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 entry
watch 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 authority
record times of inspections and presence of authorised persons
respond to alarms and check alarm systems
provide armed escort for payroll deliveries
observe and report suspects to police, or apprehend offenders when appropriate and detain them until police arrive
monitor computer alarm systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and communicate by radio with mobile units to attend alarms
issue security passes, give directions and make security arrangements for authorised visitors
check travellers and their hand luggage to detect concealed weapons and explosives
detect and report fraud, shoplifting and other unlawful acts by employees or patrons of business establishments
provide 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)
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.