Security officers protect people and property, and maintain crowd control.
Duties & Tasks
Security officers may perform the following tasks:patrol areas and check doors, gates and windows for signs of unauthorised entrywatch for irregularities (such as fire hazards, leaking water pipes, lights left on, equipment malfunctions, unlocked security doors) and report incidents or problems to the appropriate authorityrecord times of inspections and presence of authorised personsrespond to alarms and check alarm systemsprovide armed escort for payroll deliveriesobserve and report suspects to police, or apprehend offenders when appropriate and detain them until police arrivemonitor computer alarm systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and communicate by radio with mobile units to attend alarmsissue security passes, give directions and make security arrangements for authorised visitorscheck travellers and their hand luggage to detect concealed weapons and explosivesdetect and report fraud, shoplifting and other unlawful acts by employees or patrons of business establishmentsprovide armed protection for specific organisations (banks, for example)provide assistance to the public and clients.
Security officers usually do shiftwork and may work at nights, on weekends and public holidays.
- physically fit (may be required to pass a medical examination) good hearing and eyesight (may be corrected) observant responsible and trustworthy assertive with good interpersonal skills good communication and negotiation skills Australian citizenship, or eligibility for citizenship, for Australian Protective Service Officer positions.