

It seemed the better choice for me. Although wages are low (around $9-12 an hour in the first year), it’s enough for survival and paying bills.

And in its own way, the job has taught me some new skills, like staying calm in a crisis. It’s one thing to sit in training and hear about the best method to deal with an emergency and another to answer a real-life crisis, for example, walking into an apartment to see an 80-year-old woman sprawled on the kitchen floor, bleeding from the forehead and unable to get up.

Mike Odongkara, a photojournalist from Uganda who became a security officer after having no luck finding a job in journalism, adds that while security work really doesn’t test one’s full abilities, “it’s not something that one should discount completely. For me, it helped in just understanding the different aspects of life and living in Toronto,” observes Odongkara, who arrived in Canada in 2005.

“It teaches the newcomer the technique of interacting with complete strangers.”

It’s good to stay positive and look for the good in a bad situation like Odongkara, but working as a security officer can still take its toll on skilled immigrants.

“The biggest adjustment that one has to make as a guard is mental. One has to accept one’s station in life as a security officer,” Samuel Varghese says. Originally from India, Varghese came to Canada from Muscat and, like so many others, couldn’t find a job in his field of accounting.

“I did this [get a job as a security officer] so that my family could start life in Canada,” says Varghese, who works the night shift.

But he quickly adds that he won’t be doing this work for long. An experienced accountant, Varghese plans to enrol into a community college to get a Canadian certificate to bolster his chances of getting a job as an accountant.

Brian Robertson, president of Toronto-based Diligent Security Training and Consulting, observes in an opinion piece in Canadian Security (January 2009) that most newcomers who become security officers leave their job as soon as possible, often within the first six months. This is the industry trend and the reason is obvious.

At the same time as newcomers work in security, they also continue to look for employment opportunities in their own field, and some of them, like Varghese and Menyoli, enrol in a Canadian educational program.

“As soon as they find something better in their own field, they dump the security job,” says Shawn Foote, a Canadian veteran of 18 years in the security business, adding, “Almost all those who become security officers don’t plan a career in the vocation.”

Brian Davis, a blogger on the private security industry in Canada, recently anguished about the state of the security business in Canada. Davis argues, “The level of customer service and quality is appalling … [because] in most cases security workers do not understand their responsibilities to the customer or the public. Why? They are often under-trained, unqualified and unhappy.”

Often it’s a matter of not realizing what the job will actually be like. Robertson of Diligent Security Training and Consulting, wryly comments, “It is easy to find a security officer in Canada who will tell you that the job he ended up in was different from the job he was told that he was signing up for when he or she was recruited. It may be harder to find a security officer who didn’t have this experience.”

He adds, “Every year the contract guard industry in Canada takes in over 20,000 new hires. There is a lot of turnover in contract security, and recruiting new officers is a Sisyphean task. There are a lot of reasons why it is difficult to attract good people to security. The pay is low, the hours are often lousy, and the working conditions range from mind-numbingly boring to nerve-wrackingly dangerous.”

But with the economic slowdown, security industry insiders say it is quite possible that the security industry — which is seemingly recession proof — will continue to attract more and more professionally qualified people, and this time around, they may not all be immigrants.

Every night when I leave for my site to begin my shift I ponder, “Is this what I came to Canada for?” Every morning when I return home and see my son’s face, I stay determined that I’ll do what it takes to survive and succeed here — even if it means patrolling a damp and bitterly cold parking lot in the dead of night.

 

(Copyright belongs to Canadian Immigrant, a subsidiary of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.)

Posted by Chanelle Boudreau at 12:15 PM

Monday, September 10, 2012

Keeping Your Computer Safe

         Nowadays computers and other forms of hi-tech devices are a part of our everyday life. We use computers to maintain databases of highly confidential information and we use many different kinds of technology to communicate and investigate.  Unfortunately, a part of our hi-tech world dedicates itself to targeting computers and other technologies to gain sensitive information about a company or to break the law. There are various ways to keep the technologies we use safe and everyone that uses these devices should be aware of how to keep their equipment safe guarded from intrusion and sabotage.  The loss of information from one computer or using communications equipment that has been tampered with can cost a company millions of dollars.

 

The easiest way to catch a breach in computer security is to observe the day-to-day operations of the client you work for and question anything out of the ordinary.  It is the job of a security guard to protect property and life and therefore you are doing your due diligence by questioning any suspicious activity. Keep yourself up-to-date on company policies that deal with computer security. If you know it’s against company policy for company owned computers to leave the premises, it is your duty to stop any individuals from doing so without special permission. Keep track of where computers and other technological equipment is stored. If there is a computer lab on-site that is usually locked when it’s not in-use and you notice the door ajar, report it.

 

Another angle to consider is that if something goes missing on your shift, or you did not report something that ought to have been reported, you could be seen as complicit in the incident.  It is in your best interest, and your clients’ best interest, to make sure computer security remains intact and that technological devices are not tampered with.

 

The following are three defenses against technological security breaches:

 

1.) PASSWORDS
                Make sure that any personal accounts you have are password protected. Use a password that would not too obvious and use numbers and capitalized letters within your password. It’s common sense to never give out your personal passwords to anyone but also make sure you never give out a password for a communal work station that another person is not entitled to. Just because you can use a certain computer or just because you have the passcode for a locked door doesn’t mean everyone should have it. If you are entrusted with a password, or any other sensitive information, always consider it as top secret information.

 

2.) SOFTWARE
                Despite all the programs that exist which are designed to harm your computer, there are also many programs you can use to protect your computer. Anti-virus and Anti-malware software protects your computer from hackers whose intention is to put a program onto your computer that would destroy your files and operating systems. There are also Firewalls that you can download that prevent hackers from sneaking into your computer remotely to grab information such as banking records. You should always use Anti-virus software and a Firewall to protect you whenever you are connected to the internet. You should also be sure to keep your version of the software as up-to-date as possible.

 

3.) ENCRYPTION
                To protect the information stored on a disk, USB drive or in an e-mail you can have it encrypted. When a disk or an e-mail has been encrypted, it is turned into a code that is not decipherable. Encrypted data can be deciphered by either using specific deciphering software or by using a password.

 

                Always remember that technology is not just a fancy toy. It’s a device designed to fulfil a purpose and it is your responsibility to safeguard both the device and whatever it was designed to do. The use of technology in the workplace should only be on an as needed basis. If using a specific device is not a part of your duties, don’t use it; even if it’s not locked away. Whatever you use, you are responsible for. 

 

Posted by Chanelle Boudreau at 12:00 AM