Becoming a licensed Security Guard in Wyoming is different then most states. The difference is that there is no state wide Security Guard license department.
To become licensed as a Security Guard in Wyoming you will apply via your city:
However, even your jurisdiction might not have security licensing requirements.
So, to begin your journey as a Security Guard in Wyoming, you should first contact your jurisdiction's City Clerk. Most jurisdictions will have similar processes on obtaining security licensing.
Average WY Security Guard Employee Requirements
Age: You must be 18yo or older for WY unarmed security and 21yo or older for WY armed security.
Criminal Record: You cannot have a criminal record of any kind. However, you are given the ability to challenge the WY records check outcome.
WY Security Sponsor: You need to be employed by a Wyoming security company.
Passport Photo: You need to submit a passport photo in your WY security application.
U.S. Citizen: You need to be an American citizen or be legally allowed to work in Wyoming. You will have to submit a copy of government ID in the WY security application.
English: You must be able to speak and write in English.
Specialized WY Security Guard: There are multiple specialized WY security fields you can enter, such as armed security. These fields require approved education.
What Does a Wyoming Security Guard Do?
Wyoming Security Guards Patrol Vacant Locations
Wyoming Security Guards will do foot patrols of locations for a set number of times per shift.
A common task for a Wyoming Security Guard will be checking mechanical rooms for any unusual signs or potential health and safety issues.
Wyoming Security Guards watch for hazards and fill out hazard reports (Wyoming Guards write a lot of reports).
Guards in Wyoming document and report maintenance issues to supervisors.
Many Wyoming security sites require Guards to monitor fire extinguishers to ensure that they are not overdue for inspection (official reviews are done by maintenance personnel).
Wyoming Security Guards write a lot, including filling in logs as their shifts progresses with what activities are being done at what times. Wyoming Guards will have their own security notebooks and will constantly note all unusual sightings, occurrences, and incidents.
Wyoming Security Guards will respond to alarms and act accordingly as per the Emergency Response plan set in place by supervisors. This may include,
Evacuation of the security site.
Checking alarm system on the way out for information about where the problem is occurring.
Responding to incidents and completing all reports as necessary.
Wyoming Security Guards Protect Sites with Customers
If a Wyoming Security Guard is working in a team environment, they will usually meet for a pre-shift briefing at a set location. Once the meeting has been completed the Wyoming Security Guards will go directly to their designated sites.
In Wyoming security site locations with customers, Guards will do a lot of patrolling. This can be in a building or outside in places such as parking lots.
Wyoming Security Guards are usually responsible for site cleanliness when there are no designated cleaning staff. This means as a Wyoming Security Guard, expect to be cleaning a lot of trash.
Monitoring CCTV cameras will be a big part of a Wyoming Security Guard’s job. This will be on a continuous basis with follow ups on issues seen.
When it comes to security sites in the service industry, Wyoming Security Guards will have to assist customers in various non-security ways. This can be giving them directions or carrying items for them. Furthermore, Wyoming Security Guards will often be expected to be friendly, outgoing, and talkative with customers in their security sites.
A constant security issue for Wyoming security sites with customers will be smoking, alcohol consumption, and narcotics. Wyoming Security Guards will often be making sure people aren’t smoking in non-smoking areas, consuming alcohol, or narcotics. For the latter, a Wyoming Security Guard will usually report the issue to local police.
If the Wyoming security site is a residence, responding to noise complaints will be a big part of the job.
Of course, catching shoplifters will be a constant for a Wyoming Security Guard in a site with customers.
Wyoming Security Guards Work at Security Gates
Wyoming Security Guards will patrol parking areas to make sure vehicles are registered at that security site.
Every person entering through the security gate will produce valid photo ID to the Wyoming Security Guard. The Guard will determine if the individual may pass.
During medical emergencies, the Wyoming Security Guard will direct traffic to allow easy access for Wyoming EMS vehicles.
Wyoming Security Guards Deal with Medical Issues
Emergencies at a Wyoming security site can happen at any time, day or night. On going communication will be key for all Wyoming Security Guards involved to get through the emergency with the best possible outcome.
Wyoming EMS/ ambulances will often be called by Wyoming Security Guards.
The Wyoming Security Guard that places the 911 call will relay info regarding who, what, where, why, and when.
Wyoming Security Supervisors will usually take lead on these incidents and direct other Wyoming Guards to specific tasks to perform during the emergency.
Wyoming Security Guards will always remain calm and professional. Furthermore, they will assist however they can.
About the Author
Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years working in security. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous security training programs in various capacities.