The Law and Arrest Part 2

Security Operatives Power of Arrest

Following on from the previous article on this subject I want to go a bit further into the topic of power of arrest. In the last article we covered some areas including the legality of arrest. The basis for arrest and some legislative areas. In this article I’m want to develop that a little. I want to talk in this article about the duty of care element of arrest, dealing with minors, and the use of force in effecting an arrest. There has been a huge amount of comments and questions from the first article and I’m going to do my best to make sure that they are all answered here as well. Lastly to say that this article was only ever meant to be an overview of the legal position of arrest and not a how to guide. Some of the feedback has been around more practical points of detection models etc. and I’ll cover that in a different article. Of course I need to finish with the usual disclaimer. I’m not a legal expert and dont claim to be a solicitor. I’m a security professional with a lot of years of experience and education in the sector and I spend a lot of my time researching teaching and testing this stuff in the real world. Don’t just take my word for this stuff. Go research it yourself.

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Getting Work in the Security industry

Getting the “good”  jobs in the security industry

The security industry right now is in a strange position. There are more licences in circulation than there are security roles yet there is still a shortage of staff in the industry. The problem isn’t quantity for employers it’s quality. Hiring a person is easy, hiring the right person is something else entirely. We could argue all day long about employers paying low wages and poor conditions etc but let’s face it moaning about it on here isn’t going to change that. It also brushes over the fact that there are good employers both in-house and contract out there who do treat employees well and have great teams working for them. This article not about employers though. It’s about employees and how you can go about getting “good” work in the industry. I’ve been on both sides of that equation so here’s my views on the subjec

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Leadership in the security industry

The lost skills of leadership and ownership

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to speak on the Tao of the Velvet Rope podcast from the United States. For those of you not familiar with the show it’s a podcast dedicated to the door security industry and is ran by a man called Miguel DeCoste. If you aren’t familiar with Mr. DeCoste’s work I recommend you check out his website here.  The interview ended up filling 2 episodes of the podcast and we got the chance to really dig into the industry both here and in the United States. If I’m honest it could have gone on for another 2-3 hours easily (I’m hard to shut up once I start talking about the industry). One of the topics we covered in the second episode was leadership and ownership in the security industry and that is what I would like to talk about here.

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Security Notebooks: A data goldmine

Security Operatives notebook as a privacy risk

This week is a bit of an eye opener for many people. For decades security operatives have carried and used notebooks as a staple part of their equipment. I myself still use one and strongly believe in them as an excellent tool. In fact I published a blog and short video on the subject recently. However we must also recognise that times change and we need to be constantly adapting to ensure we are complying with not only new legislation but the demands society place on us as service providers. Data and privacy are now the most valuable commodity that people possess and one which security operatives must guard for the public with as much care as they would products, property or persons in their care. Recently I wrote to the data protection commissioner with a number of queries about the data we collect in our notebooks. The answers are detailed below and throw up some serious questions for security operatives and for employers. It doesn’t mean the end of the security notebook but it does mean we need some more security around the data we collect in them.

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