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Guardianship - An Important Element to Address Risk

People are central to operational security systems and making the system work. Within security-related environments people are generally categorised as either security operatives or “guardians” (Zalewski 2019)

According to Dr Tony Zalewski in his recently published book on Security Risk Management, guardians are persons who may assist in maintaining the security of assets, either directly or indirectly, through the day-to-day routines of their job. 

An example of a guardian is a shop assistant in a retail store who might keep an eye open for shoplifting or a receptionist in a commercial building who may detect and report suspicious behaviour.  This means guardians can be staff employed directly by an organisation or even contractors visiting a site on a casual or part-time basis.

While guardians will often observe and report suspicious or illegal activity, it is usually the security operative who assumes specific responsibility for monitoring activities or certain areas of operation and who is authorised, and trained, to intervene in response to unauthorised, criminal or suspicious behaviour.

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