Security Guards or Security Officers?

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I was recently asked whether we should call our staff security guards or should they be security officers. I thought about it for a while and began to ponder on what, if any, is the difference between the two. Historically, I believe the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) used to insist that Security Officer was the correct terminology, but the Security Industry Authority (SIA) have put a stop to that claim of superiority by naming the training curriculum as Security Guarding. So, do they mean the same thing: probably yes!

On a similar theme, there is the debate over whether we mean the same thing when we use the words Static Guarding rather than Security Guarding. I don’t think we use the words differently in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and the East Midlands from anywhere else, so I think I know the answer to that one!

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