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Security Officer

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Security Officer/Guard
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Provides security for all kinds of premises and businesses and their staff.


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1Total Records: 2

Margaret Donaghue
Prison Officer  

After completing her Leaving Cert, Margaret pursued a career in administration based roles, and completed several courses in this field. This training has proven invaluable for her current position in the Prison Service, where she continues her training within the Service towards a Higher Certificate in Custodial Care in IT Sligo.

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Paul Harding
Prison Officer  

Paul completed his Leaving Cert and went to college to pursue his interests in science. After college he chose to join the Prison service, and has worked there since. The Prison service offers a great work / life balance and while challenging, provides Paul with many opportunities to progress his career.

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The Work header image

As a security officer, you could work for all kinds of organisations. Your role could vary depending on the industry you work in, and could include:

  • patrolling, securing and monitoring premises, sometimes helped by closed circuit television (CCTV)
  • guarding cash or other valuables in a security vehicle that is travelling between locations (in transit)
  • airport security - searching aircraft, passengers and luggage, and guarding the airport boundaries
  • supervising on the door for a large organisation
 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.

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Write reports of daily activities and irregularities such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.

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Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.

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Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.

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Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property.

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Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.

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Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.

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Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.

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Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.

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Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To become a security officer, you will need to have:

  • a mature and responsible attitude to work
  • honesty
  • a polite and helpful manner
  • a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • the ability to write short reports and follow written instructions
  • the confidence to challenge people when necessary
  • the ability to use your initiative and make quick decisions, for example to deal with unexpected situations or in an emergency
  • the ability to work with technical equipment such as CCTV.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Door Supervisor - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Neighbourhood Warden - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Security Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Go..Security Service Personnel - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Security Systems Installer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Store Detective - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Private Security Authority
  Address: Davis Street, Tipperary Town
  Tel: 062 31588
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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA)
  Address: Security Centre, Unit 1A, IDA Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 690 5736
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Security Institute of Ireland
  Address: Unit W9G, Ladytown Business Park, Naas Co Kildare
  Tel: (045) 409 222
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Training (ISIT)
  Address: ISIT Skillnet, Security Centre, Unit 1, IDA Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co.Dublin
  Tel: (01) 690 5738
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