Their job is to prevent and deter crime personal bodyguard. This includes the ability to make arrests if needed, perform first aid and CPR, as well as make detailed reports to their employers. They are not required to make arrests, but are fully qualified to make a citizens’ arrest, thereby acting as an agent to the law. Many guards are required to go through additional training for special weapons, and in some areas are required to carry permits for each weapon they use. Some are required to take police courses as well.
Jobs for security officers continue to increase. In fact, 175,000 new security jobs are expected to be available before 2016. As the threat of terrorism has grown, now most guards are required to have bomb-threat training; especially those assigned to soft target areas such as shopping centers and schools.
A major justification for a guard is that many insurance companies will offer huge discounts to those businesses that have on-site security personnel. The reason they do this is because having a security guards there, increases the likelihood that a fire will be noticed and reported quickly, which results in a greater chance of stopping it quickly. Also, businesses with security guards have less shrinkage, employee theft, and property damage.
They often perform access control; that is, making sure personnel and visitors present passes or valid proof of identity at business exits and entrances. They are often called on to assist with minor incidents such as a lost person, lost wallet, or lock-outs. Major incidents require security guards to redirect foot traffic to a safer area, report the incident, and handle any violence.
Patrolling is a big part of a security’s job. Regular patrols used to be quite common, but they are becoming more randomized. This is because regular patrol schedules make it easier for criminals to get inside buildings, and make the security guards’ job monotonous.