A security guard is a person employed by a government or private party to protect the employing party’s assets from a variety of hazards by enforcing preventative measures.
Security guards do this by maintaining a high-visibility presence to inappropriate actions, looking for signs of crime or other hazards taking action to minimize damage and reporting. Security officers are generally uniformed to represent their lawful authority to protect private property.
Security guards are generally governed by legal regulations, which set out the requirements for eligibility and the permitted authorities of a security guard in a given jurisdiction. Security officers are hired by a range of businesses, government departments, and agencies and need security and uniform for them.