A Princeton woman is taking security to a new level in town – she is now a licensed security guard who can help control local events.
Wendy Englof will also be taking an advanced security course – giving her the authority to restrain people – and a course to carry firearms.
“I wanted to go into the RCMP when I was younger, but never went that route,” she said.
Instead she went into jobs ranging from plumbing, to driving trucks, to hairdressing.
Becoming a security officer seamed natural to Englof, who is always on the lookout for anything unsafe.
She once called the RCMP about an erratic truck driver along Highway 3. They set up a traffic stop to catch him.
Englof has also noticed unsafe areas around Princeton, and warned the appropriate people.
She moved to Princeton from Vancouver in 2005 in search of better weather.
She noticed a need for a licensed security officer in Princeton because many event organizers were forced to hire ones from outside the town, which can be expensive.
Being a woman in the security-world is nothing unusual, and there is a good mix of men and women in the industry, Englof said.
After she takes the advanced security course in May, the job options will open up more because she can do a wider range of duties.
She will be working at the Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo in May, as well as the Princeton Lions auction.
Englof had to stop being a hairdresser – her most recent job – because she is allergic to the chemicals used.
She said it will be nice to work in her own town by helping keep people safe, and expects the job to be casual, part time.
“It will be good to have security from Princeton available for hire, instead of from out of town,” she said.