Local police and security guards are often compared with each other. Equipment, uniforms, and function are often similar. So, it is quite a logical comparison. However, if you do not know what the tasks, uniforms, and responsibilities of both professions, it is easy to mix them up.
The main difference is the origin of duties. Security guards are working for a client and they are hired to protect a business, people, or an event. All the duties they need to perform are all contractual agreed with their client. Security guards are protecting private property and not public property. Their main task to keep private property protected from criminal activity.
Think of a security guard posted in front of the house of a famous pop star. His or her job is to make sure that the private property of this pop star is protected and that unwanted visitors are kept away from the property.
Local police are not working for a client. Local police are working through law enforcement. Even though their job description includes the word ‘protection’ as well, the local police are mainly responsible for overseeing the safety of neighborhoods, towns, and communities. They are serving the people and make sure they can live safely and happily. Think about helping the elderly crossing the street or help to free a cat that got stuck high up in a tree. If necessary, local police can enforce the law in case a neighborhood, the town or community is being threatened by criminals.
It can be that security guards act as police officers. They are then also able to enforce the law in case the on-duty local police are not present. The exact circumstances vary per state, but bottom-line security guards can question without a probable cause to keep their client’s property safe. Whereas, local police can enforce the law and serve to protect the public. Contact us for more information about our security guard services.