How to Become an Unarmed Security Guard & What Are the Job Duties
What is An Unarmed Guard?
Unarmed officers are frequently hired to provide access control, manage crowds and deter thieves. An unarmed security guard performs roles across private security.
Unarmed means they possess a license to be a private security guard, but do not possess the additional authorization to carry a firearm in the line of duty. Even in states which permit open carry, guards are not allowed to bring personal firearms to work unless they possess certification as an armed guard and have been hired on an armed guard contract.
Although unarmed means officers do not carry a firearm, it does not mean they are unequipped. Many unarmed guards carry flashlights, walkie-talkies, or even batons. There are many reasons why businesses may prefer to use unarmed rather than armed guards. These include being more approachable, reduced legal liability risk, and reduced cost.
Unarmed security duties vary significantly from site to site. Whether at a set post or on a mobile patrol, on foot patrol or in a vehicle, a guard has to remain alert and away of what is going on around them at all times. Patrols not only keep guards aware of what’s happening on site, but potential criminals know they are being watched. To keep people guessing where an officer will be at any given time, Ranger Guard unarmed security guards use random patrol techniques. This makes patrols more effective.
- Guard position at a fixed post
- Foot patrol
- Vehicle patrol
- Access control
- Crowd control
How to Become an Unarmed Guard
Becoming an unarmed guard requires certification from your state government and employment from a security guard agency. Most security guard services will offer you additional training before you are deployed in the field. A reputable security agency has a roster of clients and will be able to place you on posts, provided you meet the requirements and demonstrate effective workplace habits. Training takes a few weeks to complete.
Being an unarmed security guard is an accessible career with requirements that can be met by dedicated recruits enthusiastic about safety. The baseline requirements are just the beginning. A good security agency such as Ranger Guard will offer additional training to improve your marketability and skill on-the-job.
The following security guard job requirements apply to all unarmed security positions:
All unarmed security guard recruits must have a high school diploma or equivalent and no criminal record. Each state has different requirements for certification as an unarmed guard. A reputable agency such as Ranger Guard will help you acquire the relevant certifications to meet state and federal licensing requirements.
A good security guard pays attention to everything going on around them. Safety is about noticing potential risks and mitigating them ahead of time. Unarmed security guards are thorough, detail-oriented, patient, and calm.
Perception matters a lot in security. Clients need to feel safe when they look at you. Customers and staff in client run businesses need to know you are serious. The right professional appearance deters criminals and reassures the public. At Ranger Guard we require all unarmed guards to wear clean and pressed police-style uniforms with polished black shoes, cropped hair, minimal jewelry, and appropriate personal hygiene. In doing so, officers can be very visible to those around them, and also help gain the confidence, trust, and respect of others who view them as an authority figure in charge of their safety.
Guards with more experience are better equipped to recognize dangerous situations as they develop and to know how to respond to them appropriately. Ranger Guard prioritizes hiring law enforcement and military veterans for security roles. Such individuals have the field experience to know how to respond in any security situation and the skills and capabilities needed to provide a high level of safety at all times.