At Paladin Secure Limited, we cover all aspects of the security industry. Heres a list of what you can expect from our operatives;
To the public, being a Door Supervisor is perhaps one the most visible and recognisable roles in the security industry.
Formerly known as ‘bouncers’, today however, Door Supervisors are fully SIA Licenced and have to be compliant with all their regulations. Primarily, their role is to be responsible for the safety and security of customers and staff in venues such as pubs, bars, nightclubs, and other licensed premises or at public events.
They spend most of their time at the premises' entrance, checking the suitability of people coming in. This may involve checking that the person is not underage or carrying any harmful substances or objects, such as drugs or weapons. They may also check that customers' attire meets the required dress code for the venue or event.
Door supervisors have the authority to refuse entry to anyone they consider unsuitable.
Door supervisors usually work in teams of two or more, depending on the size of the venue. They work closely with the police, first aid and emergency response teams, and venue management, maintaining constant contact with staff members and other security personnel via radio equipment. In large venues, they may use queue management techniques to avoid crushing and queue jumping.
Body searches may also be carried out and can involve the use of metal detectors to deter the carrying of weapons.
Working hours for door supervisors vary depending on the number of shifts they work, the opening hours of the venue and how long each shift is. A full-time door supervisor may work five days a week in shifts of up to eight hours, but part-time jobs are more common. Some work as door supervisors in addition to carrying out other full-time or part-time jobs. They work mainly in the evenings, especially at weekends and often into the early hours of the morning.
Working environments vary, although door supervisors tend to be spent long periods of time at the entrance to venues, working in all weather conditions. This may be combined with some duties patrolling inside the venue, which can often be very loud.
Although door supervisors provide a visible deterrent, their work environment puts them at risk of possible physical assault and injury. Good training is important to minimise this risk.
At first glance, the role of a CCTV operator may appear to be quite simplistic in nature – you sit at a chair, look at a screen all day, and the job is done! This, however, is a big misconception. What may seem to be a boring, static job is in fact, multi-faceted in nature, and at times, incredibly high-pressured.
Due to the increase in criminal activity and terror threats both globally and nationally, the use of CCTV has become increasingly widespread throughout the UK. Consequently, this has resulted in the corresponding high demand for skilled public surveillance operators in almost every industry and sector of the economy.
From commercial and corporate premises such as housing and retail complexes, council buildings and offices, to more sensitive locations such as educational establishments, hospitals and airports, it has become very apparent that the featuring of public surveillance security has become a norm, and a necessity. In fact, just seeing those CCTV cameras on the side of, or overlooking, a building can prove to be a very physical deterrent in the first place.
Today, the use of CCTV plays a vital role in keeping our communities safe, serving as a useful tool to prevent and reduce crime by way of recording evidence that could eventually be used in a court of law. But what can be expected of the person behind the screen?
Besides having a very keen eye, the basis of a CCTV operators’ role is to safeguard the public, protect property, and ensure the security of data. This job entrusts you with many responsibilities, ranging from operating and monitoring banks of screens, to reporting incidents as evidence, and potentially contacting the police and emergency services as, and when, required.
Dog handler security refers to having security professionals present who are specially trained to protect you, your business and your events in the most effective way through the means of searching people, vehicles and property with the help of highly trained security dogs.
As well as conducting searches, dog handler security guards and the dogs they work with are highly effective deterrents for all criminals and their activities. The mere presence of security dogs can mean that you can reduce the number of security guards required for many different premises, as the clearly advertised presence of dogs is often enough to deter intruders.
Effective dog handler security has the potential to protect commercial, industrial, and retail premises across the UK, alongside electronic, uniformed, and physical security measures where necessary. But when it comes to using security dogs as a means of protection for your property or premises, what can they offer you over other means of security?
It doesn’t matter what it is that you are protecting your property from; it could be preventing squatters from occupying your vacant property, or you may be protecting a full warehouse of goods, perhaps an isolated industrial estate from burglary or just maintaining crowd control at a public event, security guards with dogs are all fully trained to deal with all of these situations.
Having dogs is highly effective as a lone security guard may find themselves outnumbered in certain situations. People may feel brave enough to physically challenge a single guard, but taking on their loyal, four-legged companion is a totally different matter altogether.
They also provide a level of protection for your security guards as well, who will establish a good working relationship with their dog. This level of trust between the handlers and the security dogs is important which is why there is such great importance on training dog handlers and their dogs.
CP (Close Protection) Officer
Being a Close Protection Officer is a very specialised role for which specialist training is required. Unlike other security industry roles this comes with the very added risk of serious injury to the operative.
Close Protection involves offering personal security to people whose lives may be put in danger. These people are very often well known, high profile personalities, for instance, politicians, celebrities or the very wealthy. These people could have threats made on their lives, or perhaps they could be threatened with kidnapping (of themselves, or, members of their immediate family), harassment, possibly by stalkers, or even with the potential loss of highly confidential information or data, important to either themselves or a higher authority.
This is most clearly not a role suited to everybody, and as such, anyone wishing to undertake Close Protection should seriously give it much thought and consideration, as your first priority must always be the safety and wellbeing of your client, not your own! And furthermore, discretion is very much a necessity of this role.
Not only do you have to take in to account the personal risks to your own health and safety, you also have to be aware that you will be expected to be on duty whenever your client expects you to be. You could be called upon to be in any part of the country, or even the world, at short notice and therefore expected to be ready to travel at any time. Basically, this no nine to five job.
For instance, you could be required early in the morning as your client has important meetings to attend, and then they could have other activities booked for the rest of the day for which your services will continue to be required. The day could then perhaps finish with some sort of social function or gathering in the evening, lasting long in to the night. At all times you would need to be alert and professional, knowing that you could be called in to action at any time.
Because of where you may be expected to go in this role, being in Close Protection can be seen as very glamourous, especially if it means you are mixing with the rich and famous. However, in reality, it can be dangerous and very stressful as you will probably be working long hours without a break, during which time you must remain alert and vigilant whilst being constantly observant of not only your client, but also of anyone else that they may come into contact with.
Probably the second most noticeable role in the security industry, primarily as Stewards are always seen in their high viz tops at any big public celebrations or events, or at any outdoor sporting event or concerts and festivals.
Unlike most security industry roles, Stewards do not require a licence from the SIA (Security Industry Authority).
The primary role of a Steward is to ensure and maintain crowd control, making sure that attendees are only where they are permitted to be, or that they can only use crossings when permission is granted, depending upon activities around that site. At football matches, for instance, under current ground regulations, it is the role of Stewards to ensure that all fans remain seated, and do not stand, during the game.
As part of your duties, you may also be required to move equipment, such as safety barriers, prior to and at the conclusion of, an event.
At major public events, Stewards will be the frontline representatives of that event and therefore will be expected to politely interact with members of the public at all times, especially as they may have questions that will require answering. At briefings prior to the actual event, it is therefore important that you make sure you know where the nearest toilets, crossing point or travel locations are in relation to your designated position, and at what times specific individual events are due to take place, and where. Finally, what time is the event expected to finish.
Only once the gathering has completely been dispersed will your duties be completed.
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