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Code of Practice for Security Staffs

If a security staff is to full efficiency, the department and the members themselves must be held in respect by both management and fellow employees. For this to be achieved, high standard of behavior, integrity, conscientiousness and department are called for and must be maintained.

Failures in performance can have consequences, immediate or long term, more serious to a firm than comparable actions by most of its other employees – timidity and delay, or lack of knowledge of first aid could endanger an injured workman’s life; lack of diligence in patrolling and powers of observation could result in gross fire or other damage to property; connection in theft, of lack of action on information in connection with it, could lead to serious loss; indiscretion, tactlessness or unnecessary exercise of authority could jeopardize the entire industrial relations atmosphere in an organization and cause labour disputes of indeterminable consequences.

With these factors in mind, and the desirability of professionalising the function to give maximum value to the employer, a more stringent code of practice should be asked of person engaged in security work than from other. This is reasonable since to do so will react to the benefit of all genuinely interested in their work and will make it easier to weed out the unreliable, untrustworthy undesirables.

The following are given as guidelines and, while the appearance may be that of a discipline code, fundamental principles are expressed there in.

1. Obedience to orders. No security officer will disobey, or without good and sufficient cause omit or neglect to carry out any lawful order, written or otherwise given by a superior to whom he is responsible.

2. Neglect of duty. No security officer will:

a. Neglect, or without due and sufficient cause omit, promptly any diligent to attend to or carry out anything which it is his duty to do as a security officer.
b. Fail to carry out his working accordance with instruction.
c. Leave his place of duty without due permission or sufficient cause.
d. Fail to report any matter which it is his duty to report to the relevant authorities.
e. Fail to make any necessary report and entries in any official document or book kept in the course of his work.

3. Falsehood. No security officer shall in connection with his work :

a. Knowingly make or sign any false statement or entry in any official document or book.
b. Willfully or negligently make any false, misleading, or in accurate statement.
c. Without due and sufficient cause destroy or mutilate any document or record, or alter or erase any entry therein.

4. Breach of confidence. No security officer shall:

a. Divulge any matter which it his duty to keep secret.
b. Without due authorization, show any book, record or document in connection with his work, or which is regarded by his employers as being classified as confidential or ‘secret’, to any unauthorized person
c. Make any anonymous communications in connection with his work to any person

5. Corrupt practice. No security officer shall corruptly:

a. Solicit or receive any bribe or other consideration from any fellow employee, contractor, or any other person with whom his duty brings him into contact
b. Improperly use his position in relation to other employees to his private advantage
c. Fail to account for any found property or monies received by him in official capacity

6. Unnecessary exercise of authority- No security officer shall:

a. Be uncivil to any fellow employee, visitor or other person encountered in the course of his work, or use language to such person of a type to which he could reasonably object.
b. Make unnecessary use of his authority in such a manner as to cause reasonable compliant by fellow employee, visitor or other person lawfully on the employer’s premises

7. Discreditable conduct. No security officer shall act at any time in a manner reasonably likely to bring discredit upon his fellow officers, upon his employers, or upon his fellow employees.

8. Malingering. No security officer shall feign or exaggerate any sickness or injury with a view to evading his normal duties there by causing added burden upon his fellows.

9. Department No security officer will wear his uniform other than on his employer’s premises, or in such places that he could reasonably be expected to traverse during the course of his work.

No security officer, whilst on duty in uniform will be dirty or untidy in his personal clothing or in any equipment, which he should normally use; nor will he willfully by carelessness cause any waste, loss or damage to any clothing or other property issued to him.

10. Drunkenness. No security officer will commence duty under the influence of liquor to such an extent as to be incapable of fully carrying out all duties reasonably required of him. During his tour of duty he will not consume drink to such a degree as to impair his efficient performance of such duties.

11. Conviction for criminal offence. No security officer, if he is convicted of any criminal offence, shall fail to divulge the fact to his immediate superior.

CONTROL – BREACH OF CODE OF ETHICS
Any practicing security company who do not follow the Code of Ethics will have to be identified and called before a disciplinary board appointed by Security Association to show cause why he is unable to comply with the Code of Ethics.

If no satisfactory answer is given, the Ministry of Home Affairs should be notified for further action.

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