Security Officers Use of Force Continuum Guidelines

security guards and force continuum Security guards are sometimes at risk of physical danger — it’s an implied part of the job description and comes with the territory, but there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to handle such danger.  So how are you supposed to handle critical situations that arise suddenly and without warning? Assuming you’ve had the necessary training required to legally work as a security guard, along with additional certifications for carrying weapons such as chemical agents, batons, and firearms, you may be able to borrow the concept of Force Continuum from police academies.

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What is Force Continuum? Force Continuum is a six-level plan that police officers often rely on to guide them through life-threatening emergencies.  While situations will vary based on the persons and motives involved, security officers can also apply these tactics if and when necessary in order to defend the environment they’ve been hired to protect. Level 1:  Alert Presence Did you know that just the physical presence of a security officer can prevent crimes?  People are much less likely to commit crimes if they see that there are alert security guards standing by, waiting to catch someone in the act! Level 2:  Verbal Communication Using your voice can help hinder potential crimes.  Asking people to be quiet at an indoor event or directing them to keep away from certain public areas can be extremely affective in terms of achieving the desired results.  Remember, your appearance (often in a uniform or customized outfit) represents authority.  When you add voice to that, it can be very effective. Level 3:  Physical Restraints In the event that your presence and words aren’t enough, certain types of physical restraints may become necessary, like using your hands to hold someone if that’s the only way to prevent further danger and harm.  Of course, this is not a free pass to punch that person in the face, you are allowed to use such reasonable force necessary to restrain an individual, so always think before you react and don’t escalate the situation by channeling your favorite superhero. Level 4:  Chemical Agents At this stage, pepper spray may be used to distract perpetrators while you take other actions, like getting others to safety or notifying the police.  Remember, pepper spray can cause blindness as well as other types of serious harm, and should not be your first go-to method for alleviating disruptions. Level 5:  Temporary Incapacitation When using your bare hands to restrain someone doesn’t seem like enough to properly defend other people as well as yourself from immediate physical danger, non-deadly force may be applied, including the use of batons.  If you must resort to temporary incapacitation, make sure that you’re using your weapons in a manner that is still deemed legally compliant. Level 6:  Deadly Force Most states allow you to use deadly force if you’re truly in immediate fear of death or serious bodily injury.  This phase may involve the use of firearms, so the range of the bullet must be considered.  For example, shooting someone running at you with an ax will be evaluated differently than you shooting random people across the street because of your own negligence or state of panic. Let’s hope you never have to experience the physical dangers and emotional trauma that the Force Continuum includes, but the more knowledgeable you are about the possible influences and results of the job, the better. After all, you don’t want to be caught off guard!

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