Is Your Future In The Security Industry?
The security industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Europe, Great Britain, and the United States. Far from being a ‘mall cop’ characterization, you will find that you have a vast opportunity before you, should you select a career in the security industry.
If you are considering the military as an option for your career, you may find just as much challenge and satisfaction in training in the security industry. Your training will cover not only surveillance and threat assessment techniques, but weapons handling and close combat as well. It’s all based on the level of training you prefer, as well as the risk level you are willing to accept.
While the military does offer many advantages, such a relocation and retraining opportunities after you leave the forces, you can develop those same skills as a Security Officer, and make more money. With the increased income, you can plan for your own retirement and relocation, if you want to.
You have to receive a license to make a living in the security industry. These licenses are issued by the SIA, or Security Industry Authority, and must be renewed on a regular basis. These renewals vary in requirements, from application to further training and evaluation. You can receive training in many different places that have been certified by SIA. The more specialized your training, the fewer locations you may find for your convenience.
Types of Training
On category of training involves certification and licensing to guard cash or other valuables as they are in transit. This type of SO work is classified as front line, and usually requires you to have background training available from HABC, LASER, or NOCN.
Other people are attracted to the idea of close protection. This is one of the more profitable areas of security, but is also more dangerous in certain circumstances. As a Close Protection Officer, you’ll have training in triage and providing life support, as well as other medical training. This is because it is your responsibility to maintain the lives of the person or people you are hired to protect alive in case they are injured.
The CPO will also be trained in close combat, both armed and unarmed. Advanced drivers training is also required, because you will need the ability to plan routes. Other aspects of advanced driving training are the ability to perform an IED search, drive evasively, and perform risk assessment and risk management. You’ll learn to search vehicles and people legally.
Door supervision is another task for which you can receive security certification. As a licensed door supervisor, you may actually be placed in dangerous situations, depending on the customer. Highly secure facilities, of course, will carry more risk. Therefore, you’ll be trained to perform risk assessment and containment, as well as individual skills for diffusing various threatening situations.
There are also SO certifications for non front-line activities. A key holder, for instance, is such a security job.
Fred Burns enjoys writing about the security industry and anything else to do with it. He’s worked in the industry for years and is currently help recruit ex military and the unemployed over at a Crossdeck Ex-Forces Jobs