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Responsibilities of a Private Security Manager

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A private security manager's overall function is to plan and oversee security operation systems and programs while providing the safety of an organization, entity or facility. Planning, management and reporting are core responsibilities of this position. A private security manager is distinct from a law enforcement official, such as a police officer, since such a manager works for a company and not for the government. As such, private security managers have more limited rights as far as detaining people and/or carrying weapons, depending on state law, than police officers do.


Many people come to work in private security from a law enforcement or military background. In other words, police officers or military personnel who wish to enter the civilian workforce may become private security guards or private security managers. While the exact qualifications vary from job to job, generally individuals must begin as security guards and work their way up to management positions. A background check, a drug test, and other related testing may be required. Many security guards do not carry firearms or guns, but if you work in a job that requires you to have a weapon, you will also need to have a concealed carry license obtained from the jurisdiction in which you work.


Private security managers must analyze statistics and information to ensure a safe, secure environment. They must identify weaknesses in building security and act to resolve them. Security policies, practices and procedures must be put in place and executed. Revisions to existing protocol are sometimes necessary. Security managers must also hire appropriate security guard personnel and take any other steps necessary to ensure that the building they are charged with protecting is secure.


A private security manager must consult with management in making improvements upon or executing security standards that respect state and federal regulations. This position also requires all federal and state reporting regulations to be fulfilled. These regulations vary depending on industry and type of security work performed, so a private security manager must be familiar with these laws to ensure compliance.


Private security managers are responsible for developing unique and specific programs to train security personnel and employees properly in security actions and protocol. A manager also will lead, teach and communicate with employees and security officers. In some cases, private security managers also hire security guards and security personnel and/or write reports and reviews, as well as recommend employees for raises or termination.


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