1. Applicant selection: Assign the appropriate employee to the task at hand and match job skills, experience and physical and mental strengths.
2. Equip based on need: We’ve all heard the phrase -“don’t bring a knife to a gunfight”. This must be followed figuratively and you must equip officers for the tasks, assignments, and duties of any given client. Make sure that personnel has bulletproof vests, communication either via cellphone or 2-way radio, and on single officer posts, make sure that they are required to call into a dispatch or answering service hourly! This could save a life and alert your company to a problem when the employee fails to check in!
3. Training: We can’t say this enough! Go above and beyond all state-required training even if it has to come out of pocket. Regular Use of Force, Self-defense, emergency response, active shooter, and duty-specific training should be given semi-annually.