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The Security Guard's Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities

This section describes a security guard's legal responsibilities and liabilities. Actions based on poor judgment can lead tolegal problems for both you and your employer. It is possible for you to be sued, be arrested, and to lose your securityguard license and/or your job if you do not obey the laws.What is an Arrest?An arrest is a form of lawful control by one person over the actions or movements of another. An arrest is taking a personinto custody IN A CASE and IN THE MANNER authorized by law. An arrest may be made by a peace officer or a privateperson (citizen's arrest).The authority to arrest is given to all private persons. A security guard arrests with the same power as any other privateperson. However, because the security officer wears a uniform and badge, that can lead to misunderstanding and abuse.

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