Safeguard your workplace
Security officers are often deployed in retail environments, public access spaces or where particular threats have been recognised that could be mitigated by the presence of a uniformed officer. Whilst the role of a security officer varies depending on the client, it is fundamental to ensuring the smooth running of the organisation. Safety of customers, the general public and staff and protecting the property are key priorities.
It is also the security officer's job to observe the surroundings, working to prevent and discourage any disorderly behaviour or theft, and to report anything suspicious or potential threats to the Police.
NSI approved guarding companies have demonstrated compliance to BS 7499 the static guarding British Standard. They only deploy well trained, vetted, and SIA licensed security officers. Every NSI approved company offering a guarding service must ensure the SIA licences of their deployed staff are up to date. To obtain a licence the person must be at least 18 years old, pass an identity check and criminal record check.
For most security guarding roles the licence must be displayed at all times, so don’t hesitate to ask to see the licence if it is not visible. You can also check here to make sure the individual is registered.
NSI guarding companies are committed to:
The company you choose may be part of the SIA's Approved Contractor Scheme. This is increasingly becoming the minimum requirement for buyers of security services.
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It’s the most widely recognised mark of approval in security and
fire safety. NSI approval tells you the company is:
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