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What Are the Differences Between Security Officers and Security Guards?

What Are the Differences Between Security Officers and Security Guards?

While the general public probably thinks the terms “security officer” and “security guard” are interchangeable, the reality is that they’re quite different.  In general, guards have a lower rank than officers. It’s most likely that an officer oversees a guard or set of guards, giving orders and ensuring that overall operations are accomplished.

Security guards don’t have as much experience as security officers. Typically, officers have been guards, starting out, and then, over many years, developed into officers with many years of experience, wisdom, training and knowledge, allowing them to guide guards. Oftentimes, officers used to be active police officers and/or served in the military, where discipline was highly valued.

Security Guards vs Security OfficersNormally, a guard is stationed at one location, standing guard. They’ll monitor their assigned area, report suspicious activity, and provide helpful information to visitors who ask questions like, “Where are the restrooms?” Officers, on the other hand, are more mobile. They’ll travel to various locations, checking on guards. They take a leadership “big picture” role in security operations.

What are some things security guards are trained in? They handle client care, conflict resolution, risk management/awareness, and de-escalation techniques. Officers, meanwhile, handle all of that and then some– going through additional training and workshops. It’s not unusual for security officers to know about the powers of arrest, bomb threats, evacuation procedure planning, and the use of fire panels.

Finally, security guards are under the supervision of a security officer. A security officer may have a supervisor and/or report directly to their security company.

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Why Special Events Are Often a Security Risk

Why Special Events Are Often a Security Risk

Why are special events a security risk? Typically, special events involve individuals who may be famous or controversial. Take, for instance, political rallies where there are polarizing persons running for office… some people might love them and others might dislike them. A controversial person with “detractors” can attract those who purposely want to cause trouble… Continue Reading

How Security Officers Improve Corporate Events

How Security Officers Improve Corporate Events

Sometimes people think security officers are just for entertainers or politicians, but the truth is they are needed and utilized for all sorts of people, including those planning and attending business events. Businesses involve people, products/services, and money. Whenever money is involved, one must be wary of who’s coming around. It could be a disgruntled… Continue Reading

When You  Should Consider Having an Executive Protection Officer Nearby

When You Should Consider Having an Executive Protection Officer Nearby

When should executives consider having protection? If they ever feel the need to be physically shielded from maddening crowds or angry workers, then they should have at least one executive protection officer around them. Furthermore, in today’s world, executives may need protection officers to help protect “codes,” “keys,” and other important data and/or computer-related information… Continue Reading

Tips for Preventing Fraud In Your Business

Tips for Preventing Fraud In Your Business

We want to think of people as inherently good and trustworthy but the reality is that some steal and/or commit crimes. Businesses and organizations lose revenue due to employee fraud. Detection and prevention become important to many businesses and organizations in order to combat this almost inevitable problem. Types of fraud can involve the misappropriation… Continue Reading

Why Businesses Should Have a Drug Testing Policy

Why Businesses Should Have a Drug Testing Policy

Why do some employers test for drugs? Well for starters, they mess with a persons’ ability to do their jobs (and their lives) in a proper way. Drugs have a way of altering the mind, body and soul whereas the end results are, simply, bad. Would you want a drug addict watching your child? No.… Continue Reading