Detainment / Arrest – Types of Arrest

Security officers are not obligated to make an arrest! You may be at the scene when a violation occurs, but you do not have to make an arrest. Your first responsibility is protection and prevention. Also, your responsibility is to observe and report.

The purpose of this training is not to encourage you to make more arrests but to teach you the law concerning arrests so you will know what you can and cannot do under the law.

Before making an arrest, consider the following factors:

  • Physical Size – Is the suspect bigger or stronger than you? Is he or she in better physical condition or younger than you?
  • Weapons – Is the suspect armed? Could he be carrying a weapon?
  • Escape – I f you do not make an arrest now, will the suspect escape; not just leave the scene- but get away completely? Get a good description and call the police without delay, the police may be able to arrest him.
  • Type of Offense – Is the offense major or minor? You should be more concerned with major offenses. A person setting fire to the loading dock is more likely a candidate for arrest than kids climbing the fence to steal apples from the company orchards.
  • Relation to Your Job – Know your company’s SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). Does the offense relate to the property or persons you were hired to protect? As a good citizen, you want to uphold the law, but your first duty is to your client and employer.