Security training essentials during Covid-19

Security occupations are challenging and complex. The coronavirus outbreak has further increased the complexity of the profession to many folds. From the enhanced focus on the safety of valued assets becoming crucial for an organization and facility to remain secure, the security officials further need to prevent overcrowding of public spaces. Balancing the physical protection of financial assets and laying the framework for investment into security services while updating ageing security systems are significant for a security service providing company under the current situation. Maintaining the privacy of both employees and the general public and securing information and data of a client is also a substantial task of a security service providing firm during COVID-19.

As per the points given above, it is noteworthy to analyze the security training essentials with consideration to the current pandemic situation. That is why the in-house experts at S&IB Services Pvt Ltd have curated a list of training essentials for security providers and personnel during covid-19.

Security training essentials during Covid-19:

Skills and Competencies:

Jobs of security personnel are complex that require task-specific skills. From the ability to gather and analyze various pieces of information to the skills to structure that information in a coherent order to the ability to understand potentially intricate legal issues, along with the understanding of the investigation process, security personnel should be competent at delivering best services at all times. However, during current pandemic, apart from the academic competencies at security fundamentals, business foundations, and critical thinking, they should further have workplace competencies that include teamwork, strategic thinking, problem-solving, along with industrywide technical competencies and occupational competencies.

Training to Handle Potential Escalation:

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the increasing requirement of additional guarding services at companies and organizations such as the healthcare sector and supermarkets and malls. Such escalations further increase the risk of potentially high crimes in these sites. To handle the same, security personnel should have de-escalation training for the specialized post to mitigate the need for additional security perimeters to protect assets and manage the crowd at the same time. The training should include updated training with clear and concise messaging as per the changing protocols needed to monitor and protect the public areas under such circumstances.

Sketching Updated Evacuation Plans:

The security personnel should have the proper training to respond to all types of emergencies such as fire alarms, first aid calls, and thefts. They should have the competency to supervise the Facility Access System, Premise Video Management System and Fire Alarm Systems in the client’s property and more. However, during COVID-19, they need to update their evacuation plans by assessing the current situation. That will include strong vigilance when monitoring for relevant risks to both business and operational environments along with planning and adherence to proven methodology to mitigate both immediate and potential future threats.

Employing Compartmentalization Tactics:

The security personnel during the current pandemic should have the training to limit access points and provide spaces sealed off from the public for workers to safely put on protective equipment by maintaining the physical separation of key areas. Compartmentalization tactics, when applied appropriately to the unique needs faced by each facility or industry, will help security personnel to protect assets past the standard physical security procedures.

Monitoring and Controlling the Flow of Traffic:

Coronavirus outbreak has enhanced the need to control entries-exits points and occupancy limits while ensuring real-time tracking of the flow of traffic. That makes it essential for the security personnel to have the training to monitor and control the gush of traffic with systems maintained by integrated electronic security systems and more. Besides, they should further be able to prevent the overcrowding of public spaces while also balancing the physical protection of financial assets.

Expertise at Handling various Smart Security Equipment:

The coronavirus outbreak has made it clear that the future security and safety of individuals and properties will rely on increased automation, autonomy, sensors, foot traffic management and other controls to limit the number of people in close proximity. Considering the same, the security personnel should have the training to handle various smart security equipment to be able to deliver facilitated services.

Hence are the most notable training essentials for security personnel to be considered during covid-19 as observed by the in-house experts at S&IB Services Pvt Ltd.

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