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I help cannabis businesses prevent robberies. Spending 12 years as a cop taught me how to think like a criminal.

Added 01-24-22 08:14:02am EST - “Chris Eggers was a San Francisco Police Department officer for 12 years before he quit to set up Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “I help cannabis businesses prevent robberies. Spending 12 years as a cop taught me how to think like a criminal.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Chris Eggers, 39, a former police officer who runs Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been edited for length and clarity.

You learn a lot being an undercover cop. You learn to walk and talk like a criminal gang member. You learn how to remain calm among your newfound colleagues, when one wrong word could mean a gun pressed to the head.

And you learn exactly how such gangs go about robbing businesses like legal cannabis dispensaries: which security measures they take note of, what kind of buildings they target, and how quickly they aim to get in and out.

So when I decided to leave law enforcement at the start of 2021, I knew exactly which career to go into next. And, no, it wasn't burglary. It was cannabis security.

It's strange to admit as a former cop, but I've always had a soft spot for cannabis. I saw a close relative of mine struggle with alcoholism for years before they replaced their booze with marijuana and completely turned their life around. It's just one anecdote — I'm not saying cannabis is a cure for alcoholism — but it made me appreciate the value this plant can bring to people's lives, because I mostly just saw what it could take away.

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