Thankfully, regulations and laws have been established to coordinate and check the activities of the private security sector. These regulations foster better understanding and working relationships between law enforcement agencies and security agencies. In spite of these, several conflicts occur due to the “lack of confidence” in each other. The regulations also have some legal flaws and loopholes that created avenues hindering cooperation between these two arms of security.
Let’s discuss some of these issues and challenges.
Unpopular but legal. Moonlighting officers are state-decorated police officers who work as both police officers and also as security guards while not on duty. One can regard this as one of the legal side hustles of a cop. The popular accusation is that these moonlighting officers do abuse their uniform and authority because they are lightly regulated by the state. They usually do not make cooperation easy especially while on duty with guards who aren’t police officers.
Lack Of Adequate Education On Roles
Despite the stipulated regulations, law enforcement agents are still poorly misinformed about the service of private securities. There is evidence that law enforcement officers have limited knowledge and information about private securities roles. This naturally fuels the under-appreciation of private guards.
It can be safe to say that the lack of adequate understanding of the private guard’s role led to mistrust on the part of the law enforcement agents. Police officers generally have the erroneous assumption that security guards are mostly not educated, have poor training, and do not have the expertise to help reduce crimes. As a result, police officers generally do not have a healthy relationship with private security. They do not trust guards with information, profiled cases, etc.
Arising from mistrust and lack of information, unhealthy competition has grown between these arms of security agencies.