Monday, February 19, 2007
Private Security Guard questions
Q: What detaining authority does private security have? (For example in bars or liquor stores.) Do they have authority outside of the business they are representing?

A: Private security (or store officials) in Indiana generally may detain someone if they are acting as an agent of the business and have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed as i mention in another post this week. Private security guards in Indiana do not have "police" or "arrest powers" in terms of making a lawful arrest as spelled out in IC Code 20-12-3.5-2, but may act as an agent of the property for making a detention to contact police of the good faith belief of a crime having occured, such as shoplifting, or trespassing, as an example.

posted by South Bend Police Department @ 12:48 PM  

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