Florida law now confers upon licensed security personnel the power to detain

Florida law now confers upon licensed security personnel the power to detain. The new law authorizes a uniformed licensed security officer or security agency manager on the premises at a “critical infrastructure facility” (a term defined in the bill) to temporarily detain a person
at that facility if there is probable cause to believe that a person has committed or is committing a crime against the client operating the premises or the client’s patron, thus allowing time to properly ascertain the person’s identity and the circumstances of the person’s activity at the critical infrastructure facility. During temporary detention, the security officer or security agency manager may search the detainee or the detainee’s belongings if the officer or manager observes that the person is armed with a firearm, concealed weapon, or destructive device that poses a safety threat, or if the detainee admits to having a weapon in his or her possession. There is a provision in the new language that publishes procedures for notifying law enforcement and for transferring custody of the detained person to law enforcement officials after they arrive on the scene.

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