Private security or security guards are employed to safeguard places or people, or both. Depending on the type of security job, a security guard may be tasked with the protection of individuals, or institutions and properties. There are several types of private security jobs that you can get into, which include:
Private security guards usually work in a range of jobs, but the most common is that of guarding businesses, homes and places of work. Their duties include monitoring buildings, locations and their surrounding areas to prevent and detect security breaches, as well as providing protection to people and property.
Private security officers are employed to provide security services. Security guards are generally employed in large organizations to provide security companies premises, such as office buildings and retail stores. They may be armed with a handgun or a non-lethal weapon, as well as having tasers and pepper spray.
Unlike state and federal police officers, private security guards do not have the authority to make arrests and as such, their duties must be limited to protection, monitoring and detection.
Private Security Guard Training and Qualifications
The training requirements for security guards is generally minimal and any potential guards must be able to pass a criminal background check and a drug test. A background check includes checking any prior convictions or arrests. It is also advisable to consider whether the company that you’re applying for the job with allows firearms on company premises or not.
When it comes to the physical requirements for the job, candidates may be required to be at least 5’5” tall, and weigh in at a minimum of 160 pounds. It is advisable to consider getting trained and certified in CPR, first aid and other lifesaving skills to be prepared if required to provide medical assistance.
The security guard training requirements will vary from state to state. It is advisable to research the requirements and regulations in the state where the security guard jobs you are considering are located.