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NCJ Number: 140285 Find in a Library
Title: Private Security
Corporate Author: Virginia State Crime Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Virginia State Crime Commission was authorized by the General Assembly to study the arrest authority of private security personnel, the minimum training standards for private security guards mandated by the State Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the feasibility of civil immunity for private security personnel.
Abstract: The Code of Virginia allows an armed contractual private security guard to arrest a suspect for an offense occurring in his presence while on property he was hired to protect or in the presence of a merchant with probable cause to believe the suspect has committed willful concealment of merchandise. However, the State Criminal Justice Services Board only requires private security guards to complete 16 hours of training, which includes 4 hours of instruction on legal authority. The Code denies unarmed contractual security guards any arrest authority not provided to an ordinary citizen. Unarmed private security guards undergo 12 hours of training, identical to that required of armed private security guards, less 4 hours of firearms training. The Committee recommended that the relevant sections of the Code of Virginia be retained in their current form, that the Criminal Justice Services Board reevaluate the firearms training requirement for armed guards, and that the Crime Commission continue to monitor the private security industry. 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Arrest procedures; Private police
Index Term(s): Citizen arrests; Private security officer training; State laws; Virginia
Note: House Document No. 11
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