Do you want a job that offers some excitement, keeps you physically fit, and doesn’t keep you behind a desk? Do you have a military, forces, or police background? In any of these cases, you may consider training to become a security officer.
NOT A REGULAR NIGHT WATCHMAN
Don’t underestimate the importance of night watchmen and mall cops. After some of the horrendous tragedies from psychos and terrorists, these jobs have taken on greater significance than ever. Becoming a security officer, whether it is at a shopping mall or in a top secret laboratory, is a big responsibility.
A security officer, or SO, is different from a security guard. Security guards are required by some insurance companies for discounts on their policies. A security officer, however, is under constant screening. You have to become trained and certified to be an SO. If you have an emergency in your building, your security guard is the first person to notify. He will be responsible for contacting the authorities, unlocking gates, and opening the right access for the emergency personnel. As an SO, you are also trained in emergency procedures such as threat assessment, first aid, trauma care, and crisis management.
WHERE TO GET TRAINING
In the EU, the training and certification of security officers is done through the SIA, or the Security Industry Authority. The SIA has training facilities all over Europe, either run by SIA personnel or certified by that authority to issue licenses. The training can be at different levels, and for different tasks.
FIELDS OF SO WORK
You can become certified and licensed to guard cash and valuables in transit. This is considered front line work, and previous training in SO or licensing from NOCN, HABC, or LASER can qualify you, if you already have it.
Close Protection is another category in which you can be certified. You will have to take courses in establishing scene safety, on-site triage, basic life support, and other medical training required to maintain the life of the person or persons you are hired to protect. You will also receive training in close combat and in unarmed combat. You’ll also have to pass an advanced driver training course. This will include risk management, IED search, vehicular and personal security, route planning, and many other skills that will make you proficient in risk assessment and control.
You can also be licensed as a door supervisor. This may seem to pale in comparison to close protection training, but can be equally dangerous. You’ll be trained in threat assessment, threat containment, and personal skills in diffusing dangerous situations.
Key holding is not considered a front line activity. A key holder is responsible for retaining control of keys for a business or individual, and is called in the instance that a secure area must be entered.
Vehicle immobilization is another area in which you can receive SIA certification and licensing. If you have a job, or are pursuing a job that will require you to restrict the movement of any vehicle, you’ll need an SIA license. This includes attaching a boot to a car so that it cannot be driven, removing the restricting device, and collecting the fees accrued.
Guest Author : Fred Burns has had experience in the security industry for many years. When he isn’t writing about security related issues, he currently works for Cross-Deck.co.uk, a company working hard to fill security jobs and provide access to SIA Training.