A professional, well-thought-out assessment of your organization’s security needs is essential these days. Security is a crucial component in making your firm or event progressive and successful. Don’t guess – call an experienced security firm to get an honest appraisal of what your company or event needs.

However, a big question that most people ask is “Do security personnel need firearms?”One of the most dangerous things an organization’s leaders can do is to assume they need armed security, run an ad, hire a security guard, and put a gun on that person’s hip.

Is your organization qualified to assess the need for armed security, much less the training and qualification of the people you might hire? When it comes to the safety of your employees and property, you should always get the right answers to your security questions. Get the experienced professionals involved.

Not every Firm needs Armed Guards

When you engage armed security guards, you’re adding firearms to the premises.  It’s as simple as that.  The presence of lethal force increases the level of risk in the building. At least, that’s certainly what your insurance company will conclude.

Your insurance bill is not the only thing impacted by the employment of armed guards.  Due to the level of preparation, training, and experience needed, armed security is simply more expensive than other options.

However, there certain situations or particular businesses that need armed personnel to guard anything that the company deems valuable.

Firms or events that might truly need armed security include:

  • A business, such as a bank, where substantial value needs to be protected.
  • Any organization wherein the presence of properly-qualified armed guards are required to deter attempted attacks by would-be perpetrators.

  • A firm that is currently employing off-duty police officers to provide security, either ongoing or for specific events.

  • A highly-sensitive environment where anything from cash to intellectual property may be under continuous threat.

  • A facility or event visited (or frequented) by high-profile individuals, such as political figures or celebrities.

  • An organization which requires security personnel to undertake “quasi-law-enforcement” tasks, such as monitoring passage through metal detectors or unusually-thorough examination of identification or credentials.

Needs To Be Done Right

If your organization does need armed security, you need to engage the services of a reputable, experienced security firm to handle such situations. Armed security is not one of the things most organizations should try to attempt on their own. First, do you really know how many guards you need, and when you really need them?

Second, your firm probably does not have the rigorous assessment of security personnel as a core competency. An experienced firm knows all the answers to your queries above. Your armed guards need far more than “basic proficiency” training. They need deep experience and skill-building about the defensive use of the firearms they’re issued.

The best firms supply highly-trained security pros who are often former law-enforcement officers or military personnel with extensive firearms training.

Not only are the best-armed guard's experts with their weapon they’re experts at defusing tense situations and preventing the sort of extreme or violent situations no one wants to see.  They’re armed with the right equipment along with the right experience, mental acuity, and attitude to maximize safety and minimize risk for everyone in the building.

The best-armed security personnel is licensed and insured but they have experience and credentials that go far beyond the basic requirements for state licensure and insurance approval. Armed security for your organization is, of course, a serious choice. But it’s one you may have to make.  If you do, get the help of seasoned professionals who know how to do it right.  Your peace-of-mind – and much more – is at stake.

This is a guest post by Dan Redd of Twin City Security Dallas. At TCS-Dallas we take safety and security seriously.


Published by Zachary McGavin