Something that protective services officers should strive to avoid in 2013 is complacency. Often PSOs stand at their posts for between eight and 12 hours a day. They may become tired and weary from that workday, and once they get home, they want to relax and sleep. They then have to get up and repeat what they did the day before. This can seem at times monotonous, boring, and uninspiring. However, the task at hand is critical and requires sharpness, focus, and energy.
Often, I’ve found that PSOs are not making time to take care of themselves physically. So it’s very important to incorporate a physical exercise routine on a daily basis, or at least every other day, for up to 30 minutes a day. This can involve stretching, doing some light calisthenics, and doing some cardiovascular exercise. This will not only improve your overall health but ensure your readiness if you do have to snap into action when you’re standing on post.
To avoid complacency and to avoid losing that edge, which is critical in performing a quality job, PSOs need to stay physically fit and on top of their game.