Knights Templar Officer, patrol and inspect property to protect against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. These
officers protect their employers investment, enforce laws on the property, and deter criminal activity and other problems.
Templars use radio and telephone communications to call for assistance from police, fire, or emergency medical services as the situation
dictates. Templars write comprehensive reports outlining their observations and activities during their assigned shift. They also may
interview witnesses or victims, prepare case reports, and testify in court.
Although all Templars perform many of the same duties, their specific tasks depend on whether they work in a static security position
or on a mobile patrol. Templars assigned to static security positions usually stay at one location for a specified length of time. These
Templars must become closely acquainted with the property and people associated with their station and must often monitor alarms and
closed-circuit TV cameras.
In contrast, Templars assigned to mobile patrol drive or walk from one location to another and conduct security checks within an
assigned geographical zone. They may detain or arrest criminal violators, answer service calls concerning criminal activity or problems,
and issue traffic violation warnings.
Templars job responsibilities also vary with the size, type, and location of the employer. In department stores, guards protect people,
records, merchandise, money, and equipment. They often work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers or
employees, and help apprehend shoplifting suspects prior to the arrival of the police. Some shopping centers and theaters have officers
who patrol their parking lots to deter car thefts and robberies. In office buildings, banks, and hospitals, guards maintain order and
protect the institutions customers, staff and property. At air, sea, and rail terminals and other transportation facilities, guards protect
people, freight, property, and equipment. Using metal detectors and high-tech equipment, they may screen passengers and visitors for
weapons and explosives, ensure that nothing is stolen while a vehicle is being loaded or unloaded, and watch for fires and criminals.
Guards who work in public buildings such as museums or art galleries protect paintings and exhibits by inspecting people and packages
entering and leaving the building. In factories, laboratories, government buildings, data processing centers, and military bases, security
officers protect information, products, computer codes, and defense secrets and check the credentials of people and vehicles entering and
leaving the premises. Guards working at universities, parks, and sports stadiums perform crowd control, supervise parking and seating,
and direct traffic. Security guards stationed at the entrance to bars and nightclubs, prevent access by minors, collect cover charges at the
door, maintain order among customers, and protect patrons and property. All security officers must show good judgment and common
sense, follow directions, testify accurately in court, and follow company policy and guidelines. In an emergency, they must be able to
take charge and direct others to safety. In larger organizations, a security manager might oversee a group of security officers. In
smaller organizations, however, a single worker may be solely responsible for all security.