Considerations for Security Pros

“We need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else. Or you could be getting it from someone else. Stay at home.”

That’s what U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said March 23rd on NBC as he warned that the COVID-19 was going to get worse in the U.S. 

Many security and law enforcement professionals weren’t able to – and still can’t – stay home. They’ve been on duty, keeping their commitment to maintaining the safety of people and property.

“As a security professional you are essential personnel and have been allowed to work,” says Leumas Security Services Founder and Rent-A-Cop Reboot co-author Samuel Griffin. “Stay in contact with your supervisors regarding any impact on your schedule due to a variety of changes that may affect you, such as a child’s school schedule, or business closings.”

Griffin also reminds security professionals to stick with what they have learned.

“Rely on your training, as well as your policies and procedures,” he says. “People are scared and anxious during this pandemic. We must use our verbal skills more than ever, and be clear about when and how to reasonably restrain or detain someone if necessary. Also make sure you understand the use of ‘equal force,’ which guides you to use an equal or lesser level of engagement when you are physically attacked. For example, don’t punch and kick someone who throws a beer on you.”

It’s easier to stick to your professional guidelines if your personal life is in order.

“Take the necessary precautions that are posted on the CDC website and follow them,” Griffin reminds security professionals.

“Financial concerns can hurt your focus, so take the necessary precautions to address them,” says Griffin.

“Call your mortgage company or landlord and ask for a deferment if needed. For your car loan, ask for an extension, or if you can skip a payment through a program whoever financed your loan may be offering. Check with your credit card company about not requiring minimum payments, and extensions on payments of three to six months,” he suggests.

“Take care of your finances now so you can go to work with a clear head,” Griffin says. “The process does take some time on the phone, but you will have peace of mind when you’re done. It is an important way of being personally secure while doing what you do to keep others secure.”

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