Before You Hire a Security Officer . . .

Ask the right questions.

Jun 19, 2018

In a May 18 report, the Business Insider reported 101 mass shootings in the United States. Across the nation, businesses are adopting proactive measures to protect employees and workspaces by adding professional security officers to their team. 

Before you begin your search, consider these critical questions to ask and inherent traits to seek top-notch professional safety personnel.  

Questions to Ask a Security Applicant

1.  Do you have a license? It's important to know if the guard carries a license from your state’s Department of Public Safety. A license is proof that the applicant underwent a thorough screening, an extensive background check, and his/her fingerprints are on file. If you hire an unlicensed guard, you may risk the safety of your staff and workplace.

2.  What type of training have you had?

The standard security guard training contradicts the type of threats we see in our Country today; below are examples of

training that you may require.

  • Weapons Training (for armed guards): What training programs did you attend, and when? Do you have any training certificates I can view?
  • Scenarios: Discuss your experience with various types of threats, types of crowds, or people. Your guard should be able to assess situations and act.
  • Extensive Training: What is your experience with counterterrorism, and security techniques? Get the applicant to elaborate and give examples of situations for which he/she has experience.

3. How long have you been a security guard? Longevity shows stability and experience. All employers prefer solid track records of steady employment.

Required Traits

Fundamental qualities like trustworthiness, honesty, and integrity, are mandatory perquisites for all employees, but the bar for

security personnel is set a notch – or two higher.

  • Honesty: It's one of the top traits to seek. Security guards protect your staff, and your property, equipment, and other valuables. Honesty and integrity are priorities since guards have access much more than other employees. You won't need to worry about theft if you hire a security office with the highest level of integrity and honesty. 
  • Vigilance: Security officers need to avoid distractions while on duty; they need to have a keen sense of awareness at all times. Perpetrators are masters at their jobs and can easily slip in or out without detection; a vigilant guard will be able to spot any unusual activity at all times.
  • Physical Fitness: It's essential that security guards be in top physical shape to perform duties. They should have regular training sessions for strength and endurance to enable them to handle many situations with little effort.

Request References

Although this process may seem cumbersome, it’s an essential for any position and an absolutely-cannot-progress-forward-without-it when hiring a security officer. The information you glean ahead of time, not only assures you've made the right decision, it may prevent a minor situation from become a disaster.

Lofton Security specializes in unarmed and armed guard services.  We have been providing top security services since 1979. Our team is dedicated to client relationships. Based on your facilities security needs, Lofton can offer a comprehensive security plan to fit your specific requirements. Choose the best. Contact Lofton Security today.





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