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Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked, "Given an opportunity, would you work for the Homeland Security Department?"

The Transportation Security Administration opened positions for screeners at the Pensacola Regional Airport July 2. I applied for supervisor, lead and screener on July 5. By the following Thursday, I had and initial offer via e-mail to attend an assessment session here in Pensacola. I responded back by e-mail that I would be interested, and the following Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. I received a call with dates and times. I chose the following Tuesday at 7 a.m.

As you know, TSA is under the homeland security umbrella. Anyhow, I spent 10 hours at the assessment Tuesday and was given a contingent offer for the supervisor's position. I accepted and am now [July 23] just waiting for the personal security background check to be completed and then they will schedule me for training. Upon satisfactory completion of those two requirements, I will receive a permanent offer for the supervisor's position.

This has been my most recent contact with anything dealing with homeland security. I was both impressed and dismayed. Impressed with the dedication of the TSA staff and security, but dismayed with the disorganization and probable overall expense of putting on these assessment sessions.

Harold Sanders Pensacola Police Department

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In regard to the Homeland Security Department poll, I believe this is a timely (if not long overdue) step to ensure that our basic way of life is protected in this newer age of information dissemination. Qualified people abound, if only given the opportunity.

As the instructor for a certified physical security course, I have been privy to the comparative state of security both pre- and post-Sept. 11. Sad to say, not much has changed in the field, except newer bureaucracy.

Scott Verville Security instructor Veterans Technical Training Institute

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