Private security firms must operate in compliance with the legal guidelines set by their respective governing bodies. Generally, these policies are set on a county and state level by the relevant authorities and differ from state to state.
Non compliance with legal requirements can result in fines and/or termination of the security license. In worst case scenarios, personnel can be arrested and tried in a court of law. Hence, it is imperative for private security firms to adhere to the relevant legislation in their area.
In this blog, we look at several legal aspects that apply to private security firms in general.
THE ROLE OF PRIVATE SECURITY FIRMS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
Private security firms play an important role in maintaining peace and order. When businesses and individuals hire their own private security, it lowers the strain on governmental resources. That is why most law enforcement agencies and legislators encourage and support private security firms.
However, private security officers must abide by certain laws to ensure that...more
Rapid advancement has changed every industry for the better. The security sector is no exception.
Several new technologies have come into the market that have streamlined our industry and created a completely new standard for delivering security services. In this blog, we share tips that will help you to be more proactive and adapt to changes quickly instead of delaying and missing out on the digital revolution.
THE APPIFICATION OF SECURITY TASKS
The security function has always relied on mobile devices like walkie-talkies, metal detectors and scanners. These devices helped security guards on the ground stay in touch with a command center and raise alerts in case of problems.
The function is now being transferred to mobile apps that can be easily installed on cell phones and digital devices. There are dozens of new apps in the market that can help security companies and guards with staffing, tracking, alerting and communication. The apps are designed to be used through handheld devices and make it easier to keep track of incidents, patrol...more
Security services have become a very lucrative and important business in recent years. The threat of violence, vandalism and criminal activity has gone up in recent decades. Businesses, property owners and citizens feel unsafe and many agree that personal security officers make them feel much more secure.
It is no surprise that more and more security guard companies are entering the market. Recent estimates show that the industry generates over $30 billion in the US every year. There are millions of people employed in the security sector either as guards and surveillance officers or device manufacturers.
With many new security companies entering the business, customers have some concerns about guard training and service quality. In this blog, we consider many pertinent issues surrounding security officer training and development.
OPTIONS FOR SECURITY GUARD TRAINING
Security officer positions did not require much training or qualifications until recently. Most businesses just hired someone with a diploma, good physical fitness and a clear...more
Most private security companies create a written code of ethics and responsibilities for their security guards. This code of ethics can be very useful for officers. It helps guide their performance and behavior at work.
The code of conduct outlines expected behavior and communication protocols. It shows security guards how to interact with other people at work, including clients, visitors and suspects.
In this blog, we will consider the expected code of conduct and responsibilities of security guards on client premises.
STANDARD CODE OF ETHICS FOR SECURITY GUARDS
While each company can choose its own version of the code, a standardized version has also been developed. It was drafted by the Task Force on Private Security for the National Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice and Standards and Goals in 1976.
The standard code of ethics is a comprehensive list of undertakings that covers a large range of security guard conduct. Here are some of the main undertakings of the standard code of ethics.
- The security guards will...
Good communication skills are very important for security officers. They need to communicate with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing.
Private security officers need to communicate with others to collect information, monitor situations, and prevent unauthorized behavior. They also need communication skills to present reports to concerned authorities.
In this blog, we review the important principles of communication in the private security sector and how they relate to security officers.
ROLE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
The ability to communicate effectively is a necessary skill for security guards. It helps them adjust their behavior to different situations and defuse problems peacefully when required.
Security officers face a variety of situations in their day to day tasks. They are required to act stoically and professionally under all kinds of circumstances.
Lastly, a security officer must be intuitive and good at judging people’s motivations. Skills in negotiations and bargaining can help. They also need to...more
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique that can prove to be useful in emergency situations in which someone’s heartbeat or breathing has suddenly stopped. Doing CPR right away can increase a person’s chances of surviving heart attack. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends people to start with chest compressions when they are doing CPR.
It is better to do something to help a person than to stand idle. Even if you are fearful that your skills or knowledge aren’t perfect, you should still do something to help a person who is about to lose their life. You never know your actions might just save them.
