Protective Services Industry Expert Steve Morris Says Today’s Successful Executive Security Professionals Need Exceptional Firearms Skills at a Minimum

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On new podcast on protective services leadership insights, morris discusses why a strong “firearm intuition” is critical for a successful career in protective services.

To be successful, protective services officers need to be skilled at many more things than in the past. However, the most important skill, and the most difficult one to master, is the firearms skill.

On a new podcast found on the Protective Services Leadership Insights section of the Protective Services Training Academy (PSTA) web site, industry expert Steve Morris said that exceptional firearms skills are still the best determinant of an armed security guard’s likelihood of performance success. Morris regularly comments, blogs, and speaks on best practices in the protective services industry. Morris is the president and general manager of the PSTA.

On the podcast and complementary blog entry, Morris said, “To be successful, protective services officers need to be skilled at many more things than in the past. However, the most important skill, and the most difficult one to master, is the firearms skill.”

Morris has overseen the training and hiring of thousands of armed security guards in his career. He said that many who are looking for a career in protective services have come from the military or law enforcement. While many have carried a gun for years, a large number have learned a lot of bad habits and are better off re-starting their training when they switch careers.

“Shooting is a perishable skill as are other first responder skills that you have to learn and maintain in order to have a successful career in protective services,” said Morris. “You have to keep practicing with the right coaching and training to stay fresh.”

“There’s more to it than just having the skills to become an exceptional PSO. A lot of it has to do with your demeanor, your reliability, and your background. Those things are equally important, maybe more important.”

Morris regularly posts his insights on topics that affect protective services management. His blog posts can be found here.

Steve Morris is an acclaimed expert on protective services company operation, management, and training. In his role as president and general manager of the Protective Services Training Academy (PSTA), Steve has overseen the training of thousands of protective services professionals. He has also helped dozens of protective services companies hire, manage, and develop these professionals.

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