L3R – 7.3 Definitions


I Force

Force can be used as both a noun and a verb. As a security officer, it is important to understand the
word in all its contexts and to use force only when necessary.

a. Noun

  • Strength or energy brought to bear, cause of motion or change, active power; moral or mental strength; capacity to persuade or convince.
  • Violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon person or thing.
  • The quality of conveying impressions intensely in writing or speech.

b. Verb

  • To do violence to.
  • To compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means.
  • To make or cause through natural or logical necessity.
  • To achieve or win by strength in struggle or violence.
  • An aggressive act committed by any person which does not amount to assault and is necessary to accomplish an objective.
  • Synonyms – compel, coerce, constrain, oblige.

c. Reasonable or Necessary Force

Reasonable force or necessary force is the amount of lawful physical coercion sufficient to achieve a legitimate law enforcement objective and is objectively reasonable under the facts, circumstances, and alternatives confronting an officer at the time action is taken.

d. Deadly Force

Deadly force is force that is intended or known by the actor to cause, or in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.

II Seizure

Seizure means the restraint of property by a peace officer under Article 59.03(a) or (b) of this code, whether the officer restrains the property by physical force or by a display of the officer’s authority and includes the collection of property or the act of taking possession of property.