Proposed new law examines security guard powers

The Canadian Press
Thursday February 09, 2012
Written by The Canadian Press
MPs on the Commons justice committee have been told that private security guards outnumber police at least two-to-one in this country and the ratio is only going to increase.
The president of the Association of Professional Security Agencies says a proposed new law to clarify citizen's arrests and defence of property is very timely in light of the booming, private security business.

The Conservative legislation expands and simplifies the concept of reasonable force, and gives private citizens — including their paid security guards — more time to grab a suspect after witnessing a crime.

Private security advocate Ross McLeod told MPs he'd like to see the law go even further and give security guards the power to lay minor charges for crimes such as public disorder and shoplifting.

But Tom Stamatakis, president of a national group that represents front-line police officers, warned MPs against any Criminal Code changes that broaden the mandate of private security.

Changes to the law were sparked in part by the high-profile case of a Toronto grocer who was charged in 2009 after collaring a shoplifter and locking him in a van until police arrived.

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0 #6 frank 2013-01-31 21:14
Quoting Fred Schelman:
Ross McLeod is so wrong that giving security guards more power is the way to go. His Parapoliciing is just another term for police want to be's. Ross should stick to private security doing what they do and no more.


Fred Schelman : are you serious the amount that security dose and you come out with a state ment like that man. like grow up and open your eyes , security needs more power people see them as a joke and when there not there they just b**** oh were was security. security should have same rights as the ones in the u.s and then call it fair.
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0 #5 frank 2013-01-31 21:14
Fred Schelman : are you serious the amount that security dose and you come out with a state ment like that man. like grow up and open your eyes , security needs more power people see them as a joke and when there not there they just b**** oh were was security. security should have same rights as the ones in the u.s and then call it fair.
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-3 #4 Fred Schelman 2012-03-12 18:35
Ross McLeod is so wrong that giving security guards more power is the way to go. His Parapoliciing is just another term for police want to be's. Ross should stick to private security doing what they do and no more.
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+7 #3 Matty 2012-03-05 07:50
As an experienced Security Guard I have been closely following the chages that have been taking place in the industry and noticing that with the currently implemented changes, the training has been lacking.

I think it's wonderful that the Security Guard is finally taking the steps to move forward as a Professional form of employment, however we will never truly get there without quality trining to ensure that we aren't plastered all over the news for misuse of our professional power.

I think before we fight to change laws giving the Security Guard more power we should concentrate on ensuring we are trained and proficient in the skill set needed to provide the service we are already providing.
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-3 #2 J. Paul Quevillon 2012-02-13 23:42
No changes are needed re laying of informations for public disorder and shoplifting, as anyone can lay an information. Should revert to old system where police officers lay information and then proceed to give it to the Crown to process.
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+5 #1 cory 2012-02-13 18:02
a new law that i would love to see is giving security the power to issue noise bylaw tickets examples are parties that are way to loud and out of control in apartment buildings giving us the ability to issue noise citations would cut down on the police having to respond to so many loud noise complaints
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