In reality, mental and physical fitness are basic requirements for a security guard position. Security guards must have the ability to stand for long periods, walk and run long distances and stay alert for their entire shift. These qualities become even more important in higher level security positions.
Security guards are professionals who have undergone training in public relations, communications, documentation and legal aspects of their occupation. They are honed in crowd control, evacuation procedures and basic crisis management. Some of those at the elite level are credentialed in other aspects of the job, including training in weapons and technology-based security strategies.
Sometimes, the movie portrayal of security guards is unfair to the hardworking corp of security guards who are prepared to put their lives at risk to protect the public. The unfair portrayal in movies should not diminish the important role of security guards in today’s environment.