Cash-in-transit training for security officers

January 2010 News

Some of the unsung heroes of our industry are our cash-in-transit security officers. Each day they face the threat of well armed criminals, not knowing if they will be coming home that evening.

The numerous cash-in-transit heists in South Africa and the associated violence have led the South African Police Service to declare cash-in transit robberies as a priority crime.

A new unit standard: Protect Assets in Transit was developed and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority to upgrade the skills of cash-in-transit security officers and contribute to their survival during attacks. This unit standard is an elective of the Further Education and Training certificate in Specialist Security Practices on NQF 4 Level.

The security officer credited with this unit standard will be able to secure, protect and escort assets during collection, in-transit and delivery operations. They will also be able to understand assets in transit security principles and techniques to be used. This unit standard will enable persons to understand the concept of risk and threats associated with assets in transit and will enable them to use proactive measures to avoid identified possible threats and risks.

The specific outcomes of the unit standard are:

* Preparing for assets in transit protection operations.

* Applying proactive measures to protect assets during collections, in transit and delivery operations.

* Applying appropriate counter measures during incidents to protect life and assets.

* Concluding assets in transit operations for effective handovers.It is hoped that this unit standard will greatly improve the skills of cash-in-transit security officers and make cash-in-transit operations safer, and more effective.

For more information contact Terry Scallan, South African Institute of Security, +27 (0)72 231 4557.

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