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Off-Duty Police vs. Private Guard Security

For many years, the debate over whether it is more beneficial to hire off-duty police officers or private security guards to provide optimum security services has been a contentious debate. The primary issues revolve around the legalities and affordability of these types of Bay Area security guards

It is important to understand that organizations and individuals who seek private security are usually looking to protect property (money, facilities, etc.). Police officers have little if any training in the protection of property. They are trained to protect life and liberty. When there is a gray area regarding the capacity in which the police officer may be working, their ability to perform private security responsibilities can sometimes be comprised. Here are some issues to consider if you’re deciding between off-duty police or private San Jose security guards.

Stopping and Questioning of People

When a police officer stops and questions someone without cause, that is a civil rights violation. Private security guards are allowed to freely question all individuals who may be considered suspicious or a perceived threat.

Primary Employment versus Secondary Employment

For private security guards, the job as a guard is most likely their primary source of employment and income. They are more apt to stay focused and take the job seriously. While this is not to say that off duty officers don’t take the job seriously; however, these “extra” private security responsibilities may come after already working a normal shift with their respective law enforcement agency and, therefore, they may not be quite as alert.

Civil Law

There is a huge distinction to be made between criminal and civil law. Police officers deal largely in criminal matters with little expertise in civil matters. Private security guards are trained to focus on civil laws (property rights) with a little exposure to criminal procedures that may crop up while performing their San Jose security patrols. In a way, off duty officers may be a bit handcuffed by their lack of knowledge when it comes to handling the day-to-day responsibilities associated with guard responsibilities.

Financial Considerations

Generally, off duty officers charge more for security services than a private security firm will on an hourly or contract basis. Also, the question of liability comes into play. Private security firms are required to carry liability insurance, removing your financial burden in the case of any guard injuries. Off duty officers aren’t likely to purchase such coverage. This may create issues for the client when civil lawsuits pop up.

Organizations and individuals who seek private security on an ongoing basis will most likely find they are better protected by private armed and unarmed San Jose security guards who are trained specifically to perform the services needed. The 24/7 guards at ADS know how to protect your assets and your people, providing you with the best of both worlds all for an affordable price. For a free price quote or to see which ADS private guard service is best for you, call our phone line at 1-800-794-1550 today.