The Armed Forces and Police traditionally have been, and continue to be, major recruiters of security personnel.
- The Armed Forces consists of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force who employ over 200,000 regular forces personnel in a variety of combat and support roles
- Police Ofﬁcers are employed to prevent and detect crime
- Prison Ofﬁcers look after prisoners in custody
- Ambulance Service personnel work for the National Health Service providing urgent medical attention in accident and emergency situations
- Fireﬁghters are employed by one of the 58 ﬁre brigades in the UK as well as the British Airports Authority and the Defence Fire Service
- Coast Guards work for the Maritime Coast Guard Agency
- Individuals and organisations employ people as bodyguards, store detectives and security managers.
Jobs in this sector can be found across the whole of the UK, although recruits to the Armed Forces can be required to work anywhere in the world in combative or peacekeeping roles. Private security work provides growing opportunities for those without any military training.
Any security work needs disciplined people who communicate effectively, frequently in stressful or dangerous situations. Physical ﬁtness is important and in some jobs is tested regularly.
Leadership qualities are paramount and are strenuously tested during selection and training for work.