As the nation continues to grow economically, construction is happening on the edges of many cities, and even within urban cores. Retail spaces, apartment complexes, residential neighborhoods, office parks, industrial and factory properties, and even storage warehouses are popping up all over the place. Many properties like to have a security service watch over them, on top of or in addition to patrols from local law enforcement. Businesses needing security is a prime business opportunity for those with the resources to create their security service, but certain obligations have to be met. Keep reading to learn four ways to be in compliance with laws and regulations for security services.
1) Hire off-duty or former law enforcement personnel to be on your staff
Local cops are going to be great sources of information on the legislation and regulations that govern security services in their municipalities, especially given that the nature of their work is going to involve interactions with a private security guard service in many situations. Off-duty cops looking for a little extra income on the side is a great place to start recruiting for employees for your service, and recently retired officers are an excellent resource if you need full-timers. Having local law enforcement resumes on your team is a great selling point to customers and clients as well.
2) Consult an attorney
Creating a business as a legal entity is going to entail legal paperwork at some point. Self-employed individuals and minuscule operations might get away with just filing necessary paperwork online through a legal service website, but a full-fledged security service needs to have actual professional representation, even if the total number of employees technically qualifies as a small business. Given that security agencies can sometimes wind up in legal situations or be faced with potential litigation from upset citizens, it makes sense to go ahead and have a good attorney at the onset of the franchise to know the local rules from day one and be in compliance with them.
3) Contact the local chamber of commerce
Practically every community has a chamber of commerce where local business owners and managers can get together often and network, meeting people, asking questions, and exchanging ideas. These are great places to look for answers to local questions. If the first person you ask doesn’t know the answers, they probably either know someone who does or who to talk to.
4) Do online research
It’s a bad idea to rely on this alone by itself, as it’s easy to miss things or misinterpret them. However, depending on where exactly you are starting your security service, you might have to be in compliance with city or town, county, state, and even federal laws, rules, and regulations all at once. There might even be community-specific homeowners association bylaws in certain neighborhoods. Get a rough idea of each level of red tape, and then use personal contacts to deal with specifics.
Now that you know four ways to learn laws and regulations governing security services, you can make sure that yours is in compliance with applicable ordinances.