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United States of America
Phone: (310) 490-3697
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TO QUESTION AND A BASIS FOR MAKING DECISIONS
GUARD’S AUTHORITY TO QUESTION PEOPLE
A security guard is an agent of the owner of the private property and, in this role, can
exercise the owner’s right to ask people on the (owner’s) property what they are doing
there, who they are, etc. If they refuse to answer the questions or if their answers are not
satisfactory, the guard may ask them to leave. If they do not leave, the guard may arrest
them for trespassing, and should call local law enforcement without unreasonable delay.
When on property and not employed as a guard, your authority is no greater than any
other person’s. On the other hand, your authority to question people is greater on
property where you are on duty as a guard.
ARE THE PROPERTY OWNER’S RIGHTS?
The owner of the property has the right to establish certain rules on his property that may
not be a part of the Penal Code. For instance, if an employee shows up for work drunk,
he may be violating a company rule. The client may want the employee sent home or
may intend to fire him. How this situation is handled is between the employer and the
and has nothing to do with the police or public law. A SECURITY GUARD
KNOW WHAT THE COMPANY POLICY STATES.
to enforce company policy could, however, result in a violation of
public law, by
or by the employee.
For example, if the employee is asked to leave and refuses, he may be arrested for
violating the public law against trespassing. On the other hand, if the guard uses
unnecessary force in removing the employee from the premises, the guard may be
arrested for violating the public laws against assault and battery.
SHOULD YOU HANDLE VIOLATIONS?
As a security guard, acting as a representative of the owner on the owner’s private
you can physically prevent a person from entering an area - but only
as a last
resort! Be sure to check with your employer regarding the way to handle a violation of
company rules, as well as how to handle a violation of public laws.
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