A security officer can have many different responsibilities depending on what type of position they are placed in. For instance, an officer whose primary duties are checking in vehicles or visitors might be there primarily for documentation and combating liability, whereas one in a concierge position may be focused on providing customer service responsibilities.
In almost all cases, however, regardless of what duties a security officer is performing, an underlying purpose and benefit of their deployment is deterrence against unwanted intrusion or interruption by persons that have no legitimate reason to be there, and controlling access to the property when an attempt to enter is made.
When creating a security plan, it is necessary to coordinate any duties or tasks that a security officer is given with the basic functions of assets protection. If an officer needs to leave their main post or divert their attention to a different task, it must be done in a manner that does not leave the guarded area vulnerable. The most basic solution is to have regular patrols that broadcast to any outsider that the area is being monitored by a live security presence. This is not a catch-all solution however, and as always the best operations plan will be tailored to a property’s specific needs.