When you work with any trusted service, confidentiality is often key. You want to be able to count on someone, even if they're just doing a day's work for you, and some off-duty police jobs have a security risk attached to them.
Compared to more immediate needs, like security presence and strength, confidentiality might not come up as your first requirement. However, there are many off-duty assignments that deal with confidential information such as financial data, operational security issues, infrastructure security issues (particularly in the oil, gas, and energy sectors), and many more.
Knowledge of the law
A main reason to hire off-duty police officers in the first place is to bring some professional legal knowledge to your job. Proper training will include knowledge of how to consider important data, a major concern in a world where privacy breaches often happen and employee information has a price tag for criminals.
It should go without saying that this goes beyond the standard expectations for security guards and staff. A police officer can also bring the right practices that go along with legal standards, confidentiality issues and knowing how to handle sensitive details.
Basic common sense
Things that seem obvious may not always occur to someone who lacks the proper experience. Social media, for example, can be a dangerous temptation even for professionals charged with important enforcement duties.
A 2015 Police One piece on operational security listed social media caution as one of the important areas for police to be aware of, and with good reason. Posting problematic information is an issue for everyone to be aware of, police included, just like keeping revealing details out of casual conversation.
Trust and stability
It's not just what your hired police officers know, but how they act. There's an enormous responsibility that comes with serving a client, no matter how long the work lasts. Police, especially, have access to a wealth of information and have to know how to use this access properly, accomplishing the necessary tasks while respecting individuals' rights and protecting proprietary information.
This can be to your advantage in a high-stress situation. Off-duty police officers will be accustomed to handling confidential information and acting discretely. You may need them for a hectic facility turnaround, crowded termination day or personnel protection, but in any scenario, you can count on trained law enforcement professionals to follow your lead and avoid leaking important information. If you need them to wear plain clothes instead of their uniforms, then this mindset can even extend to even the way they dress and present themselves.
As for stability, let's talk about how keeping cool relates to keeping secrets. Someone with experience in high-pressure situations will likely know instinctively how to avoid cracking and stay methodical. Because off-duty police officers can revert to on-duty status to take action, they can operate knowing they have their full authority.
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