Give thanks to the security communityLocal | 24 Jul 2020 1:00 pm
Express your gratitude towards the security community for their hard work and valuable contribution on this year’s Hong Kong Security Personnel Day. Celebrated today, the special occasion is established to acknowledge and express gratitude towards the city’s dedicated security workers for their outstanding service provided to us in the past year.
It has been a roller-coaster year for Hong Kong as the city finds itself up against a slew of challenges. The ongoing political unrest and incidents of social disorder, coupled with the recent menace of the global pandemic, have created increasing tension and worries amongst the community. One particular group of our society, nevertheless, has remained steadfast in their posts: our security personnel, the unsung heroes who continue to provide valuable services amidst these troubling times.
Hong Kong’s safety and prosperity is fostered by a diligent security community who works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Security workers are required to maintain high levels of security presence through all types of political, social or natural incidents. During the past 12 months, they have been at the forefront of ensuring the safety and security of local families, senior citizens, employees, residential properties and companies. Albeit often considered to be an unglamorous and unappreciated profession, security officers remain committed and diligent in their duties to guard us against dangerous situations.
There are 320,000 security professionals in Hong Kong with valid permits, which make up 4% of Hong Kong’s total population, including security escorts, (electronic) security technicians, security guards, security officers, property managers, event security and close protection officers. They carry out a large number of tasks on a daily basis, such as access control, building management monitoring, armed escorts, and surveillance. Security professionals are also required to be multi-skilled, with some having to receive special training in such areas as first aid, fire life safety, and private road regulations enforcement.
As the security industry evolves, employer expectations of security personnel capabilities have risen in recent years. Recognizing these changes, the sector has introduced service quality guidelines and training to upskill today’s security officers. With the rapid technological development transforming security services and solutions, industry leaders are making significant investment to ensure that security personnel receive proper training that deepens their understanding and operational skills of electronic security systems and equipment. Aimed at attracting more professionals to join the industry, the Hong Kong Government has also established a qualifications framework in the security service industry to improve the competency and training of security personnel.
The thriving security industry is a diverse community that welcomes everyone to join. From school-leavers to professionals from other industry sectors, all are given the opportunity to grow and develop a fulfilling career within the security industry.
Let us show our appreciation to the security guards around us for their hard work and valuable contribution.