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Nichols CJM Seniors Get the Lowdown on the Private Security Sector


Nichols Criminal Justice Management (CJM) seniors were dressed in their business suits with resumes in hand for a presentation on November 21st by Dunbar Armored executives, Mike Gambrill, sr. v.p. of industry & government affairs, and Lynne Cassell, director of recruitment. CJM Program Chair Kimberly Charbonneau introduced both speakers. One of the chief architects of Nichols CJM Program is alumnus James L. Dunbar ’51 of Dunbar Armored.

Gambrill gave an overview of both the public safety and private security environments, with the support of some very impressive statistics:

• There are over 90,000 private security organizations in the U.S. (it’s almost three times as large as the public sector)
• It is estimated that between 75-85% of the U.S. infrastructure is protected by private security

After reviewing some of the new security technology used, Gambrill discussed personal traits for success in the CJM field: problem solver, risk taker, takes responsibility, strong communicator, strong values and ethics and a positive attitude. Cambrill closed by encouraging students to embrace change.

Cassell discussed winning employment strategies and stated that she was impressed that Nichols students were wearing suits — “It helps you stand out from the crowd,” she said. Other ways to make that first, positive impression is to have a resume that includes: what you can do for the employer, a listing of internships and jobs, college activities (including volunteering) and additional skills (such as computers).  She stated that a cover letter should be brief and specific to the job you are applying for and encourage students to follow up with an email or call. Cassell closed: “Remember that your goal is to get that job offer."

James L. Dunbar ’54 has been an important supporter of Nichols CJM Program, having made a generous gift to launch the program, creating an endowed scholarship for a deserving student, and offering ongoing support to send students to the major annual conference of the American Society for Industrial Security. Dunbar is the recipient of Nichols first President’s Medal for Distinguished Business Leadership.

The company that bears Dunbar’s name was founded in 1923 and is America’s largest independent, completely American-owned, full-service security organization comprised of armored air courier service, cash vault services, guard services, alarm systems, Dunbar BankPaks, and an online shipment tracking system.