Armed security officers are essential for any business that wishes to protect valuable information, materials or important people. As a result, armed security officers may be found in a vast array of industries such as jewelry retail stores, banks, computer hubs or political offices. Armed security officers usually stay in or patrol a particular area, and their work environments can vary dramatically depending on what it is they are protecting. They could work in a more upscale location, such as a hotel where they may sit at a security camera station and.or patrol the premises. Or their working environment can be relatively hectic with a number of different scheduled tasks and security precautions when working in a bank.
Armed security officers' tools are very similar to that of a police officer: They have a gun and they may also have a club stick, flashlight, taser, or handcuffs. Fortunately, most armed security officers lead an uneventful career where nothing generally happens outside of their typical routine. However, some deal with the worst situations involving armed criminals who are trying to steal or injure that which the security officer must protect.
Work hours may be dependent on when the business they work for is open. Many businesses that employ armed security officers have at least one guard on the clock at all hours. So the hours for this position can be day, night or weekend shifts.
Some armed security officers work in teams while others work alone or with one other individual in the same position. They generally report to a superior officer who may be a lieutenant or captain as this industry holds ranks with names similar to that of police or military forces. Most security positions are out of a private security organization that provides security for other businesses.
Requirements for this position include a high school diploma and a state's Armed Guard Card; this card is obtained through weapon training. Armed security officers must usually have a clean criminal record as well. Most must be physically capable and have above average skills with a weapon. They must be very brave and willing to put their life at risk in the event that an attack happens.
Security Officer Armed Tasks
- Prepare reports, logs, and call for assistance in the event of suspicious activity.
- May plan routes, pre-search buildings, and perform package inspections for individuals.
- Protect facilities or private individuals from harm.