Security guards, or security officers, are mainly in charge of observing and reporting when it comes to keeping an eye out for suspicious or illegal activities. Truthfully, guards are responsible for performing a variety of tasks that pertain to the safety and security of job site or property. Security guards may be in charge of conducting regular foot patrols while checking that doors and windows are locked. Additionally, they may sometimes work closely with local authorities in cases of emergencies. Continue reading for tips on becoming a Security Guard.
A wide range of individuals may need the assistance of private security guards. We’ve personally covered everything from special events (such as weddings, graduations, parties, or school events) to construction sites and even commercial shopping spaces. The need for private security may wax and wane depending on the time of year (i.e, shopping spaces needing a little bit of extra support during the holidays) or a company with multiple locations may need security at different properties at any given time. The professional space may also need to hire private security to make sure that only authorized individuals may enter the building or if they need a guard stationed at front desk to receive or screen packages.
A Career Guide to Becoming a Security Guard
Security guards are responsible for completing a wide range of duties according to client needs to their site-specific post orders. Some positions are static where a guard remains in the same area or they may be responsible for patrolling a wide area. In roving vehicle positions, the guard is responsible for driving a company vehicle while on patrol.
Typical Duties of a Security Guard
- Complete and deliver accurate reports – including daily and incident reports
- Conduct regular patrols of job site
- Follow established security protocols while using initiative and good judgement
- Work closely with the local police department, fire department, or medical teams
- Ensure alarm systems are functional
- Ensure that doors, windows, gates, etc. are locked
- Make certain that only authorized personnel or vehicles are entering the property
- Remain vigilant for any suspicious or unlawful activities
Qualifications of becoming a Security Guard
Most Security Guard positions are entry level and only require a high school diploma or equivalent to apply. Additionally, you’ll need to be registered as a Security guard in your respective state and be registered to carry a firearm (if applicable).
- Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively (both orally and written)
- Be able to think quickly and critically
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and be mindful of customer and public relations
- Exercise good judgement in stressful and potentially dangerous situations
- Have knowledge of public safety and security
- Possess knowledge of local laws and regulations
- Works well independently or as a team
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Ability to pass a background check and drug screening
- Must maintain and current and valid drivers license (if applicable)
Security Guard Job Education and Training
Most companies will provide on the job training when starting at a new site or shift. Regular training and updates are recommended to ensure that security guards remain on track for providing excellent service. However, in order to attain your guard registration card, you must complete the following steps:
- The power to arrest training must be completed prior to the issuance of a Security Guard Registration
- The thirty-two (32) hours of training in security officer skills must be completed within the first six (6) months of registration.
- Eight (8) hours of continuing training must be completed annually (BPC 7583.6 and California Code of Regulations
The training may be administered by a PPO (Private Patrol Operator), a Bureau-certified training facility, or by a Bureau-approved course provider. Find out more here.
Other Skills and Experience
Although not required, having an associates degree in subjects such as criminal justice may set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Additionally, being fluent in a second language may make you more hirable compared to others applying for the same position.
To apply for a position as a security guard with Armed Force Security, click here.