Frequently Asked Questions

We often get inquiries from the public about how a special police company operates, what its jurisdiction is and other related matters. Below are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we receive. Click on the question to see the answer. If you have a question not answered here or simply want to know more, please contact us.

  • Q: Do Blue Ridge Public Safety officers go through a tough hiring process?

    A: YES! For details on the hiring process, look in our recruitment section. We have stringent background requirements that go beyond what is required by either the State of North Carolina or many public agencies. After we are satisfied with an applicant, the State's Company Police Administrator reviews our background check and documentation. Only after those requirements have been satisfied and approved is a BRPS Officer ready to be sworn in.

  • Q: Where in North Carolina does Blue Ridge Public Safety work?

    A: Blue Ridge Public Safety is based in Sapphire, NC, and serve clients in Western North Carolina, including Brevard, Cashiers, Glenville, Lake Toxaway, and Sapphire. From time to time, we work in other parts of the state as well.

  • Q: What can Blue Ridge Public Safety do for me?

    A: We provide patrol and stationary officers, alarm response, business checks, money escorts for merchants, banks, credit unions, and ATM servicing companies. We provide executive protection services for resident and visiting VIPs in the area. We also provide training services to public and private agencies.

  • Q: What is BRPS's jurisdiction?

    A: Blue Ridge Public Safety has jurisdiction on all property owned or controlled by our agency and any property that we are contracted to protect by the owner or person in possession and control of the property.

  • Q: If a criminal runs off of the property, does this mean that you can't catch him?

    A: As long as the incident started within our jurisdiction, and we are in immediate and continuous pursuit, we can pursue him as far as the state line.

  • Q: Can Blue Ridge Public Safety work for my city, town, state, or other governmental entity?

    A: Yes, we can work for any governmental entity (federal, state, town, city, housing authority, lake authority, water and sewer authority, special taxing district, etc.) in the State of North Carolina in certain circumstances. We CANNOT replace, augment, or act as your local police force. We are authorized to work on real property owned by or in the possession and control of your governmental entity. Examples would be: the town hall, town parks, any government owned buildings and land, public housing communities, hospitals, and similar areas. This would NOT include any public streets or highways nor any private property, unless we had a separate contract with each property owner.

  • Q: Are Blue Ridge Public Safety officers professionally trained?

    A: Absolutely, we do all of our own in-service training, in addition to the State of North Carolina's mandates. BRPS also provides training to other departments and companies. We are available to train your department or private company in a variety of skills.

  • Q: Where does Blue Ridge Public Safety get its authority?

    A: Chapter 74E of the North Carolina General Statutes authorizes the North Carolina Attorney General to administer the Company Police Program and certify Special Police Agencies and Officers. We are authorized to be a Special Police Agency through this program and all of our police officers are properly certified by this program.

  • Q: Do Blue Ridge Public Safety officers carry guns and other weapons?

    A: Yes. Blue Ridge Public Safety officers carry sidearms during the performance of their duties. Depending on the assignment, they may carry them openly while wearing their uniform, or concealed, when in plain clothes. Our officers also carry OC ("pepper") spray and impact weapons. All Blue Ridge Public Safety officers train regularly in firearms and defensive tactics as taught by our state certified instructors. In certain special situations, BRPS officers also carry shotguns or rifles.

  • Q: Do Blue Ridge Public Safety officers drive cars with blue lights and sirens?

    A: Yes. Blue Ridge Public Safety officers drive marked and unmarked patrol cars. We use blue lights and sirens the same way that your local police department does.

  • Q: Are Blue Ridge Public Safety officers like off-duty municipal police officers?

    A: No. We have the same powers and jurisdiction that they have, but we have a great advantage over off-duty officers. We carry our own workman's compensation insurance, liability insurance, and automobile insurance. When you hire off-duty officers from your local police agency, you are liable for any workman's compensation or claims due to the actions of the officer you are employing. Also, working for you is our primary job, not a sideline.

  • Q: Are Blue Ridge Public Safetey officers like private security guards?

    A: No, our officers are experienced police officers who have extensive training. Security guards have no more authority to detain a person or investigate a crime than any other citizens.