Private Security vs Public Security – Differences Explained
Private security and public police provide some of the same services and sometimes they even mirror each other, but there are distinct differences among the similarities. The scopes of their duties are different and each has advantages and disadvantages
Private security is contracted services to companies, people or organizations for the protection of personnel and property. Private security includes guard services, private investigators, body guards and retail (in-house) detectives. All of these positions have limited police powers, and need some training and licensing, but have fewer restraints than public police.
Public police are part of a government entity–local, county, state or federal. All public police are based on a paramilitary model and have strict requirements, training and certification.
Public police are controlled by politics and government establishments, and restrained by laws and rules, but their role is the safety and welfare of the public.
Is Private Security Better than Public Security in South Africa?
Private security companies are trained security personnel employed and managed by private companies. Unlike government-employed police forces that are governed by politics, the government and the law, private security are contracted by an organization to protect personnel and property.
This means that private security working on your property may deny unauthorized access to your business, while enforcing the rules of your company. They are also allowed to search employee’s belongings in the interest of your company. All of these powers allow private security to act in real time to any threats that may occur on your property. Public police cannot enforce the rules of your company, and may only aid after the crime has been committed due to governmental restrictions on private property.
To be part of a legitimate private security company, security personnel must be license, trained and certified by the governing authorities. This license proves that the security officer has skills required to conduct his or her job satisfactorily.
Mantis Security ensures that their employees meet these requirements, and have performed rigorous background checks on each employee. They also enforce training practices on the job, and supervise their employees to maintain a high standard of work.
Another advantage of hiring a private security company is the increased scope of protection they may offer you. Private security covers personal bodyguard protection, uniformed or unmarked security, patrols, or even undercover security. They will first consult with you the needs of your company’s safety, and will set up an appropriate force tailored perfectly to your needs. This includes Point of Access gate houses and camera security – which are perfect for schools, businesses and estates. Private security also often has newer and more effective equipment, because they are not restricted by government funding. This allows them to truly ensure full coverage without compromising your safety.