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ED Jan 2016

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20 January 2016 Club Bulletin www.EDpublications.com constitutional rules regarding "detention, arrest and searching" as cops do. The rules for law enforcement are very strict and restrictive, as they should be. However, because club security employees are not law enforcement agents, they don't have to follow the same restrictive governmental rules. I'll tell you that every state in our country has some sort of legal language surrounding private person's arrest or detention. Some states have extensive information and some have limited amounts. I would encourage you to research this area to be totally educated on their state law. Also, don't be surprised if your local deputy or street cops have no idea what the legal language is surrounding private person's arrest or detention. Should any of you have trouble finding your state's specific guidelines, feel free to contact me. Next, we discussed some of the fears that managers and owners have regarding their hosts grabbing and holding guests who are doing something wrong. If that security host must grab or hold a guest for some real legal offense, just admit that that security host, at that moment, is possibly making a detention. Right or wrong, legal detention or not, that guest is not free to continue their actions and has been "stopped". This is, on its face, the easiest way to describe a security host who is making a detention or arrest. The manager or owner must just concede that they want their security hosts to stop fights or to stop guests vandalizing their property. If this is true, which it always is, then the security host is being given permission to make detentions or arrests. Trust me on this. I know that some readers are already saying, "We don't arrest people, only police arrest people" or "I don't want my team to make detentions" or even "I was told we couldn't arrest guests." Please, please remember that I've heard every one of these statements and just can't address them in a magazine article. Consider attending the 2016 ED Show and EXPO in New Orleans and ask your questions directly to me. Robert C. Smith is the President and CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants, Inc. His company has trained over 5,000 hospitality industry employees and worked with over 1,000 bars, clubs, restaurants and other alcohol service venues nationwide. Now retired after 20-years as a San Diego Police Officer, Roberts and his company will have an even louder and far reaching voice on improving the training for guards and the standards for security working in the hospitality industry as a whole. For more information on Nightclub Security Consultants, visit Nightclubsecurity.com, go to www.facebook.com/ bouncertraining or follow on Twitter @bouncercoach. continued from page 18

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