Every organization has its own way of bringing its team together through a shared mission and purpose. That unifying bond among the team at Social Sentinel is rooted in a noble and special mission: to help keep communities safe and to save lives.
The induction process when joining Social Sentinel’s team resembles many other organizations: figure out your email address and phone number, get an ID badge, set up a computer, find out where the coffee is, meet new colleagues, etc. Then, after all this, you’re welcomed with something far more unique.
Receiving the Challenge Coin
Challenge coins have a history traced back through the Renaissance to the Roman Empire where soldiers were rewarded by presenting them with coins recognizing their achievements. More recent history has a young lieutenant during WWI presenting his squadron with medallions struck from precious metals. Challenge coins typically bear the insignia of the organization and are given by high ranking officials to its members or special guests. Challenge coins are most commonly held by teams and organizations that protect their communities to emphasize membership, unity, and morale. Social Sentinel’s CEO, Gary Margolis, is a 20-year law enforcement and public safety veteran and instilled this tradition in our company.
Why did he do it? “The Social Sentinel coin symbolizes a connection to our mission, to the team, and to each other. It is the physical manifestation of our commitment to the safety and security of the communities we serve,” he says.