Chief Guard

Supervise and coordinate activities of guard force of the establishment.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chief Guards do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of guard force of establishment, such as industrial plant, department store, or museum: Assigns personnel to posts or patrol, according to size and nature of establishment and protection requirements. Interprets security rules and directs subordinates in enforcing compliance, such as issuance of security badges, photographing of employees, and safekeeping of forbidden articles carried by visitors. Responds to calls from subordinates to direct activities during fires, storms, riots, or other emergencies. Inspects or directs inspection of premises to test alarm systems, detect safety hazards, and to ensure that safety rules are posted and enforced. Examines fire extinguishers and other safety equipment for serviceability. Reports irregularities and hazards to appropriate personnel. Cooperates with police, fire, and civil defense authorities in problems affecting establishment. May select and train subordinates in protective procedures, first aid, fire safety, and other duties. May be designated according to rank as Guard, Captain; Guard, Lieutenant; Guard, Sergeant; or according to establishment served as Plant-Protection Supervisor; Security Chief, Museum.


Should I be a Chief Guard?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Captain of Guards, Guard, Captain, Guard Chief, Guard, Chief, Guard, Lieutenant, Guard, Sergeant, Guard Supervisor

    How to become a Chief Guard

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