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I am a basic worker in a retail store, there are many of us but I am the only one that will confront shop lifters and people that cause a threat. I don't mind doing this as I have applied to become a special constable for my local police station. What I w

asked in Police, Handcuffs, Law

Timdawg answers:

....ant is to finish the question off by amending it and adding some extra text in the box provided? heh heh!

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siasl74 answers:

Please supplement your question - it got truncated as the headline is a smaller field length than the supplemental text

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tracieboo answers:

Are you mad? you don't get paid enough to put yourself at risk like that, surely the store you work in has security guards? I don't know what the rest of your question is, but i don't think you should be confronting shop lifters if there is no other staff to help you.

Supplement from 12/05/2008 09:39pm:

From your tags i am guessing that you are asking about a citizens arrest, i advise you to be very careful, with all the lawsuits that are flying about these days made by criminals against the police and home owners that fight back, i would think you are fair game for anyone you try to appreheand to take you to court.

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moonzero2 answers:

While I can heartily commend your attitude and actions, I would advise caution; particularly as I doubt that your company would support you if you became injured, or the subject of a court case.

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blacksmith81 answers:

This is the current law in relation to a Citizens Arrest;

From 1st January 2006 the citizens power of arrest has changed.

This area of law is very complex and the following is only basic guidance. The law states that,

* Any person can arrest a person who is in the act of committing an indictable offence or

* Anyone whom he reasonably suspects to be committing such an offence, if

o it is not reasonably practicable for a constable to make the arrest instead and

o it is necessary to arrest the person for one of the below reasons,

To prevent the person in question,

o causing physical injury to himself or any other person;
o suffering physical injury;
o causing loss of or damage to property; or
o making off before a constable can assume responsibility for him.

There a few points to raise about the above paragraph.

1. What is an indictable offence?
2. How do I know if I can make a citizens arrest?

1. An indictable offence is an offence that can be tried at Crown Court. Below are examples of indictable offences which are the most likely to be encountered by members of the public,

* theft
* burglary
* criminal damage.

2. You can make an arrest if the suspect is actually committing the offence or if you reasonably suspect them of committing it, or when the offence has been committed and you reasonably suspect them of having committed it.

There is no specific wording to use when making a citizens arrest. However you must inform the person you are arresting as soon as possible what you are doing, why you are doing it and what offence you believe the person has committed.

There are other considerations to make when making an arrest,

* reasonable force - see question in related information for details on reasonable force.

* potential for civil litigation - The courts are sympathetic to public spirited citizens and the exercise of their powers and rights.

However, if you get it wrong you could be sued for unlawful arrest and/or false imprisonment.

Do not make a citizens arrest if you feel that you would be putting yourself or any other person in danger, ring 999.


Supplement from 12/06/2008 12:52am:

Unless you are a Police Officer, the use of any form of restraint can be interpreted as Unreasonable Force, thus great care is needed when restraining an arrestee, to only use a sufficient degree of force to detain them. If the arrestee does not attempt to escape, then no force must be used to detain them.

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tecspec answers:

One thing to be careful of if you see someone taking something in the shop, they don;t break the law until they step through the exit door. The best thing to do is to follow the person discreetly and try to inform another member of staff to get the manager or security.

I used to work in shop and we used to do the above. The person alerted also put a message out on the tannoy to say 'Security to the Service Desk' it usually stopped the thief in their tracks..

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