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Working As A Lead Security 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

  • $30,160

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Security 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 Lead Security 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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Lead Security Officer Career Paths

Lead Security Officer
Program Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Police Officer Lieutenant
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Project Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Sales Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Area Supervisor Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Director Operations Manager Terminal Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Police Officer Security Officer
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
General Manager Security Officer Loss Prevention Manager
Loss Prevention/Safety Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Site Manager
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Safety Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Correction Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Director Account Manager District Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Director 4.0 years
Security Manager 3.6 years
Head Of Security 3.1 years
Security Officer 2.3 years
Security Agent 2.2 years
Security Assistant 2.2 years
Security 2.0 years
Security Guard 1.9 years
Security Monitor 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 4.6%
Supervisor 3.4%
Manager 3.0%
Officer 2.6%
Internship 2.5%
Security 1.9%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 4.5%
Manager 3.6%
Driver 3.1%
Security 2.3%

Lead Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.7%

Female

25.1%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

German

5.0%

French

5.0%

Italian

3.8%

Portuguese

2.5%

Swedish

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Estonian

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Norwegian

1.3%

Teochew

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%
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Lead Security Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

Columbia Southern University

5.6%

Colorado Technical University

5.6%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Ashford University

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

The Academy

3.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

Remington College

3.9%

Cerritos College

3.9%

Western Illinois University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Illinois State University

3.3%

Ashworth College

3.3%

College of Southern Nevada

3.3%

American University

3.3%

Hinds Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

33.2%

Business

19.7%

Psychology

5.2%

General Studies

4.9%

Management

3.7%

Communication

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Law Enforcement

2.9%

Finance

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Homeland Security

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%

Sociology

1.8%

Law

1.8%

Medical Assisting Services

1.7%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

33.9%

Bachelors

29.2%

Associate

16.9%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Lead Security Officer

SecurityProceduresSecurityPersonnelEmergencySituationsFacilityNewSecurityOfficersCustomerServiceDailyActivitiesCctvIncidentReportsEnsureComplianceControlAccessLocalLawEnforcementDataEntrySuperviseSuspiciousActivityLossPreventionPropertyDamageSecurityServicesMedicalEmergenciesSecurityStaff

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Top Lead Security Officer Skills

  1. Security Procedures
  2. Security Personnel
  3. Emergency Situations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Train the Security Personnel in all security drills and security procedures laid down in the Standing Orders.
  • Schedule random audits to ensure security personnel are adhering to operational requirements set forth by the Company.
  • Manage emergency situations on property.
  • Perform regular facility assessments identifying conditions or hazards and security risks.
  • Determined when written incident reports were required, and assisted new security officers with generating required reports, as needed.

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Lead Security Officer Videos

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