Last week we discussed what off duty police officers can do, and exactly what they are. This week we will look at exactly what an off duty police officer can do for you, and why they are absolutely necessary in many industries and for many businesses. Since off duty police officers have full police authority, many industries use them regularly. For instance, construction companies almost always have a police officer on site for work taking place on a roadway or near an intersection. In this case, the officer's presence is for traffic control. Since there are barricades on the road and workers present, it makes sense to have a off duty police officer on site to ensure compliance with the traffic laws and the safety of everyone working near or in the road. Also, many construction companies will use off duty officers for security as well. Guarding company equipment overnight to ensure that it is not damaged or stolen is a common request we get from customers. Other examples of businesses that use off duty police officers regularly include: shopping malls, movie theatres, banks, hotels, apartment complexes, homeowner's associations, and many others. Many times venues require off duty police officers on site for weddings, parties, concerts, sporting events, movie sets, etc. Also, often even celebrities will want to hire an off duty police officer in plain clothes for personal protection. The list is almost endless. If you would like to know more about hiring off duty police officers, please feel free to contact us at 602-688-COPS!
Some people ask us why they should hire an off duty police officer, so we thought we might write a short article about it. First, let's figure out what exactly an off duty police officer is and is not. Off duty police officers are NOT security guards. In the state of Arizona, police officers have law enforcement jurisdiction any where withing the state, and at any time day or night--on or off duty. So, simply put, if you hire an off duty police officer, what you get is a fully sworn, highly trained, uniformed police officer who happens to have the day off from his full time job. Guess what else, the officer will still have all the authority and arrest powers as if he or she were on duty. Best of all, the officer is working just for you! The officer's skills, knowledge, and professionalism are at your disposal the entire day to accomplish your goals. Imagine how great it is to have your very own police force at your disposal, anytime day or night. We can make that possible. Next week we will expand more on why off duty police officers are absolutely essential in many industries, and how they can benefit you!
If you have ever done an internet search for a private investigator, you have no doubt seen hundreds of PI's and investigation agencies appear on your screen. How do you know who to use? Well, start by calling around a bit. Most good reputable investigation agencies will be more than happy to give you a free consultation and go over your problem or concern with you. At Security Specialists, we have no problem talking with you about your issue, and helping you decide if you could benefit from our investigative services.
Next, look for experience by asking about your investigator's background and qualifications. For example, at Security Specialists all of our investigators are prior law enforcement personnel with loads of investigative experience.
As far a pricing goes, it is common for investigators to ask for a retainer depending on what the job or investigation will entail. However, the service is usually billed hourly, unless you are needing something very specific in which case there may be a flat rate fee. In any case, much of the cost will depend on your particular needs--hence the consultation.
Lastly, before making a decision, ensure that your investigator or agency is licensed with the state. In Arizona, licensure is handled by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. They also maintain complaint records on the licensee which you can inquire about prior to signing on with any private investigator or PI agency.
Questions? Please contact Security Specialists LLC at 602-688-COPS (2677).