I am employed by the state jail and my job is keeping the peace in the jail. As corrections officers, we are outnumbered by the inmates 4:1, and if we are not paying very close attention each day, we could easily be put in harms way. To make matters worse, if the inmates are able to smuggle in weapons or drugs, they become even more of a dangerous threat.
To keep the jails safe, we are in turn keeping the town safer because there is less likely a chance they will escape and put our citizens at risk. Our first defense to keep the jail safe is stepping up the visitor inspections. I work on those front lines, and it is a daily struggle to check each individual before they come in contact with the inmates. That being said, even with strict efforts the inmates somehow get their hands on contraband.
We also do surprise cell inspections to uncover drugs and weapons. Even after a clean sweep, the following week the same cells have more contraband. These illegal items put our officers in danger because one inmate who is high on heroin with a weapon is more challenging to subdue. What would take a couple officers now takes a half-dozen, and even then, this inmate could injure us all in a rampage.
Last year Securus Technologies installed an updated inmate phone system that changed the way we stop the flow of contraband in the jail. After being trained on the LBS software, my team is able to pick up on chatter that alerts us to when weapons or drugs are being discussed. Even when the inmates think they are talking in code, we can find out who is bringing in the drugs, where weapons are hidden, and even if inmates are talking about getting out of the jail.
A few years ago, David Giertz was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about how advisers need to speak to their clients about social security. In the brief interview, Giertz mentioned how his company conducted a survey and found out that many people have said their advisers were not discussing social security with them.
David Giertz was asked why advisers avoid the topic and he said it was a complex topic. He said the social security handbook has thousands of rules, which is a lot to comprehend. He was also asked why advisers should take a keen interest in this, and he said financial planning advisers are part of their clients’ financial planning process on moneytips.com. He went on to say that social security is an important topic to discuss because many clients want to optimize their retirement income.
About David Giertz
David Giertz is the current president of Nationwide Financial’s sales and distribution organization. Other companies he has worked at includes Citi Corp Investment Services, Financial Horizons Securities Corporation and the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. He has also worked at Mony Securities Corp. and Skokie Federal Savings.
David Giertz has over 30 years of industry experience. Giertz also holds an Bachelor of Science degree, which he earned from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He also holds an executive MBA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Furthermore, Giertz has worked with various community organizations and he is an arbitrator with the FINRA.
Giertz is expected to continue to play a crucial role in Nationwide’s ongoing growth and success.
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