Write about the Role of Surveillance Officer for Australian Security Intelligence Organization.
Surveillance officer Role with the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO)
The ASIO aims at investigating and identifying any threats that is likely to harm the society and the people and the organization renders advice to safeguard the Australian people and their interests.
The role of a Surveillance Officer within the body requires both a healthy lifestyle and a professional commitment. The other essential capabilities that a surveillance officer is expected to possess include handling workload, working under work pressure, competence in communication, good memory, driving competency, high level of patience, physical strength and professionalism. The job as a surveillance officer has interested me as it is responsible to counter terrorism and safeguard its nationals from security threats is a great opportunity to serve the nation and safeguard it from the global threat of terrorism and put an end to the global menace that has been taking lives of million since years.
Physical/ Healthy lifestyles
A healthy lifestyle which implies physical fitness is crucial for a surveillance officer as walking, running are part of their job which is to identify and investigate any threats to the society and its people. I have been participating in variety of informal as well structured physical activities such as gym work, running, and ultimate Frisbee. Further, my recent participation in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at least for 6 times a week indicates in my opinion, reasonable healthy standard of living.
Maintaining high level of attention, memory and concentration under pressure
I believe that since a surveillance officer within the ASIO is required to maintain calm and concentrate even under situation of pressure as the main part of the job involves identification of threats that is likely to affect the nation and its nationals.
Now, having been acquainted with the nature of this responsibility, I can assure that I have worked in job roles with fluctuating deadlines in all my former employment where I have learnt that under high-pressure situations, prioritizing and sorting out projects into smaller and manageable tasks is effective in reducing the stress levels, thus, maintaining focus on all the tasks. With increased concentration level, it becomes easier to remember every minute details of any project, which further enabled me to complete the project in an efficient and timely manner.
Competency in verbal communication with various persons
Communication is yet another crucial capability that must be possessed by a surveillance officer. Here I would like to mention that from my previous work experiences, I have had a good understanding of teamwork and its relevance in accomplishing the assigned objectives. I have a clear conception about the importance of communication while working within a team environment as a clear communication enables a team to work effectively.
I have always been clear about my own responsibilities along with those of the team members as I am aware how important it is to have clear thoughts about the responsibilities that I must carry out and how it fits with my other teammates as well as in the organization altogether. My previous work experiences have further taught me that different people have distinct personalities, capacities and communication styles and it is important to utilize such diverse skills, personalities and communication styles to achieve the targeted aims and objectives.
My healthy lifestyle, which includes running, gym work and other physical activities, also include walking. If my part of the job requires walking for long distances or several kilometers, I will be able to perform the same without any discomfort or difficulties.
As acquainted with the job responsibilities, I follow a healthy and fitness routine of a standard that ensures my capability to operate ‘on foot’ which includes running, standing, walking for prolonged periods that too, under different environmental and weather conditions.
Driving Competence in various traffic
As part of the job responsibility, a surveillance officer may be required to approach any suspect or may require to keep any group of persons or individuals under vigilance for which they may have to follow the suspect by cars.
I can efficiently fulfill this requirement as in my previous employments I was required to undertake responsibilities that required me to work in external locations where I had to drive and often such locations used to be far from the base support. These experiences have improved my driving skills and enhanced my capability to drive for extended periods under various environments.
Patience regarding sitting for prolong period in various environments
Observation and vigilance are the two most important part of the job descriptions that is expected from a surveillance officer. Given the relevance of this responsibilities in recognizing any threats or carrying out any investigation, I have gained experiences from my previous employments to observe and be vigilant under any given circumstances or locations without being distracted from my main duties. Hence, even in public places I believe I will be able to remain vigilant in carrying out my responsibilities.
I am completely aware of the responsibilities that are carried out by a surveillance officer within the ASIO and understand its importance. I am confident that with my skills, knowledge and experience, I am competent to perform all the responsibilities efficiently and with diligence and for this role and with further training, it will only enhance my skills and competency.