One of the most common uses of a security officer is to ensure that there is always a physical presence at what would otherwise be an unoccupied location. This will deter the vast majority of intrusion attempts, but the individuals trusted to man the empty posts must be of the utmost trustworthiness.
Ideally the hiring process filters out the unqualified individuals, and basic interview and verification procedures that all industries use are sufficient. Often times our clients wish to conduct interviews with the potential officers themselves. All of our officers are given criminal history checks, and many undergo additional checks and clearances when positioned at particular sites. For example, working on or near a federal or state government property may require an FBI background check, performing even basic medical procedures mare require an EMT license, and any officers working at a school need several distinct background checks to be cleared before even setting foot on the property.
The majority of the effort is made afterwards, by establishing the standard of conduct, and making sure that the officer is aware not only of policies and procedures, but also that infractions will be discovered and acted upon. Frequent site checks by their managers and road supervisors help avoid a sense of isolation, especially in remote posts and on night shifts when the officer may not expect to be disturbed. As with most aspects of security, the quality of the security operation is directly tied to the quality of the local management.
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