Use of Force – Command Presence

It is an identification of authority. A security officer’s mere presence brings with it the assumption that the public should obey him.

It is the lowest level of control available. How you approach someone, carry yourself, and project your image is essential. The person you are dealing with must recognize that you have the authority granted by law and the will to use that authority. It would be best if you appeared to be self-confident. Speak in a calm and pleasant voice. At this level, gestures should be non-threatening and professional.

If possible, officer presence is a “zero” level of force and is always the best way to resolve any situation.


  • Finding an individual in an unauthorized area. Simply appearing and asking, “Can I help you may be enough for the person to acknowledge his trespass and leave.