Public Relations and Professionalism
The public relations appearance and professionalism in the private security sector are of upmost importance. A few examples from the Washington Post article of importance for the individuals of the private security sector to acquire in concern to a similar degree of professionalism as public law enforcement are: the need for private security personnel to enforce public safety and individual citizen rights. Growing numbers of private security personnel are being known for placing focus on the company’s interest and concerns instead of the public’s. Because of this, a negative spotlight is placed upon the private security sector. In addition, each private security personnel process each concern differently, such as he or she completes a report. A negative image can impact the security of any community when a private secrutiy officer crosses the legal threshold of which only law enforcement duties can partake in. Some prive security officers are not adequately trained or managed. Many states do not even attempt to guide private security officers at all. Private security officers should be professional at all times, while adhering to company polices and providing public safety. Officers should build rapport with individuals in the areas where they patrol. This builds trust and a sense of being aware of anything that may be out of order such as a disgruntled employee or possible theft. Private security companies should provide additional training, similar to what local law enforcement officers encounter. Once training has been completed, security personnel should also be given certain powers similar to law enforcement officials. This will either reduce or eliminate law suits and other liability concerns.