HOW TO ACT
If you have no idea about how to perform CPR, then you should only provide hands-only CPR. Don’t know what that means? Well, hands-on CPR means that you should give chest compressions of 100 to 120 a minute without any interruption until the paramedical staff arrives. We will get to the details later. If you aren’t trained, you shouldn’t attempt rescue breathing.
If you are trained in CPR and believe...more
The term “emergency management” entails a really broad landscape. In fact, one can only make sense of it in a particular setting only. For instance, emergency management for a retail store will be different from that of a school. Similarly, a hospital will have a different emergency plan than a bank.
Nonetheless, some elements and characters are recurring in every emergency management plan, regardless of the type of setting it is going to be implemented. Case in point: a security guard, which is a part of the security plan of every establishment, also has an integral role to play in devising and executing an emergency management plan.
In this blog post, we will discuss the five major phases of any emergency management plan but from the standpoint of security and by factoring in the role of security personnel.
The first and foremost objective of any emergency management plan is the prevention of emergency itself for one simple reason: if an emergency is averted, you won’t need any management plan at all. It sounds like a...more
How Good Training Improves the Prospect for Landing a Job of Security Guard?
We all know that an individual needs some formal training and the ensuing certification to get eligible for the job of a security guard. Let’s take the example of Florida where one needs to have Class D and Class G licenses to operate as unarmed and armed security guards respectively.
These licenses are usually conferred to individuals after they complete a certain number of training credits. It is quite clear that these training hours are needed to comply with the formalities enforced by state and federal governments.
Beyond these paperwork requirements, there are some important pointers of formal security guard training that helps everyone in landing the job they actually want. Let’s look at those qualities that any good security training regimen inculcates, helping you secure the right security guard opening.more
The dark and depressing unfolding of last year’s Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting is still fresh in the memories of the residents of Florida. The gloom and gravity of that tragedy are not going to fade away anytime soon. The event is the stark reminder of how gun control laws or the lack thereof often precipitates into such tragedies.
It was also a wakeup call for school managements all over the country to beef up the security of their premises. Besides rampant gun control provisions, on-site security lapse adds to the horror of an active shooting scene. Amending federal laws to make stricter gun rules is still a long haul prospect. However, it is well in one’s hand to soup up the school security to ensure better safety of children.
Here, we are going to discuss some important points with respect to school security. The discussion will surmise how some simple measures along with the services of certified security personnel can make all the difference for the security of any educational institute.
DEVISING A PRE-EMPTIVE STRATEGY
World is majorly comprised of average folks. The same goes for the commercial sector where the majority of the workforce comprises of individuals with average talent and temperament. There is no harm in having the majority of the mediocre workforce. The truth of the matter is it is pretty normal for companies to have 80 percent of their workforce from the average pool.
Having said that, it is also a fact that the world moves, innovates, and does better by the virtue of top-performers. Whether it’s an academic or a commercial entity, their top performers represent them at major podiums.more
The main purpose of having a homeowner’s association is to manage a neighborhood’s roads, parks and pools. Community association boards and managers spend lots of time on making the neighborhood safe. This goes beyond, street lights, kids at play signs, and your friendly neighborhood watch.
Safety in a homeowner’s association neighborhood is always at the top of the list for HOA, who are always looking into proactive safety measures that can be taken to keep the streets and homes in their neighborhood safe.
This is where mobile patrol and inspection services come in. Reason being, a mobile patrol and inspection service makes members of a community feel safer, which is also the reason why many HOA rely on these mobile patrol services and see them as an asset to their communities. Here, we are going to take a quick look at the reasons why HOA should hire a mobile patrol and inspection service.
It is the HOAs responsibility to provide security for the members in the community. HOA boards often rely on the guidance of experts...more
BILLION DOLLAR LOADS
South Florida has become a major hub for the global export of goods. According to the Florida Chamber, Florida’s investment in commercial trade has strengthened export development and the global economy, along with increasing trade and creating new jobs. Goods worth US$147.7 billion flowed through Florida’s airports and seaports in 2017. The state is also a major producer, and exports of Florida-origin products reached $55 billion in 2017.
PROTECTING HIGH VALUED GOODS IS IMPERATIVE.
Armed security escort is a preventative measure all companies should use to reduce the risk of loss. Assessing possible threats to your cargo during transport can be prove to be difficult. One of the more valued benefits of hiring armed security to accompany cargo is their ability to assess security threats, and ensure the safe delivery of the product for export.
