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Security is a lot like insurance, you might not feel like you need while things are good but when an emergency strikes you’ll be happy you have it. Security helps to prevent crime and other nefarious activities from happening in the first place.
Private security gets a bad wrap and many people believe hiring off duty law enforcement or securing them as a courtesy officer on a residential property is the best move for liability and security. This unfortunately is not always the case.
When a person with bad intentions sees a police officer, it makes them think twice about their actions. However, that is only for being proactive. What happens when someone is violating private rules and regulations? Can a police officer act? The answer is not so simple. The majority of the time, the answer is NO.
1. Law enforcement is just that – Law Enforcement. They’re charged, under state law, to enforce State, City, County and Local Laws and Ordinances. They are not permitted to use their statutory authority to enforce private property rules and regulations. In fact, most departments follow CALEA Standards which explicitly prohibit the enforcement of private rules and regulations and are prohibited from taking law enforcement action while not on duty. It is also explicitly prohibited under certain State, City, County and Local laws for police officers to act on behalf of a private entity. Even if you were to have a contract with a law enforcement agency, your property rules and regulations will go unenforced.
2. Liability is huge and you bear the consequences of the police officer if something goes wrong. You are not protected by the police department’s liability policy and anything that occurs while on the property is the civil responsibility of the property. Licensed security agencies bear the liability and indemnify the property, its agents and employees*
*The agency bears the liability as long as the suit and damages did not arise from the negligence of the client.
3. Training for police officers is based on tactical training, not customer service. Police serve one purpose – enforce the law. Security however serves as a liaison and contracted agent of the property to provide customer service while also enforcing your rules and regulations. Security works on your behalf.
4. The cost of a police officer versus a private security company is unparalled. A contract with police department can run anywhere from $45 per hour or more per officer. Contracting with a private security agency will surely provide you with a tailored solution at half the cost.
5. If you choose to use an off duty police officer for a residential community and provide a rent credit to them, you’re spending money that won’t yield the result you wish for. It may seem like a better deal at first, but as stated earlier, police officers can not enforce private property rules and regulations. Give your residents true security – not the illusion of security.
Due to insurance and licensing requirements, we do not provide the following services:
- Private Investigative Services
- Close Personal Protection
- Valuables Escort
- Security for Government Owed or Government Subsidized Housing
- Establishments or events that primarily derive their income from the sale of alcoholic beverages
- Large Event Venues
We reserve the right to deny service based on overall risk
Security is an important and often overlooked part of running a business. You can never be sure when your business will be targeted or when a disgruntled individual will threaten you or your employees. Security will be there for you and help prevent these incidents from ever happening in the first place.
It all depends on a few factors. The first is the risk that your business or property is under. If you’re at a higher risk it would be best if you had an armed officer. the second thing to consider is your budget. Unarmed guards are less expensive. The last thing to consider is the impact either type of officer might have on the customers and employees. Often it’s a positive change. Our security experts can talk to you and help you decide which option is best for you and your business or property.
We understand that with the large concentration of people who do not speak english, you might require a bilingual security officer. We do our best to hire bilingual security officers but we can’t always guarantee a bilingual officer will be assigned to you. We do everything we can to service your security needs.
Security is a complicated business with more intricacies than people realize. That’s why we have security experts who can help guide you through the decision-making process when deciding how many and what types of security officers are the best value for your business. Give us a call and speak to one of our security experts today.
We do our best to make sure that the officers assigned to you are based in the city where you operate. This is for the convenience of everyone but it’s not always possible. Sometimes our officers will be from another city.
Security is about prevention. If you’ve never had an issue before then that’s great but it doesn’t mean that there won’t come a time when you need security and don’t have it. Security is going to help stop these emergencies before they become emergencies.
All of the officers at Task Force Protection are fully licensed to operate in the state in which they are providing service. The most important thing is that they have their guard card, a license showing that they’ve passed the required training and background checks to be a security officer.
That depends on the type of officer you’re hiring as some officers require additional training. The baseline for all of our officers is dependent on if they’re Unarmed or Armed and the State where they work. To view the training officers receive, click here.
Security is not an easy field and the needs of a security division are often quite different than the needs of the rest of the business. Hiring a security officer from a security company alleviates the overhead cost that having a security team would otherwise bring.
Absolutely! Background checks are just one of the many ways that Task Force Protection ensures that we’re hiring the best of the best. We always want to staff you with the best officers we can find and part of our selection process involves rigorous background checks.
Security is essential for the protection and success of your business. Protecting your business will always be essential, especially if you’re in a less than safe part of town.
There’s always the possibility that guests or customers respond poorly to seeing an armed security officer. The mood and customer experience you’re trying to cultivate is part of what we consider when we recommend a type of officer to our clients and we can talk with you about what works best for you and your business.
It depends on the type of business you have, the risk your business is under, and your location. These are all factors we consider when making recommendations to our clients about their security needs. Often unarmed officers are enough but sometimes that’s just not the case. An unarmed officer is better than no officer.