Alleviating Security Force Problems.
a. Efforts should be made by physical security supervisors to maintain a good
relationship with subordinates through the proper application of leadership
b. The nature of security force operations poses some morale problems that do
not normally confront other people. The security force is required to be effective
at all times, regardless of the weather, the day, and the hour.
This means duty
hours on weekends, holidays, and night-hours that are usually considered to be
This causes problems in living for both the person and his family
that tend to lessen enthusiasm for the job.
There is a direct relation between
quality of performance and morale that forces consideration of these problems. The
problem can be minimized by use of the following steps.
(1) Maintain high standards of discipline.
(2) Promote an aggressive security education program.
This will ensure
that each man clearly understands the importance of his job.
Each man must
see that the human element in security operations makes the difference between
success and failure.
(3) Arrange shifts
period free from duties.
(4) Consider shift rotation as one solution to security force boredom. The
transfer of a person from one shift to another could be considered a reward. This
is due to the working hours of some shifts being less desirable than others. For
better security service, the integrity of the shift should be maintained as a unit.
(5) Establish good recreational facilities at or near security force sites.
Start an organized athletic program, also. This will help develop loyalty, pride,
and enthusiasm for the unit or post.
(6) When practical, hot food should be given to those going on post and
those coming off. This is a definite morale factor.
If so, the provost marshal or physical security officer should ensure
equal treatment for security force members. Any instructions or corrective action
should be put out to the force by the appropriate supervisor.
PART C - Training
a. Basic Training (preservice).