THREATS DURING TRANSPORTATION / UNLOADS
Identifying security risk during the transportation and off-load of cargo is essential in export...more
It’s easy to understand why many security guards face the problem of not having enough to feed their families. Anyone who’s been in this world for the past couple of decades knows it’s hard to make ends meet, and with a family to look after, you’re definitely not able to keep up with the expenses. This is especially true due to rising inflation and living costs, and an ever decreasing value of your payout.
Undoubtedly, there is a universal need to earn more out of the work you do. With the right guidance you’ll get there. If you know what to look for, you’ll be better prepared for these opportunities and hopefully get yourself in the right stream to maximize your earning potential.
Everyone comes up with unique plans on how to make more money in the limited time they can spare, but if you’re a smart person this solution is not suited to you, because we’d recommend working smarter rather than harder.
With rising inflation and smaller salaries, there are bound to be more criminal activities. And with a shrinking budget there isn’t much you can expect out of the...more
While no victim of a crime chooses to be a victim and the only real way to prevent becoming a victim is to prevent the criminal act to begin with —which is entirely up to the criminal— there are things that you can do to increase your personal protection and help prevent becoming a victim. Be it assault, robbery, identity theft, or an act of terrorism, there are steps you can take to help avoid finding yourself in dangerous situations that put yourself at risk. Our goal with this blog is to help you become a little more aware of threats and what you can do to help mitigate them.
PAY ATTENTION, STAY ALERT.
All too often, people tend to mind their own business and keep to themselves, and while this is polite, it does not mean that you can’t also remain vigilant. Take note of what is happening around you, your surroundings, and the people near you. If a criminal is looking for the ideal target, they will search for someone who seems oblivious that they can easily catch off guard —the element of surprise. If you are alert and paying attention, you don’t...more
The occurrence of crimes in the form of thefts, robberies, break-ins on a business location is accepted as a matter of regulation. But if not taken care of and prevented, then they can have far-reaching implications not just for the business, but for the whole community.
Increased crime rates in and around a business’ premises can reduce its profitability. For a venture surviving for its sustenance, it is always difficult to provide ample support for the people working there.
Therefore, it is imperative for businesses to take necessary measures for preventing on-site crimes through the use of security services.
We will outline some crucial points to help you devise and implement a crime prevention plan for your business, in this article. You can take the assistance of top security companies in Miami for the implementation of these measures.
To make your business crime-proof, start off with risk assessments to identify the pointers that can aid and provoke criminal actions. Here, we will provide you with some examples...more
Workplace violence entails different forms of aggressive behaviors against employees from within the premise or outside. These violent actions can be physical or verbal. Threats of any sorts at workplace are also deemed as violence. Some rare and extreme cases of workplace violence can aggravate to homicide cases.
For that reason, workplace violence is a major security concern for any organization to maintain an affable working environment, particularly in Miami where organizations have employed individuals from different racial, religious and geographical backgrounds. This stark difference between workers makes workplace spaces more susceptible to incur violence.
An ideal work environment is where each and every staff member can work with a peace of mind to reach full potential and productivity. To achieve this, role of security guard services in Miami plays an important role.
As mentioned earlier, workplace violence has many facets and therefore personnel from security guard services in Miami will need extensive cooperation from human resource and the...more
In times when safety has become one of the topmost issue for both individuals and organizations, the value of security jobs has also soared. As an individual, you can serve as a security personnel in different capacities. There are many types of jobs for security guards in Miami. Each of them needs the issuance of D license as a prerequisite.
PERSONAL SECURITY GUARDS
Personal security guards are hired for the protection of a certain individual. They move along with the person wherever he goes. The job of personal security guards doesn’t involve a lot of public interaction, but they are required to complete 40 hours of security guard training to get the D license from the Florida Division of Licensing.
For the job of personal security guards, getting training to carry concealed weapon is considered a good add-on. Make sure that you are getting this training from instructors that are certified by the National Rifle Association.
