Businesses and facilities such as hospitals and government buildings need protection around the clock. Armed Security Officers routinely patrol them in order to prevent break-ins, vandalism, and other threats. An armed officer is typically defined by being fully licensed to carry a firearm during their shift work. Although they must be prepared for violent situations, the mere presence of an armed officer is often enough to prevent crime from occurring.
Some armed security officers will work during daytime hours when heavy customer traffic occurs, and others will work night shifts in which they must patrol the grounds alone. All applicants are required to pass background checks and training courses in order to become fully certified to work as an armed officer. This usually includes an 8 to 10 hour training class, 47 hours of specialized firearm training, and filling out a state application for an armed security officer license.
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