A security guard is expected to protect people, property, and information including its confidentiality. Although some situations may require physical force, a security guard is mainly expected to observe, prevent, and report incidents in order to maintain good public relations.
The summary of the main roles of a security guard are:
- Protect people and the property of his or her clients
- Prevent the occurrence of an incident and act appropriately in response
- Be observant and report the course of an incident
The differences between law enforcement and private security are as follows.
Law enforcement provides law enforcement services that are funded by the government for general public safety and well-being.
Private security is a self-employed or privately owned security service business dedicated to the protection of clients and their property for a fee. These services are often limited to the property of the client.
Responsibilities to the employer are he or she must ensure the protection of premises and property throughout their security detail. They must prevent, deter, and react in an appropriate manner to threats to ensure the normal development of daily activities. These duties must be performed without impacting the employers’ business activities.
The security guard must provide assistance to public that comes in contact with the clients’ property. They are able to enforce the law on private property by performing arrests, observations, and reports to aid in investigations and crime scene preservation, in addition to providing witness testimony.
A security guard must understand the dimension of their responsibilities and their importance in daily interactions with the public to perform safe and successful operations as required by the employer and in accordance with the PSISA of 2005.