Employee Selection and Management
Minimum requirements for K9 security guards.
Potential guards must:
- Be at least 1.6m tall;
- Be between the age 25 and 45;
- Be medically fit;
- Be screened for previous offences (criminal record);
- Have passed grade 10;
- Have a valid South African identification document;
- Be able to Read, write and converse in English
- Be registered with the Security Officers Board and;
- Have undergone and successfully passed the latter’s exams at the required levels that they are deployed for.
Security guards and private security officers vastly outnumber police officers worldwide. South Africa’s private security industry is one of the largest in the world with nearly 9,000 registered companies and 400,000 registered active private security guards and another 600,000 unregistered, more than the South African police and army combined (270 000). The role of the private security officer has never been more critical today with the constant threats we face. Security guards and private security officers are in a highly visible profession and are often placed in positions of trust. In many cases, they are the only watchful eye on a commercial property after-hours and we rely on their integrity and judgment.
|Minimum requirements for K9 security guards. Potential guards must:
Security officers face many of the same risks as police, but in most cases the level of income, benefits, and in-service training is far less. Every year we see a move toward greater government regulation for minimum standards for hiring, screening, and training of security officers. The security guard industry has improved in recent years, but still faces challenges largely due to low pay, poor training, and high turnover.
However, it is also widely reported and speculated that the industry was vulnerable to criminal networks, citing the voluntary process in 2008 when 170 728 guards were vetted through the SAPS criminal records centre, 14 729 were flagged as being linked to possible criminal activities.
It is against this background that K9 realised that our success and quality services depend on employees’ motivation, loyalty, dedication and integrity. We firmly believe that sound human resource management processes and a positive attitude toward industrial relations is the extension of sound business practice. It starts with our selection and screening processes coupled with our comprehensive grievance and appeal procedures, monthly shop steward meetings, disciplinary codes, highly competitive salary structures and other benefits; we are achieving a committed, loyal, professional and highly disciplined workforce.
Training and Development
Our teams are continuously and extensively trained in people management, industrial relations skills and investigative skills. The main functions of supervisors are to ensure that the guard’s equipment, documentation and presentation are up to K9 standards and carried out in accordance to each individual’s job description. The latter is compiled in relation to a pre-site risk analysis and client needs analysis.
Ongoing on-site reinforcement lectures are done on a daily basis to ensure our high standards are maintained.