Detainment / Arrest – Legal Liabilities

The authority to arrest is given to all private persons. A security officer has the same arrest power as any other private person; however, because the security officer wears a badge and a uniform, that can lead to misunderstandings and abuse.

Article 14.01 of the Code of Criminal Procedure states the conditions that allow a private person to make an arrest.

Article 14.1 “Offense with In View” A peace officer or any other person may, without a warrant, arrest an offender when their offense is committed in his presence or within his view. if the offense is one class as a felony or as an offense against the public peace.

Actions based on poor judgment can lead to legal problems for both you and your employer. You must, by law, avoid certain actions. The legal responsibilities and liabilities that affect you are presented in this section.