Protection of Persons and Property

Your main responsibility is to provide protection of specific people and/or at specific locations through a contractual agreement while licensed to a licensed guard company.

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Protecting People

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While guarding your assigned area, whether from a stationary position or a mobile patrol, you should be identifying potential safety hazards that might bring harm to those around you. You should also be preventing unauthorized individuals from gaining access to the site.

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Some companies will also have security officers escort employees to specific locations.

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Protecting Property

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While working, you are also responsible for preventing the loss or damage of property. This could include theft and robbery, as well as vandalism in all its forms. Security officers usually accomplish this through their presence deterring said actions. You are also often in charge of controlling access to areas through use of barriers and surveillance equipment.

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Protecting Information

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It is also important to keep sensitive information confidential to prevent stealing of intellectual property and/or cybercrimes. A security officer typically has knowledge and access to ingress and egress routes along with keys and access cards. Do not allow unauthorized use of these items. If a camera or alarm system is down or under repair, not sharing this information stops individuals from exploiting temporary vulnerabilities. Keeping passwords and special access codes confidential and computers/systems secure/locked when not actively using them prevents unauthorized access to computers and databases.

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Citizenu2019s Arrest

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Every citizen in the State of Texas has the right to make a citizenu2019s arrest. A security officer is a private citizen and therefore has that same right to make a citizenu2019s arrest although the officer does not have the same arrest power as a public servant.

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The following categories allow you to make a citizenu2019s arrest:

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  • a felony is committed in your view,
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  • a breach of the peace is committed in your view, and
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  • you are acting to prevent the consequences of theft.
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You cannot lead someone to believe you are a public servant just because you can make a citizenu2019s arrest. It is a third-degree felony to impersonate a public servant with the intent to gain compliance using a pretended official authority. This is also true of someone who knowingly exercises any function of a public servant.