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Is a Courtesy Officer Right for Your Apartment Complex?

Jul 19, 2020 by Marc Rapport

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A Few Pluses A Few Minuses
The officer will know the property and residents and become a part of the community, especially if it's a long-term arrangement that naturally builds loyalty and connection. The property manager may well lack experience in training and managing an apartment courtesy officer.
Police officers will have superior training, experience, and police powers. Security guards can enforce the apartment complex rules but not local and state laws. Terminating an apartment courtesy officer may also mean terminating the lease.
Apartment courtesy officers can be very loyal for years due to housing discounts. Off-duty police officers can get called away suddenly, leaving the property unprotected.
An apartment courtesy officer can do anything a security guard can do and more. Many police officers work very long hours. They could be too tired to effectively take on extra duties.

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