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).
your normal responsibilities include the preventing of problems
and observation of detail after an offense,
there may be rare occasions when you consider it necessary to
company in the private security industry has different policies
about when and if you should arrest. If you don’t know your
company’s policy, find out.
guard’s legal powers to arrest are no greater than those of any
other private citizen. An arrest made by such a private party is
commonly known as a “citizen’s arrest.”
to the Penal Code Section 834, “An arrest is taking a person
into custody in a manner authorized by law.” Penal Code Section
834 also goes on to state that, “An arrest may be made by a
peace officer or by a private person.”
Code Section 837 specifies the conditions under which you, as a
private person, may make an arrest. “A private person may arrest
For a public offense committed or attempted in his presence.
When the person arrested has committed a felony, although not in
When a felony has been, in fact, committed and he has reasonable
cause for believing
person arrested to have committed it.”
making your decision to arrest someone, you must first determine
whether the offense is a felony or a misdemeanor.
OF A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE
you observed a person picking up a rock and throwing it through a
plate glass window, that person could be arrested. Breaking a
window is a misdemeanor offense and you know that he committed the
offense because you saw him do it.
arrest someone for the commission of a misdemeanor, the offense
must be 1) committed, or 2) attempted in
OF A FELONY OFFENSE
are patrolling an apartment complex and you see an apartment door
open. You look inside and see that the place has been burglarized.
As you leave the apartment, you see two men carrying large bundles
of assorted valuables to a waiting van. They see you and speed up.
You call for them to halt, but they load up the van and are in the
process of getting into the front seat. You are justified in
questioning these men.
the other hand, consider this: You are told by an apartment
dweller that he was just burglarized and you see two men walking
towards a van with the motor running. The men look around
suspiciously but are carrying nothing. You should get descriptions
and observe and report.
arrest someone for committing a felony, 1) the felony must have
been committed and 2) you must have reasonable cause for believing
that the person you are arresting actually committed the felony.