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What Is the objective for a security officer?

Updated July 19, 2017

Security officers are in charge of handling the safety at places such as dance clubs, museums, office and government buildings, and other public facilities. Their objectives are to make sure the premises are safe and that everyone on the property has a legal right to be there.

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Most security officers need to receive a license before being hired by an establishment. Becoming licensed typically consists of a drug test, a background check and class work.


The primary role of security officers is to protect the lives or property of their clients. In a club, that may mean maintaining order among patrons. At a private residence or public facility, it means preventing or dealing with theft or vandalism. and other safety hazards.

Maintaining order

Security officers must be alert to suspicious activity and know how to handle any threatening situation. When it comes to maintaining order, guards need to use common sense and good judgment.


Employment for security officers in the UK is expected to grow to 2,265,000 jobs in 2020, up from 2.195,000 in 2013, according to the National Careers Service.


According to the National Careers Service, most security officers earned anywhere from £12,000 and £15,000 per year as at May 2014. Experienced security officers might earn up to £20,000 a year.

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About the Author

Sam Amico is a reporter for NBA.com and worked as a writer and editor at daily newspapers for more than a decade, covering everything from rock concerts to college football to courts and crime. He attended Kent State University and is the author of the book, "A Basketball Summer." He also is the co-host of a nationally-syndicated television show, "The Wine & Gold Zone."

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