ARMED SECURITY GUARDS
Armed security guards have a more demanding job description. They are...more
The profitability of tourism in any region is closely linked to the state of its hospitality industry. Even a picturesque landscape will fail to attract tourists for long if there are no safe and secure accommodations available around, or if there is nothing for recreational activities. Similarly, a generic location can be transformed into a tourist haven with the help of a robust hospitality industry.
In southeastern part of the US, Miami is the focal destination of tourists from within the country and all across the world. Each year, millions of them flock this coastal city and hospitality sector has a crucial role to play in maintaining the bustle.
Hospitality industry in the city can’t thrive only with its attractions and peculiarities. Good safety measures are also needed, which can be ensured through good security services in Miami.
Let’s have a look on some important features of security associated with hospitality industry and role of security guards services Miami in it.
TO CREATE A SAFE AND SECURE AMBIANCE
Often referred as the magic city, Miami is the eighth most populous urban center of the United States. Throughout the year, it is crammed with tourist not just from other parts of the US, but also from all across the world. Due to bustling life in the city, the job of security guard here holds good prospects.more
To qualify for a concealed weapon license, Florida law requires you to submit proof of competency with a firearm. A copy of a Certificate of Completion or similar document from any of the following courses or classes is acceptable:
Any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or a similar agency in another state;
Any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
Any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, using instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
Any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security...more
Like any other profession, security guard’s performance is also based on several features. People interested in adopting the field of security should be aware of the performance objectives they should fulfill to become a successful professional.
It is also necessary to understand that formal training from an esteemed security service institution aids a lot in realizing these objectives. Having been aware of these features will definitely help interested individuals in starting off their job on a high note.
FOCUSING ON CUSTOMER SERVICE
Every profession is linked to customer service one way or the other and the job of security personnel is no different. In most of the cases, security guards are simultaneously rendering their services to business owners, their employees and their customers. One can say that focusing on customer service is more crucial for security guards because they are serving a range of them at a time.
For security personnel, a good customer service constitute not only of just being stationed at their designated...more
In today’s murky times, the job of a security guard has become very crucial. Every organization, whether small or large, wants to inculcate a sense of protection in their staff and visitors by hiring professional security guards.
But to become a security guard, you need a license. In Florida, we are the best security school to get trained and obtain a security license due to the given reasons.
PRACTICAL TRAINING PROGRAM
We believe that one can’t master the theory without subsequent hands-on application of it and hence our security training program is centered on practical knowledge.
Especially, security guards are required to work in practical situations and circumstances. Therefore, our training program is not just about teaching the aspirants only through theories and hypotheses. Even the laws associated with public security and safety are demonstrated in practical settings in our training program.
Inexperienced instructors are not proficient enough to teach the theory and practical...more
To issue a security license in Florida, the State’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service Division requires 40 hours of formal training from every aspirant through an authorized security training school. Apart from getting the permit to work as security officer in the state, attending a professional security guard training class is also important for various other reasons.
LEARNING PUBLIC INTERACTION
For security personnel, it is a part of everyday routine to have public interaction. Whether they are deployed as a security officer on educational institutes or work on retail stores, dealing with people is an integral part of security guard’s job.
A reputable security guard training guides you with best practices of public interaction in different challenging and tricky circumstances.
How to operate a firearm is not all what a security guard needs to know to fulfill his job requirements. Oftentimes they have to arbitrate in problematic situations and to make sure that no crisis culminates in...more
No business, whether small or large can function optimally without employing security. And whenever a business comes across this question, they have two options to choose; either to set up a separate department on their own or to outsource this task to a company dedicated to provide specialized security services.
Here, we will discuss the benefits you can reap from outsourcing security responsibilities of your business to professionals.more
Carrying a firearm for the sake of one’s own protection is the right of every US citizen. Nevertheless, carrying a weapon comes with many responsibilities and requirements. And one of them is to acquire a concealed weapon license. Here, we will talk about why it is important to get a license for a concealed firearm.
ENABLES CARRYING WEAPON LEGALLY
There is no legal obstacle in carrying a weapon because it is every citizen’s constitutional right according to The Second Amendment. However, carrying a weapon even a concealed one can stir up people around.
Having a license will provide you with an extra layer of protection. Even if someone calls for police after seeing your concealed firearm, then having a license will prevent you from getting into trouble.
