As a follow-up to my previous Post:
We already have this to a lessos degree, certainly in Ontario. In BC, and probably in other provinces, ex-cops are employed as security regulatory inspectors. It just has to be brought out in the open. Initially, I was appalled at the thought of the police regualting the security industry. But, when I gave pause to thought, I began to relaize this is a GREAT idea! Why not have police regulating the private security industry? I can think of a myriad of problems that would be put to rest.
Standards would be raised in selection and training, security business licensing would become far more demanding (taxing:)), accountablility to the public would be improved, public image would be improved, billing rates would be set hirer, low-ballers would be vetted... These are but a few examples of benefits. I'm liking it even more.
Profesdsional development opportunities and career paths could be created by and for the industry. Ethical business practices would become the norm. Criminals kept out of the industry.
One might ask where the police resources and budget are going to come from? Easy! Retired Coppers, of course. What about the budget? That will come from industry stakeholders like security companies, and clients, fines, increased licensing costs. I think it would be a self-sustaining crown organization. It could be national in scope and fall under Public Works Canada as part of the Police Sector Council.
Before you start to moan, and throw yourself on your metaphoric sword, think about it. Who exactly created the problem? The security industry itself through its own inability to evolve itself proactively.
Were I a Cop, I would be initialting a movement within the police community to bring political interest to this opportunity.
I predict this is exactly what is going to happen across Canada and the sooner the better.
I lament and wish I was younger the opportunities are endless.