How to Act Fast with a Protest on the Rise


Protest Security Services – Protect Your Business During Demonstrations

In the U.S., the right to assemble is a constitutional right, and in fact, peaceful protest and assembly are also protected by several international laws, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Protests and demonstrations have long been an effective way for groups to have their voices heard by those in power. When the protest is taking place outside your home or business, it can be both a hassle and a security risk. Whether you’ve heard about a possible demonstration or you’re dealing with long-term protests, Off Duty Services can make employees and clients feel safe when entering and exiting the building while allowing peaceful protesters to exercise their right to assemble.

Why is Demonstration & Protest Preparedness Important?

In the last decade, politics, financial instability, and religious turmoil around the globe have led to a dramatic increase in the number of protests. Whatever the reason for demonstrations, they can negatively impact businesses from a financial standpoint by preventing patrons from safely entering an office location. Additionally, they place unnecessary stress on employees who have to navigate around protesters, not to mention the security and safety risks associated with large groups of assembled people on or near your property. With the increasing risk for protest and demonstration, it becomes more important for businesses to create plans to respond to protests peacefully and efficiently. Having a security presence during a protest can:

  • Keep protestors from getting too close to your building, employees, and patrons
  • Ensure your employees and patrons are safe
  • Prevent overcrowding
  • Minimize your liability and decrease safety and security risks during demonstrations
  • Reduce risk of violent outbursts
  • Diminish need to resort to calling 911 or taking other drastic steps

How Can Protest Security Protect My Business?

Being prepared for any eventuality helps to minimize risk and ensure the safety of individuals on both sides of a protest. Some of the benefits of investing in protest security include:

  • The sight of security professionals can deter individual protesters who are considering taking a peaceful demonstration a step farther.
  • Trained security professionals know the warning signs that a peaceful assembly is turning into a mob situation, and they can take effective action to quell disturbances with minimal upset.
  • Should a demonstration escalate, a security professional serves as your first line of defense, and they can serve as a liaison between your business and the police and emergency response teams when necessary.

Why Should I Work with Off Duty Services?

Many private security companies rely on individuals who may not have the knowledge, training, capacity and expertise to provide effective security for your business. Off Duty Services stands head and shoulders above similar companies because we rely on fully trained and qualified off duty police officers to provide our security services. Some of the other benefits of working with Off Duty Services include:

  • The Off Duty Services team can act fast in case of protest or demonstration with thousands of officers available across the U.S.
  • We streamline the private security process giving our clients one point of contact who is available 24/7.
  • You pay one invoice to our team instead of numerous individual paychecks.
  • We handle the hassle – scheduling, insurance, and certifying personnel.
  • Our customers are protected under ODS’ comprehensive insurance program for officers assigned to their posts.

If you want to learn more or schedule our services to help with security during a protest or demonstration, please call or use our online contact form to get started.

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