Security Day-in-the-Life


Josephine Brewer

Security guard Cindy Dela Cerna smiles as she waves in cars.

Josephine Brewer, Managing Editor

We constantly see Mid-Pacific’s security guards roaming the campus and driving the golf carts, but what does an average day in their life look like?

Mid-Pacific security guard Mitchell Miyasaki has been working at Mid-Pacific for a little over a year. His interest in security started during his time in the military.

“I was looking at what jobs kind of match what you do in the military and just got into it, kind of liked it, never left it,” Miyasaki said.

There are many things to do the second he steps foot on campus, but there is one main goal: “Make sure all the kids are safe.”

The average day starts out with traffic control then patrolling the campus and making sure everything seems normal. He then turns to checking cameras while other security guards continue to patrol.

Another Mid-Pacific security guard, Sean Regan, has been with the school for two years. Regan also has a background in the military, specifically military law enforcement. The familiarity is what led him to apply for this job.

According to Regan, the school’s security makes sure that everybody that comes onto our campus is supposed to be here.

“We vet everybody that comes onto campus,” Regan said.

But they also watch out for student behavior.

“We’re watching the camera feeds and also making sure all the students are behaving, not doing anything they aren’t supposed to,” Regan said.

Security guard Cindy Dela Cerna has been with Mid-Pacific for eight years. She says the beginning of the day can be the hardest.

“The first two and a half hours are crazy with traffic,” Dela Cerna said.

Junior Maddix Shizuru has been a student at Mid-Pacific since fifth grade. She appreciates the fact that security is willing to drive students to their classes when they’re injured.

With all the campus’ hills and stairs, it can be quite difficult to get around with an injury. Without the security guards and their help, injured students would have a much harder school day.

“They’re injured, so it would take them indefinitely longer to get to class,” said Shizuru.

Shizuru thinks the school’s security is pretty thorough, and with no recent threats to our school’s security, she feels pretty safe on campus.

The guards do so much to keep us safe, so what can we as a school do for them to make their jobs easier?

“Maybe a little more cameras around. Other than that, a new guard shack would be nice,” Miyasaki said.

With so many guards spending lots of time in the shack working, it’s no surprise that it’s gotten a little bit worn down.

Another mention was new equipment. All security equipment is shared by the whole team, a team of about 25 people. Just like the guard shack, equipment like walkie-talkies and golf carts wear out faster with all the shared and constant use.

Shizuru says that compared to public schools, our security is much better.

“We’re a privately funded school so we have more money to support more staff members,” Shizuru said.

Despite the number of schools in North America dealing with extreme security threats increasing every year, Mid-Pacific’s security remains strong.

“I love my job, seriously I love it,” Dela Cerna said.