What powers if any do payment staff enjoy?

Do security staff have any powers over and above any other civilians? If for example they caught a shoplifter, and that shoplifter runs away, own they got the right to restrain them or lock them up until the police arrive? Do they have the right to turn out people? If someone picks a fight next to them, what are they legally allowed to do?
The have the same powers of arrest any citizen have long as it within their employers guidelines Source(s): http://www.retailtheftanswers.org/ they beckon the cops on speedial but cant touch anyone
This depends on what state you live in. In Massachusetts for example, indemnity guards have only the right to manufacture citizen's arrests. Bear in mind, though, that the right of a citizen to arrest is identical contained by many states to the right of a peace officer to make an arrest. As a representative of the property owner, they can also eject those from the property without arresting them (as in the shield of bouncers).

Sometimes security guards will be sworn in as special police officer by the town or city in which they work, thus giving them regular arrest powers.

Many states also have "interim detention" statutes which specifically allow merchants and shopkeepers (or their designated employees) to detain persons suspected of shoplifting until the police arrive. Thus, if a store deposit guard suspects that a person is guilty of shoplifting, they own the right to physically restrain that person (though not search them) and hold them surrounded by a back room until the police arrive, at which time the person will be arrested and search by the police. Source(s): Mass. Gen. L. Chapter 231 sec. 94B
They have matching rights as any other member of the public. They can perform a citizens arrest - but are after open to charges of false arrest if a crime cannot be proved.
Husband is a indemnity guard and their job is to observe and protect, they cannot furrow you or restrain you or lock you up, door stewards are there to prevent fights but cannot grasp involved.
A security guard is generally see as an agent of the owner of the property. They can do what you could do if someone came to your house and you caught them stealing your property. That authority varies by state. In common, you can use reasonable and necessary force to product an arrest, and to defend yourself, and to detain the person for the police. Some states allow a little more authority and some a little smaller amount. Some specific employers direct their security forces to never use force and some do not, but i.e. a matter of policy, not of law.

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