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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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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Security Operative Report Writing

Writing professional security reports

This week we are going to look at the essential task of completing an incident report. It’s the part of the job that not many people like but it is nevertheless essential. I’ve been there at the end of a long night in a club when all you want is to get home to bed and the manager walks out with a stack of empty report forms to complete. I’ve been there after an arrest that’s gone violent and you need a report for the store manager asap. I’ve also been on the other side of that  equation. I’ve gotten phone calls from irate customers the morning after an incident or a persons solicitor the day after an incident when I haven’t had reports. In both of those cases the absence of a report hasn’t looked professional but the quality of the report that does arrive is the real critical part. Reports can save you or cost you after incidents. One of my maxims in the security industry is ” even if what you did was correct you can still lose if it doesn’t look correct or you don’t record it correctly”. In this article I want to help you with that part. I’ve seen too many people cost jobs and money because of poorly written reports.

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