THE B.S.I.S. POWER TO ARREST OFFICIAL MANUAL
is a sample of what you will learn in the course. Oberve
this is a sample only, not the course itself. You have to
register inside for the course, which provides multi-media
(videos, reading material, audio reading, interactive testing).
IS A SECURITY GUARDíS JOB?
security guard is assigned to protect specific people and
property. This may include detecting
some of the same offenses that would cause a peace officer to act,
such as a fight or burglary. But it would not include other
offenses such as motor vehicle traffic violations or prostitution.
example, if you were on duty at a plant gate and you observed two
teenagers having an auto race down a public road, you would not
try to arrest them. You may decide to report it to the police if a
telephone is nearby. But you were hired to protect the plant - not
to arrest speeders.
fact, you should be suspicious of any activity that may draw you
away from your post. It could be a plan to draw your attention
away from your duties.)
IS A PEACE OFFICER'S JOB?
officers are law enforcement officers such as Sheriffs and their
Deputies, Constables, Marshals, members of city police forces and
other officers whose duty is to enforce the law and preserve the
public peace. If a law is violated, peace officers are required to
pursue and apprehend the person responsible. This is not required
of a security guard!
a peace officerís responsibilities are different from a security
- SECURITY GUARDS only
protect specific people and property.
- POLICE (PEACE OFFICERS)
protect all people and all property and enforce laws.
OTHER DUTIES COULD A SECURITY GUARD HAVE?
security guard may be responsible for maintaining certain company
rules established by the client (company). These could include:
employees to show their badges when entering the
lunch pails as employees leave the plant; or
safety standards and reporting hazards; blocked exits,
fire safety, slippery floors, etc.
guardís supervisor or the client (company) will give him
instructions on helping employees observe company rules and
IS THE KEY
security guardís concern is to protect persons and prevent
damage or destruction to property.
is the key word.
example, if you spotted some young people trying to climb a fence
to enter private property, you
should shout at them or turn on the lights. Do anything lawful
that would discourage their trespassing, donít wait until they
cross the fence so you can arrest them.
typical situation might be: A person intends to steal from a
store, but suddenly sees a uniformed security guard on patrol. The
person leaves the store without stealing anything. The guard,
simply by being in uniform, has prevented a crime.
you canít prevent an incident, the proper action is to observe
and report. You should:
SECURITY GUARDíS ROLE
the incident: PREVENTION DURING
OR AFTER the incident: OBSERVE AND REPORT
a serious offense, such as robbery, burglary, or assault with a
deadly weapon, has been committed,
you will need help to apprehend the suspect.
THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY. Even police who are trained to make
forcible arrests are encouraged to call for help in dangerous
You are patrolling the grounds of a factory at 2:00 a.m. and see
two armed adults entering the stock room. What should you do? (You
should call the police, then observe and report.)
While you are guarding a sporting goods store, a man runs out of
the store. Ten seconds later, the owner runs to you and says there
has been a robbery. What should you do?
the owner call the police, then observe and report.)
You are patrolling a store parking lot. A shopper loads Christmas
gifts into a station wagon parked in the lot and goes back to do
more shopping. The windows of the wagon are open, and three boys
are gathered around the station wagon looking in. What should you
do? (You should try to prevent a possible theft by making your
You are on guard in a jewelry store. An employee showing diamond
rings to a customer is called
to the telephone. The customer is left alone with the display box
of diamond rings. What should you do? (You should try to
discourage a theft by making your presence known.)