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ESP Careers: Security Services

One Education Workforce Serving The Whole Student!

About Us and Our Work

  • 85% of us work in school buildings. 46% of us work at senior high schools; 23% at middle or junior high schools; 16% at preschool, kindergarten, or elementary schools; and the remaining at multiple levels or district central offices.
  • 41% of us work with special education students.
  • 81% of us work full time.
  • 54% of us are male.
  • 79% are married.
  • Our average age is 51.
  • 56% of us have attended at least some college.
  • 80% of us have met specific job requirements such as certifications or special courses, and 39% of us must take examinations or courses on a regular basis.

We are committed: 10 years is the average we have been working in our field. 80% of us plan to stay in this field, and 58% plan to keep our current positions until retirement.

We are active in the community: 68% of us live in the school districts we work in. 43% of us have coached or supported a sports program. 58% of us have spent our own money to purchase food or school supplies for students.

We are important for school safety: Approximately 30,000 security services ESPs work in the nation's K-12 public schools. We make up 1% of the NEA ESP membership and 1.4% of the ESP work force in the U.S. K-12 public schools.

74% of us have intervened to stop school violence such as harassing, threatening, or intimidating others. 71% have interevened to stop bullying behavior in school.

Our Workplace Conditions and Issues

Police Hat16% of us do not have a job description. Among those of us who do have a job description, 17% believe it does not accurately describe the amount of work we do or accurately describe what we do. 45% of us have no say about updating or changing our job descriptions.

52% of us are often or sometimes asked to perform duties outside our job descriptions.

We need clearly defined legal authority and jurisdiction, both on and off school property. Our authority varies considerably among the states and from place to place within a state.

We are concerned about privatization: 17% of our members report that security services are being contracted out in their districts.

We must have access to appropriate job training, since we continually face new security problems, and some states mandate specific training for security personnel.

We need to participate in developing good security and privacy policies in every school district because we constantly deal with confidential information about students, staff, and parents.

We enjoy the personal fulfillment we get from our work. We'd like better wages, chances for promotion and advancement, and opportunities for professional development and in-service training. We would like more freedom to do our jobs the way we think is best.

How We Help Make Public Schools Great For Every Student

We ensure a safe and secure school environment for all. We are active in creating safety policies, such as whether students may carry book bags and under what conditions lockers or student property may be searched. We daily counsel or just friend students with whom we interact.

We have a clear understanding of not only security techniques, but also the unique nature of the school population we work with. We are drug and substance, firearm and weapons experts. On a wider level, we are active in designing and implementing security policies and crisis response plans.

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Security Services: Who We Are

  • Guards
  • Security Workers
  • Nonmanagerial Supervisors


Visit the ESP Publications page and download a copy of the Who We Are brochure to learn more about ESP Careers!

How We Advocate For Students