A SHORTENED QA SESSION WHEN PULLED OVER
It is usual for weapon owners to carry one in their vehicle while commuting. If you are pulled over with your concealed weapon, then showing police officer the license will bury any doubts and will-shorten the long string of...more
Optimal Security is the best solution to provide you security services because of our commitment to customer service, our innovative services, transparent communications, and our highly competitive cost.
Our customer service is miles beyond that of other security services. We know that in order to provide your organization with the best security services we need to be available to address any security concerns whenever needed. We provide 24/7 customer services and are approachable for any questions or feedback you have. We aim to continuously improve ourselves by listening to our customers.
INNOVATIVE SECURITY SERVICES
Optimal Security is run by people who have been in the security business for a long time but have always have the vision for providing security services for the future. We use industry best practices but we innovate and use the latest theories and technologies wherever possible to improve your security.
HONEST AND TRANSPARENT COMMUNICATION
We take our...more
Here at Optimal Security, we are proud to offer armed and unarmed security services in Miami. If you are looking to protect your business or event, our security professionals have the knowledge, experience, and training to keep your people and property safe. We recently went over the benefits of hiring a security guard on our last blog. But which type of security should you choose? When it comes to armed vs. unarmed security guards, there are a few things you should consider before making your decision.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
Before you make a decision on what type of security you should hire, there are five questions you should have answered. This will help you determine whether the added security of armed guards is necessary. So, consider the following:
- Do you have a specific threat to your property?
- What are the concerns you have regarding damage to your property or person?
- Are you hiring security on a public or private piece of property?
- Is there a certain perception you are trying to uphold, that security...
Understanding that there is a limit to everything is important, but there are exceptions that can be made even in that case. The idea is to push your own self to discover new horizons even if it means carrying yourself kicking and screaming towards that goal. The point here would be that every person has a certain limit or goal and pushing above and beyond that is their responsibility.
Being a security guard is a profession that is considered respectable and has good pay associated with it. But the importance of training from a reputable school is critical here. The idea to receive the best education from the best schools on the matter cannot be understated. This would ensure you have a wide base of educational backing when you enter the field. This also means that you would have more options to look into. Having a driving license and an arms bearing license would in both cases be benefits that would add value to your skill set.
Receiving training from a prestigious institution would mean that you are more reliable, and better equipped than your peers. As a matter of...more
Optimal Security is proud to offer classes to obtain a concealed weapon license in the State of Florida. Our Miami armed security detail is made up of gun professionals, who have the knowledge base necessary to teach you how to properly handle a concealed weapon. In today’s society, a threat can happen at any time. By having the proper training, you can save your life and others. The concealed weapon license classes will carefully go over Florida State Statute laws on deadly force, firearm safety, pistol mechanisms and operation, building pistol shooting skills, and pistol maintenance, selection, and use. Our Miami concealed weapon permit classes are taught by a Certified Firearms Instructor.more
Security officers and guards are a necessity for any business or valuable personal property. You need to make sure that your valued assets are kept safe at all times, and no person with a malicious intent can damage or steal them. Security officers are the perfect solution, because these highly trained people are adept at eliminating any problems, and preventing thefts as well as other types of losses.
There’s only one problem; they are people, and people make mistakes. Many business owners have found that even after having security officers, things can get stolen. When they investigate they find out that the security officers were dozing off, or weren’t patrolling the way they should. What if we told you that there was a way to ensure that nevermore
Despite all of the advancements of civilization, when somebody instigates violence, it is a dog eat dog world. Luckily, we have evolved our institutions to combat instances of violence by being bigger, better, and badder. One place where this is evident is in the security business, where agents are trained in legal violence de-escalation measures. Whether you are looking for an armed or unarmed guard, professional security like you’ll find here at Optimal Security can greatly increase the safety of your business. Here are some of the benefits to hiring a security guard for your company.
SENSE OF SAFETY
Human beings thrive when they feel secure, and tend to suffer when they are afraid. When you have put everything you have into your business, the last thing you want is for it to be undone by a random thief or vandal, or especially have one of your employees or yourself get injured. Because of that, hiring a security guard can be a huge stress reliever, not even taking account them actually stopping any crime. If you are actively worrying about your...more