When the rest of the world is working remotely from the comfort of their homes, security personnel and law enforcement are expected to be out on the roads, continuing their usual work. They are a part of the army helping the government and community in combating the pandemic. Being outside most of the day, it is important for them to be aware of the safety measures to protect themselves from exposure. However, their main objective is to prevent the pandemic from hindering their efforts and the government efforts from going in vain by controlling the public. Security personnel needs to be extremely vigilant by ensuring the rules employed by the government are being properly followed and disperse any sort of gathering.
Annie Glass, a third-year Criminal Justice major at Northeastern University, is an example of one such security officer braving the pandemic and fighting it from the front lines. Being in such a field, it is her job to be in close contact with different kinds of people who may have the virus. Her mother asked the authorities to switch her placement, but Glass insisted. Glass, who aspires to be a homicide detective, says, “Even though I’m smaller, I think I still bring a lot to the job in general. I like working with the officers, I like a lot of my co-workers, they’re all respectful… They treat you like you’re a full-timer, like all the other employees.”
Glass’ responsibilities include ensuring that people don’t uselessly loiter around the building and maintain proper safety standards. She often encounters homeless people seeking refuge in the hospital due to the pandemic. Her job involves dealing with numerous COVID-19 patients and for that, she has to maintain proper cleanliness and hygiene. She maintains proper distance from her mother just as means of precaution, even though she does not have any symptoms. Glass is hopeful that her contribution will one day amount to something greater and says, “I still feel like I can leave a mark at this place.”