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SECURITY GUARD’S LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND LIABILITIES
Actions based on poor judgement can lead to legal problems for both you and your employer.
You must, by law, avoid certain actions. Legal responsibilities and liabilities that affect you are
presented in this section.
HAS THE POWER TO ARREST?
The authority to arrest is given to all private persons. A security guard arrests with the
same power as any other private person. However, because the security officer wears a
uniform and badge, that can lead to misunderstanding and abuse.
IS AN ARREST?
An arrest is a form of lawful control by one person over the actions or movements of
An arrest is taking a person into custody IN A CASE and IN THE
authorized by law. An arrest may be made by a peace officer or a private person.
IS CRIMINAL LIABILITY?
Crimes are generally defined in penal statutes of a state, or the ordinances of local cities
or counties. All persons are expected to obey these laws. Anyone who violates a
criminal law is subject to a fine, and/or a term in jail, or prison, depending on the type of
crime. The potential for punishment as a result of violating a criminal law is called
CRIMINAL LIABILITY. Some acts by security guards for which criminal liability is
Threatening physical harm or otherwise frightening people when they do not
cooperate or confess to a crime.
EXCESSIVE PHYSICAL FORCE:
Where an arrest is made, the law allows only the use of physical force, which is
reasonable or necessary to restrain the suspect if he is resisting, in order to make
the arrest. Where more force is used than that which the law allows, the arresting
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