How Off Duty Police Officers Can Protect Your Business
Unlike most other workers, police officers don’t have a job that stops at 5PM. Whether they’re on duty or off duty police officers, they typically carry their police powers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in their jurisdiction. Regardless of the time of day, officers are legally permitted to stop crime.
Because of this privilege, off duty police officers are often sought after by security companies for their extensive training and security experience. There are a number of situations for which a business may hire an off duty officer, including high-stakes workplace scenarios that involve personnel and asset protection, workplace violence, and employee terminations.
Wondering how specifically an off duty police officer can protect your business? Read on!
Terminating employees is never pleasant, but sometimes these already unfortunate scenarios can escalate into violent situations for employee and employer alike. If you think an imminent employee termination could turn dangerous, an off duty police officer can offer support. Off duty police officers have experience with many high-pressure situations as part of their day-jobs, experience that can be useful to you during this particular high-stress work scenario. During a termination, an officer can offer a stable atmosphere, dissuading the employee from violent or erratic behavior in the face of a termination.
Workplace violence, physical and verbal, can affect both employees and the general public. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) divides workplace violence into four distinct categories: criminal intent violence, customer/client violence, worker on worker violence and personal relationship violence. Examples include violent confrontations, assaults, armed robberies, hostage incidents, property damage and sexual harassment.
If you have an employee that has exhibited violent behavior in the past, you may want an off duty police officer to escort them off your property, dilute the threat or take other actions. Since domestic violence is one of the most common assignments for off duty police officers, you can rest assured that your officers know what they’re doing. And if the situation is very volatile, some security companies can provide an officer that has specific experience with Emergency Services (SWAT) or hostage negotiation teams. In this scenario, the officer can safely handle the workplace threat without endangering other employees.
Escorting Courier Service Drivers
Depending on your particular business, you may frequently transport important or valuable goods, whether that be paperwork, retail packages (i.e. UPS or FedEx) or edible goods, or high-value items like money, jewels or medicinal marijuana. If this is the case, the delivery driver may be at risk for armed robbery, assault or other threats. Ultimately, you have a responsibility to keep your employee and goods safe and secure during transport.
While taking precautions such as well-planned routes, itineraries and scheduled check-ins are excellent first steps, an off-duty police officer can add a crucial layer of security. An off duty police officer can escort a driver to and from their destination, thereby ensuring their safety and the delivery of your goods.
Maybe you are concerned about protecting the furniture, technology and employees at your office building, or maybe you have a brick-and-mortar retail store full of goods for sale. Regardless of your type of business, whether you’re selling a service or a tangible product, asset protection is still important. While a traditional security guard could be helpful, there may be more serious instances in which an off duty police officer is more appropriate. For example, maybe you have a high-profile person attending a company event, and you need someone trained in executive protection detail. In this situation, an off-duty police officer may be more suited to protect your business due to the everyday nature of a police officer’s job.
If you have a need for any of these services in the Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia area feel free to call SMART Security Pros at (301) 955-9782 to discuss your particular situation. Alternatively, you can get a quick online quote for your security needs by visiting our Online Quote Request page.