Security Patrol Officer

A Security Patrol Officer protects assigned areas prevent illegal activity, enforce laws, and protect citizens and the community.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


SIA Licence (Door Supervisor, Security Guarding or Close Protection)

Total cost

Starts at £250.00 and has a licence fee of £190.00

How to become a Security Patrol Officer

To become a Security Patrol Officer, you must first obtain a SIA Licence. This can be a SIA Door Supervisor Licence, Security Guarding or Close Protection.

To get an SIA Door Supervisor Licence, you will need to successfully attend the 6 day course, as well as pass all of the multiple-choice exams and practical assessments. The SIA Door Supervisor Licence starts at £249.99 and has a licence fee of £190.00, which is valid for three years. 


To get an SIA Close Protection Licence, you will need to successfully attend the 16 day course, as well as pass all of the examinations and practical assessments. The SIA Close Protection Licence starts at £899.00 and has a licence fee of £190.00, which is valid for three years. 

Depending on the company that you are applying for, most clients will also require you to have First Aid Training, as well as a valid UK driving licence.

In addition to the legal requirements, you will likely be required:

  • Previous experience in Law Enforcement, the Military, or Contact Security
  • Training and certification in first aid, and CPR
  • Good record-keeping skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent physical strength and stamina
  • Passport or full birth certificate
  • Visa (if relevant)
  • Proof of address (such as a utility bill)
  • Proof of National Insurance Number 
  • Details of 2 personal references (that must not be relatives or live at the same address)

Become a Security Patrol Officer

Start a successful career as a Security Patrol Officer by following these steps:

SIA Training

This is the first step to become a Close Protection Officer

Pass the course

Will include multiple choice exams and maybe a physical intervention assessment

Apply for your SIA Licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Security Patrol Officer jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

The responsibilities of a Security Patrolling Officer can vary slightly depending on the company you are working for and the size of the team that you are managing. However, here are some of the most common responsibilities;

  • Patrolling assigned areas on foot or horseback or by car or bicycle
  • Being on the lookout for suspicious or illegal activity.
  • Performing on-the-scene investigations.
  • Helping people in trouble and rendering other public services.
  • Immediately responding to reports of emergencies or possible crimes and offering the necessary assistance.
  • Regulating traffic, enforcing traffic laws, investigating traffic accidents, and assisting motorists in need.
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with community members.
  • Completing all necessary paperwork and providing testimonies in court.


In summary, Patrolling Officer are expected to go the extra mile to communicate with their team and perform well by all means necessary. 

It is a good idea to keep in mind that this role may require you to work weekends, holidays and nights. Having a flexible approach to this role is necessary. 

How much does a Security Patrol Officer actually earn

The average salary of a Security Patrolling Officer can vary depending on previous experience, qualifications, and the company that you are working for. 


On average, Security Patrolling Officer can make anywhere between £8 - £10 hourly. 

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Trustworthy
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Detail Orientated
  • Team Leader
  • Communication Skills.

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