When it comes to protecting your property or business, it is advised that you hire private security rather than police officers. Because having law enforcement involved can lead legal issues. In addition to this, private security represent the owner and thus are likely to take more responsibility for protecting your assets as compared to police officers. Because for police officers, protecting your property and assets is not the primary task of their job, they are less likely to perform well on the job.
As professional as police officers may be in their jobs, when it comes to security matters related to an individual, they might after all not be the perfect individuals for hiring. This has nothing to do with their physical and mental capabilities, rather it has do to with their jurisdiction.
For example, when it comes to protecting private property, security guards have more authority in this case as opposed to police officers. Security guards have the right to ask any individual regarding their presence on a property. Police officers, on the other hand, cannot do so, because if they do question someone regarding this matter they will be violating a person’s Constitutional Rights.
For a police officer, a job that involves protecting a private property is seen as an off-duty job. This can result in the officer not taking responsibility for the job, because it is not their real job. In this case, it is better to hire a security guard, who is dedicated to a single task at protecting private property/assets. Since a private security guard’s sole job is protect you, they are more likely to be concerned and serious about the job.
The above explains how private security guards and police officers look at a job in differing ways.
We now will take into perspective the training police officers and private guards go through.
A police officers training is often more extensive and thorough as compared to the training of a security guard. Not only do they spend many months in training, they also have to undergo pressure in the work place. Their job requires them to be both physically and mentally fit. In addition to this, a police often has more on-the-job experience as compared to a private security guard.
Whereas a private security guard can get a license without any training. This depends on the job description and the place where they are going to work. A high school diploma is often more than enough qualification for a person to be hired as a security guard. However, this does not mean that a security guard’s job is any less significant. In fact, a private security guard is often put in harm’s way to protect their clients.
So there you have it, these are some of the major difference between a private security guard and a police officer.