Working as a Protective Security Officer

A career as a protective security officer is much more than just an ordinary security job. Attached to SA Police’s Police Security Services Branch, protective security officers play a key role in the safety of our community by contributing to South Australia’s counterterrorism strategies.

As a protective security officer you will be a valued member of the SA Police team that is highly regarded by the community. You will be a crucial part of police operations, creating a safer and more secure environment for government employees and members of the community accessing government facilities.

You’ll be part of a team that works around-the-clock shifts to carry out static and mobile security duties, along with 24-hour alarm monitoring and CCTV surveillance.

SA Police's Physical Security Section and Security Control Centre services are provided 24/7. Protective security officers work eight-hour shifts however overtime is a requirement at some locations. Protective security officers are not sworn police officers however may carry firearms and are trained in police operational safety techniques and the use of the Government Radio Network.

Your work

Physical Security Section

The role of the Physical Security Section (PSS) provide physical security services to South Australian Government clients through static guards and mobile security patrols.

The functions include:

  • Managing the restricted access to premises and provide first response to security related incidents including emergency evacuations.
  • Physical searches of people, vehicles and property being introduced to restricted areas.
  • Mobile security patrols to provide a visible presence, physical checking of premises and the detection of and response to security breaches and alarms.

If you work within the PSS you will either work in the static sites or school patrols. The static sites are mostly within the Central Business District (CBD) and generally work a day and afternoon shift with weekends off. You will be required to use your authorities when required and maintain a highly visible presence to ensure the security of the building and occupants by checking visitors and occupants and conducting foot patrols.

School patrols have a 24/7 requirement and work from seven SAPOL patrol bases:

  • Elizabeth
  • Salisbury
  • Golden Grove
  • Port Adelaide
  • Thebarton Barracks
  • Sturt
  • Christies Beach.

At the start of your shift you attend a parade with local police then maintain a highly visible presence by patrolling a designated area in a marked Protective Security vehicle and physically checking school premises and attending to alarms.

Security Control Centre

The role of the Security Control Centre is to provide protective security services to government clients by monitoring alarms and CCTV networks.

The Security Control Centre is a modern grade A1 certified monitoring station and is located within the CBD.  Its functions include:

  • Monitoring all SA Government Agency alarm systems.
  • Proactive CCTV monitoring of public safety CCTV systems in the CBD and across the public transport corridor.
  • Answering emergency telephone calls.
  • Dispatching PSSB patrols and coordinating an appropriate response to incidents detected.
  • Entering South Australian Computer Aided Dispatch (SACAD) jobs for PSSB and Police attendance.
  • Monitoring of GRN talk groups used by government clients.
  • Managing the maintenance and repairs of electronic security devices on behalf of identified clients.

Security Control Centre Operators are generally attracted to this type of work if they prefer an office based environment that is central to delivering positive outcomes for the community. It can be exciting and fast paced but requires attention to detail, excellent situational awareness and the ability to critically observe, monitor and action situations that may affect public safety.

Benefits

At SA Police, our protective security officers receive security training to the highest standards. You’ll also:

  • Learn how to confidently handle aggression and conflict.
  • Gain experience in evaluating situations and people.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of a tight-knit team of hardworking individuals.
  • Perform a rewarding and respected role in your community.
  • Work with state-of-the-art security equipment and technology.
  • Have an excellent grounding for a career in both security and policing.

In addition to up to five weeks paid annual leave each year, you’ll enjoy generous entitlements for:

  • working flexibly such as part time, purchased leave, job sharing and alternative work locations
  • parental leave (including maternity and childcare leave)
  • long-service leave (90 days after 10 years)
  • study leave
  • sick leave (up to 12 days each year)
  • family carer’s leave
  • compassionate leave.

Other benefits include:

  • superannuation
  • free uniforms
  • access to a range of counselling and welfare services
  • hospital and extras cover (upon joining the Police Health Fund and payment of subscriptions)
  • financial support for sports (upon joining the Police Sports Federation and payment of subscriptions).

You will also receive a generous salary and have opportunities for growth and development. We outline the salary structure for protective security officers below:

Rank increment range Annual Salary
Protective security officer $45,549 to $47,791
Protective security officer first class $50,815 to $55,003
Protective security officer supervisor $59,181 to $63,368

The above rates are valid as of 01 Oct 2016. Shift allowances are paid in addition to normal salary.

Hear about Lisa’s experience as a protective security officer with SA Police. Download Lisa's video trancript

Because we have the latest training techniques, high-end technology, and the full support of the state’s police and emergency services network, there’s never been a more exciting time to join this vital and respected branch of SA Police.Register for a seminar to learn more or Apply now.

Read the news story from the 2017 Protective Security Officer graduation