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  • Writer's pictureSam Wilks

The Modern Security Professional

As society evolves, so too does the landscape of security in the twenty-first century. We are witnessing an uptick in challenges such as workplace violence, terrorism, and corporate theft, propelled by adversaries who wield sophisticated technology and are often backed by substantial resources. This complex threat matrix has spurred both the government and private sectors to adopt equally advanced countermeasures.

The role of the security officer has transcended traditional boundaries, morphing into a profession that demands a higher degree of professionalism and expertise. Today’s security personnel are encouraged to pursue continuous education and training, viewing their role not just as a job but as a career within a burgeoning industry. Such dedication to professional conduct—adhering to ethical standards, maintaining integrity both on and off duty, and understanding the repercussions of misconduct—is paramount.

The expectation for security officers to uphold the highest standards, comparable to those of police forces, underscores a universal principle across professions: the necessity of abiding by established rules and regulations. It's imperative that security officers conduct themselves in a manner that preserves the dignity of their role and the interests of their clients, avoiding actions that could tarnish their profession's reputation.

Ironically, while some may perceive security officers as either overly passive or unduly restrictive, the safety and security enjoyed in various public and private spaces are largely attributable to their vigilant efforts. Their role is critical in ensuring public safety at events, airports, shopping centers, and numerous other venues where people gather, often working during times when most are celebrating with loved ones.

As someone at the helm of security training, the aim is to navigate these changing tides while holding fast to the timeless virtues of character, integrity, and rigorous training. These principles form the bedrock of the security profession and are non-negotiable in the quest to safeguard society against the ever-evolving tactics of criminals and terrorists. Our commitment to a steadfast code of ethics—a manifesto of our profession—remains unwavering, serving as the foundation upon which trust between security services and the public is built.  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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