L3 – 11.2 Chapter Outline Details

Chapter Outline Details

  1. Identify the types of intermediate weapons that may be carried by commissioned security officers.
  2. Identify the proper grip and baton stances.
  3. Identify baton blocking techniques.
  4. Identify baton striking techniques.
  5. Identify the tracing C baton retention technique.

Note: As a participant, it is YOUR responsibility to know and obey the statutes, the administrative code, and your company’s use-of-force policies and procedures when using the techniques presented in this course. During the 88th Legislative Session, HB 3424 requires that all self-defense tactics instruction be conducted in person.

Note: Intentionally using an intermediate weapon on the head, neck, groin, or spine would be classified as deadly or lethal force.

Expandable batons, straight batons, electroshock devices, and chemical dispensing devices such as oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray are often called intermediate weapons. These intermediate weapons are utilized as a reasonable force option against individuals demonstrating threatening resistance, —meaning someone who poses an articulable threat of harm, to the security officer or another person.

Authority to Carry

The Texas Department of Public Safety Regulatory Services Division website specifies and explains the current restrictions on clubs and chemical dispensing devices.

a.   Baton

Batons fall under the definition of clubs. The carrying of a club is generally prohibited by Penal Code Section 46.02. Under Section 46.15(b)(4) and (5), a commissioned security officer that is either engaging in the performance of their assignment or is traveling to or from their assignment in full uniform is exempt from the prohibitions of 46.02. Section 46.03 prohibits the carrying of a club in

numerous specific places and provides limited defenses relating to the premises of a racetrack or the secured area of an airport (see sub. (d) and (h), respectively). There is no certification specific to the carrying of clubs.

b.   Chemical Dispensing Device

The carrying of a chemical dispensing device is prohibited by Penal Code Section 46.05. Subsection

(f) of Section 46.05 provides a defense to prosecution for security officers who have received training on the use of a chemical dispensing device that is either (1), provided by TCOLE or (2), approved by the Department. The Department has approved training on the use of a chemical dispensing device when administered to a security officer who has successfully completed the board approved Level III training.

c.    Controlled Energy Weapon

The carrying of a Controlled Energy Weapon such as a taser® or similar weapon is not expressly prohibited under Texas law. Neither the Private Security Act, nor the related administrative rules, address the carrying of such a weapon by a security officer. There is no certification for the use of such weapons.