Mobile patrol officers have a very responsible and challenging job that is often misunderstood. In this blog, I will explain briefly a little about the role and hopefully give you an insight into their work.
The biggest difference from a static guard is that a static guard remains on a particular site for the duration of their shift, while a mobile patrol officer is as the name suggests – mobile. They spend a limited amount of time on each site and move to the next site in a planned run over the course of the shift. It can often be hectic, tiring but almost never boring.
Key Responsibilities of a Mobile Patrol Officer
Patrolling includes surveillance and inspection of buildings, construction sites, equipment and sometimes staff. As a mobile patrol officer, it is your job to secure the premises and ensure that all security alarms and equipment are working correctly.
There is usually a need to conduct checks to inspect all the areas of a building to ensure it is physically secure and to provide visible signs that people are alert and on site. Mobile patrol officers act as deterrent to to people intent on breaking into or damaging something and usually cause them to go elsewhere where there is less chance of being seen.
When patrolling, it also essential to be alert and aware of your surroundings. It is important to trust your instincts and call police as soon as you become suspicious of something a little amiss. Very often, mobile patrol officers are the first person on site after a break in and are responsible for keeping the scene as free from contamination as possible to assist the forensic police. Additionally, the patrol officer is responsible for keeping the site secure until released by a static guard or staff.
Mobile patrol officers are dispatched by monitoring companies to respond to an activated security alarm. This could mean that you arrive during a break in or just after. Time is crucial and patrol officers are expected to drop whatever they are doing and go as fast as legally possible to investigate the cause of the alarm.
Often the alarm might be a false activation which just means that after the site is confirmed to be secure, the alarm is reset and the place secured. Sometimes however, the patrol officer is the first person on the scent of a crime and is responsible for securing the site, preventing access by unauthorized people and trying to learn as much as possible to assist the police.
Additionally, mobile patrol officers are also asked to sometimes attend a site to escort customer’s staff to their vehicles after hours, to prevent the possibility of harassment or assault. Again this is a time-crucial task that requires very good planning to avoid being late or wasting time unnecessarily.
Patrol officers are required to write incident reports and take photographs to support the reports. It is essential to be clear and concise when writing incident reports, making sure that all the necessary details are included as the reports are usually read the next day or sometimes even later by people who may not be familiar with the incident. .
Mobile patrolling is one of the most sought after security guard roles due to its diversity, regular shift patterns and focus on accuracy. Most security officers at some point in their security career will aspire to work in the mobile patrol area of security. Before delving into this field though, you should be well informed about the responsibilities and obligations of a mobile patrol officer. After all, it is not an easy task and is definitely not for everyone.
For mobile patrol and security guard services in Perth, reach out to Perth Security Services.