Working as an Armed Guard or Cash-in-Transit Officer
As an organisation that delivers quality security training to over 50 trainees a month, we frequently get asked what it’s really like to work as an Armed Guard. I once heard from a student that they were interested in getting into armed services because ‘Boys like their toys’ in reference to working in an industry that requires you to be armed in a public place.
Working as an Armed Guard or Cash-in-Transit Officer requires you to be calm yet alert, for your company to trust in your abilities as an Unarmed Officer first and for you to have experience with firearms. It’s not just for anyone.
While cash-in-transit and armed security may be enticing to some, these roles carry with them a huge responsibility and must be viewed with the utmost respect. That is because armed guard roles come with risks that are outside of the day-to-day risks that most Security Officers face and must be managed accordingly.
These risks can include robberies, hold-ups and hostage situations but can also include employee health risks such as fatigue and stress of the job. Armed Guards should consider as well as attending workshops specialising in risk management or a Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis qualification by correspondence to assist them to effectively mitigate risks on the job.
According to a study conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology, CIT armed robbers will also always choose a heavy firearm, most likely obtained illegally to intimidate and control.
This report also discusses the reasons why CIT are highly attractive to robbers including:
- Visibility of the target
- Ability to profile and ‘stalk’ the target due to run times
- Close to escape routes if the vehicle is already on the road or close to a sidewalk
- Exit opportunities are not limited to one entry/exit point
Based on just a small sample of information from this report, you can understand why Cash-in-Transit Officers and Armed Guards do usually get a higher salary. While Unarmed Security Officers are also required to understand risk management procedures and can too face high-risk situations on the job, they differ from those in CIT.
Interested in a career as an Armed Guard? Start by being trained the right way with our Firearms and Defensive Tactics course.
Check out the requirements for Occupational Firearms Licensing at Weapons Licensing and do some research on what the requirements are for working in armed services on some of the large employer websites such as Armaguard and Prosegur first.
Fully equip yourself for success!