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What Qualities Make a Great Security Officer?

January 29, 2020

Are you looking to hire new security officers to protect your company? Not all security officer services are the same. Before you sign up with a security firm, take your time and evaluate their security officers to make sure they are the best fit to protect your employees and resources. Don't know what to look for? Don't worry USI security has you covered! Here are some of the top attributes you should look for in security officers.

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Perceptive of Warning Signs

The best security guards are constantly alert while on duty. Security officers need to be aware of their surroundings so they can be prepared to stop criminal acts. If an officer is unobservant or distracted, they could overlook something that could put the lives of your employees in jeopardy.

Well Trained

Security guards need to be well trained to assess and handle any potential threats. This training should be extensive, and enable security officers to respond appropriately to a number of different situations. At USI security, our officers receive annual training covering various topics such as:

  • Emergency procedures
  • Fire and life safety
  • Prevention and response
  • Liability avoidance
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • CPR and AED
  • Crime and crime prevention
  • Crowd control
  • Effective report writing
  • Effective security patrols


It is incredibly important that security officers are always punctual and reliable. If a security officer shows up late or misses their shift completely, then their lack of dependability will leave your business and employees unprotected. A first-rate security officer should never leave their post unattended so they do not miss any illicit activity.

Physically Fit

Whether a security officer is guarding a mall or an office building, they should maintain an excellent level of physical fitness. In the case of an altercation, security officers need to be strong enough to break up the fight. However, security officers should not just be bulky, as they also need to have the endurance and speed to chase down a thief if necessary.

Good Communicator

Strong communication skills are another attribute you will find in any top-notch security officer. Officers need to be able to communicate clearly with your employees and other members of the security team in the event of an emergency. They should also have excellent written communication skills, as security officers will need to write thorough reports if any incidents occur on their watch.

USI Security | Security Officer Training and Staffing

For the past 28 years, USI has created safe, secure environments for commercial and government employees and customers by investing in our people, innovation and relationships. As engaged owner-operators, our investment begins with recruitment and screening to ensure we have the right people and continues through our policies and practices that enable USI to properly train and retain the best personnel.

USI is engaged in supporting your security and business by developing customized security solutions that support your objectives while cost-effectively minimizing risk. Clients receive continuous support from a highly responsive team of professionals including owners, management, field supervisors and officers. Our commitment to quality includes field inspections and audits, as well as investments in innovative solutions for continuous training and compliance.

Take a look at our “Security Officer Checklist” to ensure that you find the right officers to meet your building’s complex needs.

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