Detainment / Arrest – Use of Force in an Arrest

If the suspect resists, you are permitted to use no greater force than is necessary to affect his detention and arrest. A judge or jury will have the final say regarding whether or not you acted reasonably.

Examples of excessive force include:

  • Knocking unconscious and unarmed suspect when he is only trying to leave the scene. Handcuffs may be used on persons who have resisted or are suspects you think may be trying to resist or escape.
  • Using physical force against someone who is only verbally provoking you. As a security officer, you will have to deflect and ignore rude comments.