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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The Law and Arrest Part 1

Security Operatives and Arrest

This weeks article is about the the technical subject of arrest. It’s a basic legal principle which both confuses and scares people on equal measure. While it should be an easy topic to explain it is also one which has to be taken very seriously. There are many very serious legal, safety and ethical issues to be considered when approaching the subject and all security operatives should take the time to make sure that they are fully aware of all of these issues. I’m going to do my best to summarise the subject here but as I have said before I’m not a solicitor and don’t claim to be. I am a person who have spent many hours researching the subject and testing that research in the real world. I’m by no means an expert and I implore you to do your own research and get legal advise after reading this. Don’t rely on me, anybody else or any company policy (many of which are legally flawed) to inform you. They can’t save you if it goes wrong. This is probably going to turn into a two part article as the subject is so important.

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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: Questions and Answers

Your security questions answered

Something a little different this week. This week I’m doing a bit of a rapid fire question and answer session in response to some of the questions received over the past week or so via Facebook and email. There’s also a video version of it to be added to YouTube later if you’re  too busy to read it all. I’m not going to identify the people who asked the questions but thank you to all who did. I’m always happy to answer any queries people may have at any time so feel free to get in touch with whatever questions you might have.
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