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Security is a convention department responsible for controlling access to parts of the convention. This might be preventing members of the public or free-loading fans from general entry, controlling ticketed or invite-only items, or controlling out-of-hours access to the hucksters' room and art show.
Historically, Security teams have tended to expand their remit, and once they start investigating pick-pocketing or pilfering, there is a slippery slope into officiousness. Sometimes this results in security morphing to run the convention, sometimes it's "only" individuals abusing their power.
It's common knowledge among experienced con-runners that “People who want to work security should not be allowed to.”
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