5 Attributes of a Great Security Officer

Jun 5, 13 • News2 Comments

Great security guards and officers from Sterling Protective ServicesWhether he works at a mall or office building, a security guard has a very important job to do. He has the responsibility of being vigilant and protecting his clientele. All Security companies have to exercise caution, and hire people who are mature and trustworthy, and Sterling Protective Services goes above and beyond in this matter. We believe it is extremely important for a security firm to hire and properly train the right person for the job. Here are five attributes of a great security guard.

1. Alertness

A good security guard is always alert and aware of his surroundings. It is necessary to constantly stay focused and avoid distractions as much as possible, or risk missing something that could prove important. An unobservant officer might easily overlook something that could put lives in jeopardy, or miss out on witnessing a criminal or thief in action. This testimonial highlights an instance when our officers demonstrated alertness to ensure the security of those we protect.

2. Honesty

A good security guard must be honest. They are responsible for securing access to buildings and protecting a business against theft and other crimes. If a security guard is not honest, he might steal or put the company at risk. That is why it is so important for security companies to do thorough background checks on their security guards to make sure that they do not have any criminal history or dishonest activity.

3. Physical Fitness

He should be within a healthy weight range and exercise regularly. An unfit guard might not be able to perform their role optimally. Being in good physical shape leads to mental alertness. The officer needs to portray a clean professional image, with a neat uniform and their shirt clean and tucked in. A security guard should look well put together and portray themselves and the client in a positive manner. Security is at the forefront of relations with the general public. The officer needs to be courteous and professional at all times.

4. Good Communication Skills

A good Security Guard knows how to communicate effectively both verbally and in their writing skills. Clear, courteous communication can be the deciding factor in handling a tricky situation effectively. Communication also allows the security officer to carefully and accurately document each and every incident of importance, as well as the status of the facility at the close of his/her shift. Also, as important as it is for an officer to be observant and alert for the safety of our clients, the majority of their interaction will be with the employees and customers or clients of the people we protect, so courtesy and a friendly attitude is key.

5. Ability to Serve Client’s Needs

It is essential for a security guard to be detail oriented because he has to perform a lot of tasks and remember details in serving our clients. In addition, the officer needs to be able to follow post orders. Each security officer on duty is assigned a “post” which he is to man. At each assigned post there will be written instructions based on the client’s needs, referred to as “post orders.”  Officers are trained on these specific duties before ever assuming their post.

These are all important attributes that security guards should have. As a top quality Texas security firm, Sterling makes sure that each time we hire a security officer, we ensure that he possesses these qualities.

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2 Responses to 5 Attributes of a Great Security Officer

  1. de cobra says:

    Access Control Security Services Limited
    20 Characteristics Of A Good Security Guard
    1. A good security guard is always on time.
    2. A good security guard has the skills,
    experience and training to accomplish his or
    her tasks.
    3. A good security guard knows how to
    communicate with others.
    4. A good security guard can de-escalate any
    tense situation.
    5. A good security guard can get people to do
    what they want without touching them.
    6. A good security guard notices when their
    their environment changes.
    7. A good security guard is versatile and able
    to multitask.
    8. A good security guard knows how to give
    and take orders.
    9. A good security guard is a visual deterrent
    against crime.
    10. A good security guard is respectful of
    11. A good security guard is flexible enough to
    stand post, act as a rover, patrol, supervise
    and work in a variety environments.
    12. A good security always looks sharp.
    13. A good security doesn’t resort to weapons
    or physically restraining unless absolutely
    14. A good security guard knows the
    difference between an observation they can
    dismiss and one they must report to
    15. A good security guard receives up to date
    training on the latest security techniques,
    policies and procedures in accordance with
    best practices.
    16. A good security guard is ALWAYS honest.
    17. A good security guard is self motivated to
    keep their client safe ad secure.
    18. A good security guard maintains
    professional integrity.
    19. A good security guard knows how to write
    a professional report.
    20. A good security guard represents the
    company and client to the same standard of
    quality they represent them self.

  2. I like how you said that a good security guard is always honest and aware of their surroundings. My uncle is trying to open up a little minimarket downtown. It is in a scary part of town so I’ll tell him to hire a good security guard and what he needs to look for.

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