When the public thinks of First Responders, they often discount the fact that private security officers are the originating First Responders. Police, Fire and EMS are not first on scene of an event as often as the Private Security Officer—in the natural flow of an emerging situation.
Perception is reality, but only in the absence of communication.
The private security industry has within its power the ability to shift the paradigm and perception of the public. Here at the LSBPSE, we are committed to assisting our industry in doing just that. Private security officers and the public at large, are often the first and convergent responders to an incident. It is the security industry and the public who typically make notification to municipal and parish first responder services, such as police, fire and EMS.
The LSBPSE is developing a very brief survey to see if the industry would like (and would benefit from) the development and offering of FREE training, conducted regionally, to address emerging trends, techniques and areas of focus for our security officers who are on post. This is a value added service to achieve our mandate to give credit for continuing professional education (L.R.S. 37:3274).
Let’s not allow misconceptions shape our reality.
As business owners, and employees, we all know the harsh realities of being the boots on the ground response force, whether it’s be in a small, medium or large setting. Help the LSPBSE educate the public, as we seek to gather and share stories that demonstrate how a great many of our licensed officers are truly unsung heroes!