Criminal justice and security professionals help to maintain order and keep our city safe for us to work and play. Warren McGalliard discusses his work as a security director and how his education helped him to start his own business providing training in firearms.

(Photo Courtesy of Warren McGalliard)

(Photo Courtesy of Warren McGalliard)

What degree program did you study?

“I have a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.”

What does your current job entail?

“Currently I own JWM Tactical Training and Protection Services LLC which provides firearms training and personal protection for government agencies, private companies and civilians. I also am the security director for a Houston-based oil and gas company which foremost entails the managing of all operations pertaining to security and executive protection. I participate in security operations and supervise two protective service agents and six uniformed armed security officers, all with the responsibilities of executive protection and protection of life and property.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“Both of my degrees in Criminal Justice have been instrumental in providing me with opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to me. My undergraduate degree provided me with a deep understanding of the law and how it is applied in the fields of law enforcement and security. My graduate degree has been invaluable for applying the management concepts I learned during the program and for learning to view every situation from a mindset of critical thinking.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“I am often asked how someone can get into the field of security management and or executive protection. First and foremost, a college degree in the fields of security or criminal justice is going to be required for almost all security management careers. To enter the field of executive protection, a background in law enforcement or military is going to be essential with an emphasis on specialty training such as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) for law enforcement and Special Operations for military.”

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