As a professional security company and as a professional security officer there several items that are to be considered tools of the trade. We encourage our team to carry them when all performing their duties.
Some of the personal tools that are a must include.
- Pen and notebook. These are vital for writing incident reports, taking notes, filling in logbooks or communication logs. The notebook is also critical for notes. That may need to be reviewed should you be called to give evidence in court.
- Mobile phone as a lot of companies uses online rostering programs so that you can sign in to time-sheets, complete online incident reports and alike. However, an issue is some security staff tend to spend a lot of time on their phones. This may be seen as a failure to pay attention to their task at hand. Most companies have mobile phone policies in place that the guards must adhere to.
- Torches particularly if you are working at night or in areas with the low light of enclosed areas. Torches come in a range of prices, sizes and brightness and of course budget.
- Solid comfortable footwear. Depending on the role that the guard is working in, you need to wear the most supportive appropriate footwear. With long hours on your feet, the footwear must be supportive, comfortable and hard-wearing. Dress shoes or combat boots depending on the role and the uniform.
- Dress for the weather, in Melbourne during winter thermals are often required. An umbrella and wet weather may also be needed if stationed outside. Hats and sunscreen for the sun should also be carried in your gear bag should it be needed in hot conditions.
- PPE or personal protective gear needs to be supplied for certain tasks such as eye protection, hearing protection, gloves and high visibility vests again depending on the roles that the security officer is working on. This now includes face masks and hand sanitiser during the current COVID 19 situation.
- All security officers must carry their approved security licences on them at all times whilst undertaking their duties. This may also include a “crowd control” number should they be performing a role as a crowd controller.
When it comes to security equipment or tools of the trade these are what I believe to be essential and basic tools of the trade. When you work in a more specialised role the tools change and the list expands.