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Working As A Custom Protection Officer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $92,570

    Average Salary

What Does A Custom Protection Officer Do

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity.

Duties

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers typically do the following:

  • Protect and enforce laws on an employer’s property
  • Monitor alarms and closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras
  • Control access for employees and visitors
  • Conduct security checks over a specified area
  • Write reports on what they observed while on duty
  • Serve as witnesses for court testimony
  • Detain violators

Security guards, also called security officers, protect property, enforce rules on the property, and deter criminal activity. Some guards are assigned a stationary position from which they monitor alarms or surveillance cameras. Other guards are assigned a patrol area where they conduct security checks.

Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators act as security agents for casinos. Using audio and video equipment in an observation room, they watch casino operations for suspicious activities, such as cheating and theft, and monitor compliance with rules, regulations, and laws. They maintain and organize recordings from security cameras, which are sometimes used as evidence in police investigations.

Guards and officers must remain alert, looking out for anything unusual. In an emergency, they are required to call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards are armed.

A security guard’s responsibilities vary from one employer to another. In retail stores, guards protect people, records, merchandise, money, and equipment. They may work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers and employees, detain shoplifting suspects until the police arrive, and patrol parking lots.

In office buildings, banks, hotels, and hospitals, guards maintain order and protect the organization’s customers, staff, and property.

Guards who work in museums and art galleries protect paintings and exhibits by watching people and inspecting the contents of patrons’ handbags.

In factories, government buildings, and military bases, security guards protect workers and equipment and check the credentials of people and vehicles entering and leaving the premises.

Guards working in parks and at sports stadiums control crowds, supervise parking and seating, and direct traffic.

Security guards stationed at the entrances to bars and nightclubs keep underage people from entering, collect cover charges, and maintain order among customers.

Security guards working in schools and universities patrol the buildings and grounds, looking for suspicious activity.

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How To Become A Custom Protection Officer

Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma. Gaming surveillance officers sometimes need experience with security and video surveillance. Most states require guards to be registered with the state, especially if they carry a firearm.

Education

Security guards generally need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some jobs may not have any education requirements. Gaming surveillance officers also need a high school diploma or equivalent and may need experience with video surveillance technology depending upon assignment.

Training

Although most employers provide instruction for newly hired guards, the amount of training they receive varies. Most guards, however, learn their job in a few weeks. During those few weeks, training from their employer typically covers emergency procedures, detention of suspected criminals, and proper communication.

Many states recommend that security guards receive approximately 8 hours of pre-assignment training, 8–16 hours of on-the-job training, and 8 hours of annual training. This may include training in protection, public relations, report writing, deterring crises, first aid, and other specialized training related to the guard’s assignment.

Training is more rigorous for armed guards because they require weapons training. Armed guards may be tested periodically in the use of firearms.

For gaming surveillance officers and investigators, some employers prefer candidates with previous work experience in casinos or individuals with a background in law enforcement. Experience with video technology can also be helpful in using surveillance systems and software.

Drug testing may be required as a condition of employment and randomly during employment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require that guards be registered with the state in which they work. Although registration requirements vary by state, basic qualifications for candidates are as follows:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete training

Guards who carry weapons usually must be registered by the appropriate government authority. Armed guard positions have more stringent background checks and entry requirements than those of unarmed guards. Rigorous hiring and screening programs, including background, criminal record, and fingerprint checks, are required for armed guards in most states.

Some jobs may also require a driver's license.

Advancement

Some guards advance to supervisory or security manager positions. Those with experience or postsecondary education should have an advantage. Armed security guards have a greater potential for advancement and enjoy higher earnings.

Some guards with management skills open their own security guard business. Guards can also move to an organization that needs higher levels of security, which may result in more prestige or higher pay.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Guards and officers must be able to quickly determine the best course of action when a dangerous situation arises. 

Patience. Security guards and officers may need to spend long periods standing and observing their environment without distractions.

Observation skills. Guards and officers must be alert and aware of their surroundings, and be able to quickly recognize anything out of the ordinary.

Physical strength. Guards must be strong enough to apprehend offenders and to handle emergency situations.

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Custom Protection Officer Career Paths

Custom Protection Officer
Protective Officer Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Security
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Deputy Program Manager
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Protective Officer Public Safety Officer Police Officer
Chief Of Police
11 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Police Officer Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Transportation Security Officer Security Manager Security Director
Director Of Public Safety
11 Yearsyrs
Area Supervisor Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Patrol Officer Police Officer Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Case Manager Investigator
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Securities Consultant Security Officer
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Site Manager Facilities Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Transportation Security Officer Driver Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Area Supervisor Security Officer Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Instructor Security Officer
Security Site Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Security Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Patrol Officer Field Training Officer Security Officer
Security, Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Operations Director Chief Of Operations
Senior Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Correction Officer Public Safety Officer
Senior Security Officer
6 Yearsyrs
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Custom Protection Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.6%

Female

26.9%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6%

French

8.8%

German

4.4%

Arabic

4.4%

Greek

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Kurdish

1.1%

Irish

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Georgian

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Custom Protection Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.8%

Kaplan University

7.9%

Miami Dade College

7.5%

Strayer University

6.7%

The Academy

5.6%

American InterContinental University

5.2%

American University

5.2%

Florida International University

4.8%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

Liberty University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

Broward College

3.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.2%

Hillsborough Community College

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Keiser University

2.8%

Saint Leo University

2.8%

Grand Canyon University

2.8%

University of Alabama

2.4%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

57.9%

Business

8.9%

Law Enforcement

5.6%

Psychology

3.3%

Homeland Security

2.9%

Law

2.3%

General Studies

2.1%

Criminology

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Management

1.8%

Accounting

1.5%

Communication

1.3%

Medical Technician

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.2%

Computer Science

1.1%

Automotive Technology

1.1%

Legal Support Services

1.0%

Nursing

0.9%

Finance

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Other

26.0%

Associate

18.0%

Masters

8.7%

Certificate

7.7%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Custom Protection Officer

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  1. Security Personnel
  2. Safety Hazards
  3. Vehicle Patrols
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  • Work with First Data corporate security personnel to resolve security related issues.
  • Patrol inside and outside the facility securing the property by identifying and eliminating, potential safety hazards.
  • Conduct vehicle patrols/foot patrols of interior/exterior property.
  • Patrolled interior and exterior, checked identification, monitored cameras, responded to emergency situations, and documented necessary reports.
  • Patrol assigned areas looking for suspicious activity.

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