SSMU security was introduced when SSMU council restricted SSMU executives from calling in Montreal police to arrest anti-zionist protestors. Originally SSMU hired two agents to patrol and secure the University Centre. In the 1980s and 90s, SSMU security began to employ McGill Redmen football players. SSMU eventually felt the need for more a professional non-student security force and in the 2000s SSMU security became a more integrated operation of the Society. The service prevented thefts in the Schatner building and even worked on defences to computer threats. In the later part of the decade however, McGill security services made the decision to staff SSMU on-campus activities. The cost of McGill security amounted to a downturn in SSMU’s security services.