frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
What do Security Officers do?
What authority do Security Officers have?
Security Officers have the same basic authority as private civilians. The scope of their responsibilities depends on their job description. In general, they have the authority to maintain order on the premises that they are hired to protect, which may include detaining a suspect who poses a security breach. However, a Security Officer has no legal right to arrest anyone; successfully trained Security Officers learn how to work closely with law enforcement officers foster respectful, mutually beneficial professional relationships.
What skills do Security Officers need?
In order to manage potentially dangerous situations, Security Officers should be clear communicators who can remain calm enough under pressure to assess and de-escalate volatile situations. They must successfully use their training to identify and respond to threats, quickly follow and execute standard security procedures, assist during medical emergencies and correctly operate security equipment.
Why do Security Officers need licenses?
Licensed Security Officers are specially trained professionals who play a critical organizational role. The training to become a Security Officer is specialized and includes standard security protocol, working knowledge of security technology and equipment, and understanding the process of emergency response.
Are Security Officers first responders?
Security Officers can serve as first responders. Highly trained Security Officers who have the skills to assess and secure a scene and perform CPR, first aid and other life-saving procedures may be trusted to respond quickly and appropriately when an emergency occurs. However, this is not a standard Security Officer duty.
Do Security Officers have to pass any physical requirements or tests?
As of right now, there are no states in the US that require a fitness test to become a Security Officer. However, many companies do a physical screening to ensure that the prospects can perform the job that they are applying for. To be safe, you can either read the job description for the job you want or call for more information about the employers’ physical requirements.
Is there a difference between a Security Guard and a Security Officer?
Not officially; the title is often used interchangeably.
What are the requirements for becoming an Unarmed Security Officer?
To become an Unarmed Security Officer in NC/SC, you must be a US Citizen or resident alien who is at least 18 years old. You must be both mentally competent and have good moral character, with no drug or alcohol dependency.
What are the requirements for becoming an Armed Security Officer?
To become an Armed Security Officer in NC/SC, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien, have no criminal history, complete course for unarmed Security Officer training plus an additional 20 hours of firearms training and score 80% or above on firearm qualification.