What is the Difference Between a Security Guard and a Security Officer?

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Outside of the security industry, the terms ‘security guard’ and ‘security officer’ are sometimes used interchangeably. However, there are actually quite a few differences in the roles that officers and guards play in a security operation. In this blog, we will talk about these differences, and discuss the key roles and requirements that guards and officers have.

Security Officers

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The main difference between a security officer and a security guard is that an officer plays more of a managerial role, overlooking a security operation and not necessarily being hands-on with the minute-by-minute tasks.

Security officers will work with security guards, delegating positions and tasks to ensure that the security is running smoothly and without any hiccups. As security officers are more managerial, they tend to bear the burden of responsibility of the security team and their performance – how successful the security is throughout an event is a reflection of the security officer.

Security officers are likely to be very experienced in the security sector and can sometimes be tasked with training guards.

Security Guards

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Security guards are the face of any security operation. These are the people that the public will see when they attend an event or venue where security is present. Under instruction from the security officers, the guard will observe and report any activity that they may feel is suspicious or will negatively affect the event. After being the go-ahead from the security officer, they will then take the necessary steps to sort any issues out.

Security guards do not need to have as much experience as security officers, however, they may be asked to complete a fitness and/or IQ test. As security guards are public-facing, they will need to have good interpersonal skills and be able to assist the public, whether that be with safety concerns or simply being asked for directions.

Contact Umbrella Security

If you are in need of experienced, professional and effective security officers and guards, then Umbrella Security is the company for you. We offer our services across the UK, being available in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and beyond.

If you would like to enquire with us about our security services, please feel free to get in contact by filling out our online enquiry form or by calling us on 0121 554 276.

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