Security Officer/Guard Āpiha Whakamarumaru/Tūtei Whakamarumaru

Security officers/guards patrol or guard an area or building to prevent fire, trespassing, theft or vandalism. They may also complete investigations for individuals and businesses, or provide personal protection to a client.

Security officers/guards may do some or all of the following:

  • patrol properties and buildings to check they are secure and free from fires and other hazards
  • maintain order at events where there are large crowds of people
  • pick up and deliver valuables and money, and monitor cash on premises
  • perform security checks on staff members
  • conduct investigations for clients and prepare evidence for court proceedings
  • operate electronic security equipment and computer software
  • advise clients on personal security, and plan and carry out personal client protection
  • detect and investigate theft and other unlawful acts carried out in retail premises.

Loss protection officer

To become a loss prevention officer it is useful to have a qualification in security.

Personal protection officer

To become a personal protection officer with the New Zealand Police you need to:

  • become a police officer
  • complete a further intensive two-week course.

Private investigator

To become a private investigator you need to have:

  • a private security licence from the Ministry of Justice

Private personal protection officer

To become a private personal protection officer you need to:

  • have proven experience and a good reputation in the security industry
  • apply for a private security licence from the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority.

Physical Requirements

Security officers/guards need to have a good level of fitness as they may spend long periods on their feet.

Personal protection officers need to have an excellent level of fitness and must be strong.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for security officers/guards includes:

  • police officer work
  • customs officer work
  • work as a member of the armed forces
  • any job that involves working with the public.

Personal Qualities

Security officers/guards need to be:

  • skilled at communicating and able to relate to a wide range of people
  • able to remain calm in emergencies
  • mature and responsible
  • good at solving problems
  • alert, with an eye for detail
  • honest, reliable and able to keep information confidential.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for security officers/guards includes:

  • police officer work
  • customs officer work
  • work as a member of the armed forces
  • any job that involves working with the public.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements for security officers/guards, but three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include physical education and digital technologies.

Security Officer/Guards can earn around $19 per hour per year.

Security officers/guards may move into security planning, consultancy or management. Some set up their own security firms.

They may also specialise in an area of security such as:

Loss Prevention Officer
Loss prevention officers work in shops and businesses to prevent theft and crime. They operate surveillance equipment and may work in plain clothes.
Personal Protection Officer
Personal protection officers provide for the personal safety of a client, either as part of the diplomatic protection squad or in the private sector.
Private Investigator
Private investigators conduct investigations for clients, such as obtaining personal information or trying to find a missing person. They may also prepare evidence for court proceedings.
Security Officer/Guard

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