Recently, laws for medical marijuana have changed in Las Vegas and there is now a need for security for dispensaries. David Howard, owner of Unity One, Inc. —a private security company—understands that this involves more than hiring guards but offering trained personnel who can police these retail areas as well as patrol, investigate and monitor. This is just one aspect of his business that also includes other services needed for both residents and those traveling to Southern Nevada for business or pleasure.

(Photo Courtesy of David Howard)

(Photo Courtesy of David Howard)

Howard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Analytical Psychology and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. “Criminal justice is a multi-faceted career and there are very few fields that allow for working with all cultures, ethnic groups and religions. There is never a moment that is boring and it is continually growing. It affects communities in such a manner that being part of criminal justice allows you to change it for the better.”

According to Howard, he enjoys it and encourages others to consider entering the field. However, he does advise to “first look within yourself. There is a certain type of person designed for this career field. It requires someone who is service oriented as well as having the personality to want to protect and do right with an innate sense of self. You are representing the good ones and, to use an analogy, being a light in darkness.” Howard, believes that those with these personality traits as well as a strong drive would fit in perfectly in criminal justice and security.

As for education, Howard succinctly said, “the bad guys are intelligent and those in criminal justice and security have to be more intelligent and that involves being exposed to different disciplines within the educational community.” He stated that experience of educators will save “you years and years of hard lessons as well as train you to be effective whether questioning someone or analyzing a situation.” He believes a higher education is the fastest way to get exposed and get up to speed in any public career field.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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