Faces of La Salle
There aren’t many people who approach their job with the amount of enthusiasm that Joseph “JJ” Johnson does. Johnson is a security guard for La Salle. With six years’ experience under his belt, Johnson claims to take a lot of pride in keeping students safe. He partakes in many security jobs, including driving the shuttle and patrolling in the SDR booth next to the field.
Born in Haiti and later raised in Brooklyn, NY, Johnson is no stranger to the world of security. Before becoming a member of the La Salle security team, he worked as a guard for the New York Stock Exchange. A friend of his in Philadelphia suggested that he apply for a job at La Salle, and Johnson did so as soon as he realized he met all the requirements. He cites this as one of his smartest decisions.
“The La Salle community has become like family to me,” Johnson said. Solidifying this point, Johnson often brings his eight-year-old daughter to work with him, where she is greeted by many of the familiar students that Johnson calls his friends.
“I remain friends with many graduates,” Johnson says, “It’s the part of the job I love the most.”
When asked about the issue of security at La Salle, Johnson puts a lot of emphasis on personal responsibility.
“Crime can happen anywhere, in any city. As a security guard, it is my job to take preventative measures against crime, but we have to work as a team.”
Johnson encourages students to travel with friends, especially late at night.
“You’re less likely to be grabbed or harmed when with a partner,” Johnson said. Also, Johnson urges students to make smart decisions.
“Kids will be kids and party,” Johnson said, “but always make sure you’re careful. Don’t roam the streets at night.”
Along with his security job, Johnson loves politics, and stands firmly behind the Democratic party.
“I trust them to take care of us,” he said with a smile.
Currently, Johnson is a local resident who enjoys spending time with his family, and a continuing fascination with the color red.
“Most things in my house are red,” Johnson said, “including my entire bedroom.” Johnson encourages students to stop by any SDR booth and get to know the guards.
“If we work together, student and SDR, we can promote safety.”email@example.com
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