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Is Lt Cmd. Giotto security chief throughout TOS?

And like are there multiple officers under him with rank of Lt. or are most of them enlisted/ensigns?

Also, what would their duties be?

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    As far as I know, it's only once the role is combined with tactical operations (weapons and shields) that there's any real mention of the security dept or their duties. Before then they're just used at the discretion of the bridge officers. – Valorum Oct 17 '14 at 9:47
  • en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Giotto – Valorum Oct 17 '14 at 9:49
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    Lol, did you even watch the show? "How does the security department function"? Mate, it doesn't. :) – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 17 '14 at 11:13
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit - I'm constantly astounded by the inability of the enterprise crew to stop baddies from roaming the ship, especially after they've been put into the (open door policy) sickbay – Valorum Oct 17 '14 at 11:22
  • The red shirts obviously evolved from the blue suits worn by todays Secret Service. – Major Stackings Oct 17 '14 at 20:15
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As with most of the original Star Fleet, the answer depends on what you consider to be "canon".

TV Series:

The sole mention of security leadership in the TV series is from TOS: Devil in the Dark when Lt Cmdr Giotto is detailed to assemble a security party. There's no specific mention of him being the Chief of Security and the official Startrek.com biography for him only refers to "a member of the U.S.S. Enterprise security team".

KIRK : Mister Spock, have Lieutenant Commander Giotto assemble the security troops and arm them with phaser number two.

Prior to this, the security teams merely seem to be assigned by whichever bridge officer needs them, at the time that they need them. There's no indication that any of them hold a rank higher than Crewman.

Semi-Canon Reference

The Star Fleet Handbook (written by Geoffrey Mandel, and later incorporated into the semi-canon USS Enterprise Officer's Manual) lists Lt. Cmdr. Giotto as being "Head of Security" as of Stardate 1307 when Kirk assumed command of the Enterprise.

His team appears to consist of one other Lieutenant Commander and various Lieutenants. Presumably there are Crewman below them in rank also.

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The revised USS Enterprise Officer's Manual (1980 edition, co-written with future TNG & DS9 Head of Art Doug Drexler) written in the wake of the success of Star Trek II indicates that Chekov took charge of Security following Giotto's retirement.

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  • So many canon inconsistencies here. My head hurts. – Valorum Oct 25 '14 at 20:20
  • Glorious answer. – EleventhDoctor Mar 2 '17 at 14:46
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Starfleet is not a Gestapo

There is an interesting line in "Mirror, Mirror", when Scotty notes one of the differences he has observed between the barbaric Mirror universe and his own.

Mister Sulu is security chief, like the ancient gestapo!

The notion of a security chief is revolting to Scotty. Starfleet is an idealistic, radically peaceful organization, and this idealism is reflected in the noticeable tone of revulsion in Scotty's voice.

Others have observed that there is no named chief of security or security department in TOS. They don't exist because they are anathema to Starfleet at the time.

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    This interpretation is consistent with the TNG era in which the security officers on the Enterprise-D were Yar (grew up on a failed colony with violent criminals) and Worf (a member of a species focused on war). It's plausible that the Federation saw the necessity of having a security officer, but only those accustomed to violence could stomach the job. – Thunderforge Dec 29 '18 at 4:30
  • I also find it quite interesting that the idea of a security chief used to be identified with the Gestapo, but no longer. Our memories of Nazi Germany have faded and so we ever-so-gradually adopt their measures and now we tolerate concentration camps that kill children. – J Doe Dec 30 '18 at 17:44

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