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  • Writer's pictureSam Wilks

The Guardian

The constant evolution of societal threats in our time, which range from corporate theft to workplace violence and terrorism, defines security. These threats, both domestic and international, are undeniably on the rise. Advanced terror networks, frequently supported by significant technological and financial resources from domestic and foreign states and well-funded extremists, are to blame for this increase. They call for equally advanced countermeasures from both public and private security organisations.

In response, the role of the security officer has transformed significantly. Today's security officers are expected to embody a higher degree of professionalism, pursuing continuous education and training to enhance their skill set. Viewing this role as a distinguished career is essential, given that it has burgeoned into a multibillion-dollar industry.

A security officer must maintain an impeccable standard of conduct to avoid any potential liability or criticism towards themselves or their employer. This includes adhering to a stringent ethical code and upholding honesty and integrity in both professional and personal spheres. Any deviation or misconduct risks disciplinary measures.

Present-day security companies demand from their officers a level of educational and behavioural standards that parallels many police forces. The concept of professional conduct remains constant across professions: there are foundational standards that are not to be compromised. The security officer must act in a manner that neither brings disrepute to their office nor to the client.

The role often involves working under minimal supervision during potentially vulnerable hours, like late nights or weekends. It is during these times that a professional's mettle is tested, as complacency can lead to lapses in security. A dedicated security officer recognises this and strives even harder to maintain vigilance.

While it may sometimes appear that security officers are either overly restrictive or not actively engaged, it is precisely their vigilant presence that ensures the safety and security of various venues—a fact often overlooked until it is compromised.

Security officers are the unsung custodians of safety, working tirelessly even during holidays and family gatherings to facilitate our peaceful enjoyment of public spaces. They deserve our gratitude for maintaining the secure environments that allow us to live without fear in public spaces.

As a trainer for private security, it is my goal to adapt continuously to the evolving tactics of those who threaten our security. Yet, some aspects must remain constant—namely the character, integrity, and training of our security officers. There can be no compromise on these critical elements. Our company, like many others in the industry, adheres to a code of ethics likely to stand the test of time, a testament to the enduring values that define our profession. We understand that our reputation depends on it.

From the author.

The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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