For those who insist that technology is just another tool to enhance – but not replace – the work done by a security officer, consider this story from the state of Illinois.
Governor Bruce Rauner is considering swapping out tower guards with security cameras at the state’s low to mid level prisons. It’s a cost-cutting measure in a state that hasn’t had a budget in two years.
The Governor promises no layoffs, but similar measures in other states have resulted in a trimming of security staff.
Opponents of the proposal say it all comes down to a question of safety. They argue that during a breakout or high level threat, a security camera can only monitor the situation; a physical guard can respond and intervene.