Security Officer

What do security officers do?

The main responsibility of a security officer (otherwise referred to as security guards) is to maintain a safe and secure environment for facilities, customers and employees by patrolling and monitoring premises and personnel.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Inspecting buildings, equipment and access points
  • Permitting access
  • Monitoring surveillance equipment
  • Completing reports by recording observations, information, occurrences and surveillance activities
  • Maintaining an organisation’s stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements

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YouGov survey reveals importance of customer safety and security in hospitality sector recovery

Safety in licensed premises is said to be an extremely important factor in the recovery of the hospitality sector, reveals a YouGov survey.

Counter-terrorism e-learning module launched by the SIA as MI5 warns of potential “emboldened” terrorists following events in Afghanistan

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has launched the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security e-learning module.

Why is mental health becoming more apparent in the security industry?

Highlighting the mental health challenges the security profession is facing, and exploring the potential causes and solutions behind the issue.

The importance of ongoing training for security officers, operatives and workers

The Working the Doors team uncovers a significant lack of training for security officers and explains why this needs to be overcome.

Major new study reveals significant levels of verbal and physical violence towards security staff

A new study has revealed the worrying levels of verbal and physical violence security staff receive while at work.

Security officer apprenticeship set for launch in Scotland

Skills for Security is launching a Security Officers Services Apprenticeship in Scotland, delivered by the Security Industry Training Organisation.

Security Commonwealth Chair urges industry to embrace equality, diversity and inclusion

Jayne King has urged greater efforts in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to maintain high professional standards in security.

BSIA shows support of ‘International Security Officers Day’ and celebrates the work of its members

BSIA has been celebrating the work of security officers as part of the ‘International Security Officers’ Day with its campaign #IAmAKeyWorker.

Reminder on the need for rigorous security personnel hiring practices and door supervisor guidance as lockdown measures ease

Warnings about fake IDs, hiring processes and guidance for door supervisors.

G4S fined £250k after lone worker employee was attacked at youth offender training centre

The private security company has been fined after an employee suffered life-changing injuries when he was assaulted by four individuals.

Trusting your instincts – The importance of behavioural detection training

Paul Mason explains why behavioural detection training should be considered an integral part of the training and development of security personnel.

Online course for security operatives launched by PerpetuityARC Training

Designed for security and SIA operatives, a new online training course has been launched by PerpetuityARC Training.

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