A unique insight into women in the security industry today; from front-line Security Officers, to management and Human Resources.
How long have you worked in security & what drew you to the industry?
I started my security career with Paladin Security in Vancouver three years ago. My friend told me about the $100 Employee Referrral Bonus and all the different opportunities Paladin provides. I felt a company with so many different departments and contracts would be perfect for me to try my hand at different roles. I started off in Special Event Security and eventually joined the busy Mobile Department. I found my niche as a Mobile Patrol Officer as I enjoyed the fact that I was in control of my shift, and it allowed me to excel and prove myself as a team player. After working many different runs and taking on the challenge head on, I was promoted to my current role of Mobile Coordinator, which I love.
What unique traits do you feel women bring to security?
I try to steer clear of generalisations when it comes to the job at hand, but I feel as a woman that people find us more approachable. This can definitely help when speaking with people at different job sites as Paladin is first and foremost about customer service. I have dealt with aggravated and rowdy people while on the job, and I find it natural to de-escalate heated situations. I think it’s great that there is increasingly fair representation in the security field.
Why are women in leadership so important for the growth of the industry?
It’s always beneficial to have people from many different ethnic backgrounds working towards the same goal, or people with different life experiences working together, as it gives a well-rounded approach to challenges. The same is true for women working in a previously male-dominated industry. It helps to create a more diverse work environment that is beneficial for any company and our industry.
How do you see our roles evolving in the future?
If we keep moving down this path and continue to promote teamwork as number one, we'll continue to accomplish great things with Paladin, regardless of any other factors.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to pass on to women following in your footsteps?
Don’t be afraid to test your limits. The business of security should never scare women away - the industry is just as good as, or even better than, others when searching for a steady career. Paladin in particular is a great place to grow with.
Pictured: Annalise with members of Vancouver's Mobile Department and one of our monthly Paladin Superstars.