Posted 02/12/2013 by Bill Whitmore
Antiquated notions of low skilled security officers have long been pushed aside. Today’s security officer receives state-of-the-art training, works in a variety of government and private institutions and can climb the ranks into account and executive management if their ambition and zeal to learn and grow is strong.
We have come a long way from when the physical security industry was a small market sector. According to the 2012 Freedonia report, the U.S. market for security officer and patrol services will increase 5.2 percent annually to $24.5 billion in 2016. This market will clearly benefit from continued growth, and increased training and regulations for security officers.
The national respect for security officers did not happen in a vacuum. We owe significant gratitude to the National Association of Security Companies
(NASCO), the nation’s largest contract security industry association. NASCO is dedicated to promoting standards and professionalism for private security officers, participating in federal and state legislative and policy on issues affecting private security, and advocating for raising standards at the federal, state and local level for the licensing of private security firms.
Our thanks is also owed to ASIS International
which is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productiveness of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests including the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits.
The security officers themselves are also credited for the professionalism of our industry as they voluntarily complete training programs offered by their employers and go above and beyond every day. Security officers are a respected resource and serve as a first line of defense, working in partnership with law enforcement.
We are proud to be part of this flourishing, vital sector that works round-the-clock to keep the people, homes and businesses of our communities safe and secure. This blog is a place for valued, educated security voices to share their expertise and experience so that we can all deliver the highest level of security personnel services. Thank you for joining us on this journey to educate, inform and enlighten our readers.
About the Author
Bill Whitmore is the President & CEO of AlliedBarton Security Services. He is also the author of "Potential: Workplace Violence Prevention and Your Organizational Success."
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