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  • Writer's pictureSam Wilks

Who wants to become a Security Officer?

In the realm of security, a diverse array of individuals are drawn to the profession, from public law enforcement officers to private security personnel. John A. LaPointe, a psychologist who has written extensively on the matter, characterises public security workers as individuals of action, often driven by a blend of adrenaline-seeking behaviours and complex psychological traits that closely mirror those found in the very adversaries they stand against. This revelation underscores the critical importance of psychological assessments in the hiring process for law enforcement positions, ensuring those chosen are fit for the demanding nature of their duties.

On the flip side, the private sector attracts a different breed, often marked by a blend of adventure seekers and those with a strong desire to serve and protect. These individuals, encompassing roles from emergency services to human services, share a common thread of being propelled by early life influences towards careers that demand a high level of responsibility and adherence to a moral and ethical code.

The security field is stratified into various echelons, from the frontline uniformed guards, often drawn from less advantaged backgrounds, to the higher tiers of specialists and managers, often with backgrounds in law enforcement (often to their detriment). This hierarchy reflects not only a diversity of roles but also the complexity of security needs across different settings.

Despite the range of backgrounds and motivations that bring individuals into security, a unifying factor remains: the commitment to safeguarding others. Whether driven by the thrill of the job, a deep-seated desire to make a difference, or the practicalities of employment, those in security roles embody a unique blend of traits tailored to meet the demands of their challenging profession.

The challenges faced by security personnel, both in public law enforcement and private security, are immense, extending from the psychological toll of their work to the physical dangers inherent in their roles. The portrayal of these individuals in the media often fails to capture the depth of their commitment and the complexities of their experiences. The taxpayer-funded ABC often uses sensationalism to demonise and incentivise violent discourse against those who guard society for click-bait value.

In reflecting on the sacrifices and the often-unseen struggles of those in security and law enforcement, it's essential to recognise their critical role in maintaining the fabric of society. Their work, marked by moments of heroism and vulnerability, demands not only our respect but also a nuanced understanding of the intricacies of their profession and the personal toll it exacts.  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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