Patrol Officer

Legal definition for licensing – Property Guard

The role of Security Guards is to keep people, property and assets safe and to prevent crime. They prevent risks and deter crime, watch out for potential dangers and risks, and report issues that they may encounter.

Security Guards provide a preventative approach to crime whereas Police Officers and other law enforcement agents adopt a reactive response, looking to intervene or respond when crime and violence occurs, or following such events.

A Patrol Officer is a Security Officer who travels to multiple sites that are physically distant from one another, within a defined period of time. This will normally involve the use of a vehicle however other forms of mobility such as bikes may be used.

Mandatory Training (Unit Standards 27360, 27361 and 27364) is required for this role.


Early career

Pay rate

$25 to $35 per hour

  • To be clearly visible
  • To be vigilant
  • To respond quickly and correctly during a crisis
  • Observing and reporting
  • Getting help
  • Responding to alarm activations
  • Security escorts
  • Locking and unlocking private and/or public facilities
  • Bed-down checks
  • Internal and external checks of property
  • Compliance services such as noise control, animal control, smoky fires and freedom campers
  • Issuing trespass notices
Role Requirements
  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must be able to work irregular hours (24 x 7 industry)
  • Must be confident and capable of working alone
  • Must have reasonable fitness
  • Must have a clean criminal record
  • Requirement to hold a NZ Drivers Licence
  • Must have good written and spoken English
  • Requirement to complete mandatory training requirements to obtain Certificate of Approval to work in industry (3-month window to complete)
Skill Sets & Role Fit
  • Roles are non-gender and age specific
  • Good observation skills
  • Customer service focused
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking to others
  • Take pride in appearance (most roles require wearing of uniform)
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Initiative
Working Conditions
  • Roles may be full-time, part-time or casual
  • Roles may involve working shifts and/or working nights
  • Roles will require the use of a vehicle or other transportation and regular entry and exit of vehicle
Industry Training
  • Mandatory Training (Unit Standards 27360, 27361 and 27364)
  • NZCiS Level 3 (New Zealand Certificate in Security)
  • NZCiS Level 4 (New Zealand Certificate in Security)
Indicative Pay Scales
  • Entry level – mid $20’s per hour
  • Mid-level – $28 to $30 per hour
  • High level – high $30 to $35 per hour
Industry Pathway Opportunities
  • Cash-in-transit Officer
  • Compliance Officer or Concierge
  • Supervisor
  • Security Trainer
  • Operations Manager
  • Divisional/General Manager
Other Sector Pathway Opportunities
  • Corrections
  • Police
  • Local Council (Compliance Officers)

This website is in an initiative of NZ Security Association, developed to promote the wide range of security careers on offer in New Zealand. The security industry is a growing sector with a range of exciting career pathways for you to progress through.