Women: Empowering the Security Industry The security industry is fast evolving to reflect societal standards of inclusive work

standards and practices of employing women in security roles. You could say the security industry is upgrading, upgrading from employing the bygone eras of criminally minded, poorly educated muscle men that once used to dominate the security industry. However, women in these roles are often subjected to unwanted criticism, and unfortunately are confronted with chauvinistic views from not only their male colleagues in some cases – but also the general public. Questions that arise are – How can a women security officer protect herself from offenders or break up fights or deal with drunken aggressive males? These people are looking at the obvious physical makeup that a male is usually physically stronger than that of a female and have taken the perspective that a female security officer would not be able to successfully perform in the security officer role because of this. This is where these bias opinions are wrong. Look around – the security industry is taking on the role and adapting to reflect a friendlier, customer orientated approach to their presence as security. And generally women are the ones that are better able to handle situations that require methodical, critical thinking processes in a non-aggressive manner. Women do this naturally as they are historically and generally the care-givers of our race – it is innate in the women security officer to want to naturally find a nurturing solution to the situation at hand. This is why women are powerful agents of change for peace and security and the way of the future. Employing female security officers reflects modern security, safety and protection needs and services within the security industry. This change signifies that businesses no longer want the ‘heavy handed bouncer’ image of a security officer, but rather the proactive, non-conflict, negotiation-style of issue resolution that female security officers naturally tend to bring to their security officer positions. 10 Advantages of Female’s in Security females appeared to have higher personal ethical standards than male officers female officers saw themselves as having higher personal standards a more service-oriented commitment to policing on the part of existing women officers improved relations and support from the customers a less aggressive style of policing which is more likely to de-escalate potentially violent encounters a less narrow outlook and a stronger creative drive than men Women security officers are likely to be less aggressive; less likely to be guilty of unprofessional conduct; and more effective in defusing potentially violent situations

Women have better vision in low light, better peripheral vision and better hearing. They can hear a broader range of sound frequencies and tones in the human voice. This is designed to keep track of children--you know the mother thing. Men have a bigger brain. Sorry, ladies--it's true. But women have more nerve cells connecting the right and left brain, which allows us the ability to go back and forth and transfer data from the creative side to the computational side of our brains, matching up our verbal side with our visual, creative side a lot faster. The thinking-to-the-saying happens faster. The Calibre Press session described it as the women having a "superhighway" between the two sides of the brain, and the men having a "dirt road"--their words, not mine, don't shoot the messenger. This allows for quicker interpretation and verbalization of what we see, and is a good trait to have as an officer. Women can store in their minds all kinds of random information. Do you ever remember your wife remembering--and reminding you--of every detail of every little fight you've ever had, and what it was about? Yes, we pay attention to detail. This makes us potentially good analysts and good at looking at a variety of aspects of a crime, and remembering them. Note: Women are more likely to rely on their tact and ingenuity in confrontations because they have generally less physical prowess. Though female officers may not have the sheer physical strength of male security officers, studies reveal that female officers are "substantially less likely" to be involved in customer complaints about the use of excessive force than males. This is good news for the Business Owner having to employ security officers as this means that adding women to their workforce can result in fewer civil actions brought against them for use of excessive force.