Physically fit security officers are better able to provide high levels of organizational safety and customer service for employees, consumers and visitors. Organizational and community stakeholders expect their security personnel to play a valuable role in crime reduction and personal protection. Physically unfit Security personnel take more time to perform basic crime prevention tasks, like patrolling an area on foot and often require additional personnel to perform a task that would typically require only one officer. On the other hand, physically fit security officers are able to perform their job functions more efficiently, lose less time to illness and injury, and file fewer workers compensation claims. The failure to maintain safe environments or the inability to provide “due care” creates potential civil liability and discourages patrons from frequenting an organization. Once an organization is perceived as unsafe, it’s extremely difficult to maintain financial stability.
It’s impossible to have a serious training standard if Security Personnel are physically unfit. Unfit security personnel make it impossible to train to serious standards that require a high degree of physical interaction and realistic scenario training. Unfortunately, if security personnel are unable to test their competency levels in a safe and controlled environment the only other environment left to train in is the actual work environment! The inability to practice tactics, theories and tools in a realistic training environment leads to a greater quantity and quality of field injuries, time lost and increased workers compensation claims.