Hotel security officers help protect guests and their valuables, as well as fellow hotel employees. Typically, hotel security guards do not carry firearms, although there might be weapons on the premises they can access if required. Depending on state law and hotel policy, guards can be trained on the job or required to obtain formal training prior to employment.
Hotel security officers must watch for unusual, illegal or dangerous activities occurring on the premises. They often patrol hallways, parking lots, stairwells, lobbies, bars and restaurants. Some guards might be assigned to a stationary post, such as beside an entrance. In hotels with video surveillance equipment, a security officer might spend all or part of his shift watching the monitors for any suspicious activity.
Some hotels have bars or clubs, and occasionally a guest becomes intoxicated or combative. Depending on the circumstances and the hotel policy, the security officer may evict the guest, escort him to a taxi or detain him for the police. Security officers might also need to evict loiterers or trespassers from time to time. Upon request, security guards should escort employees or guests to their vehicles, especially if valet parking is unavailable and it is late at night.