As has been stated here many times, anecdotally, it appears that more often, security officers are being utilized to enhance the work of law enforcement officers. While it is true that security officers do not have powers of arrest, they are, as they say, "boots on the ground" and extra sets of "eyes and ears" and because they typically cover much smaller areas than police, can respond in a far more timely manner. Downtown business districts, often magnets for nuisance and criminality, appear to be hiring security officers to mitigate those factors that decrease business traffic and overall quality-of-life. -- IFPO.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. —
A uniformed, armed security officer now patrols portions of downtown Roseville to handle what the city calls quality of life issues.
The armed guard, who works seven days each week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., is contracted through First Security Services.
The decision to hire the officer was made by the City of Roseville and a group of downtown business owners who often deal with loitering and parking issues in and around their businesses.
"We've had problems with people kind of camping out on the sidewalks even during the day, and that seems to have subsided in the last couple months. So, we're pretty pleased with that," said Daniel Elliott Jr., co-owner of The Strum Shop.
Here are six things to know about the new program:
1. The security officer works with police but is not a police officer
"This person works for a private security company. They don't have the same arrest powers as a police officer does, but they do have the same capacity to observe and report issues," said Rob Baquera, public information officer for the Roseville Police Department. "This is where we work hand-in-hand with the security contractor to really have eyes and ears on the ground in that downtown corridor at all times."
They can, however, write parking tickets.
2. The security officer will focus on 'quality of life issues'
They'll monitor things like loitering, trespassing, parking enforcement and dealing with suspicious people who aren't in the act of committing a crime, the department said.
3. The security officer is armed and trained
Baquera said the security officers are highly trained both in firearms and de-escalation techniques similar to those used by police officers. They will also wear body cameras.
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