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Security Officer

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.
  • Working conditions
    Security officers usually do shiftwork and may work at nights, on weekends and public holidays.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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