Q: Is the use of handcuffs or other restraint devices by security officers/guards allowed for detainment in NH
to control a combative/ assaultive individual who has or attempted to cause physical bodily harm to the guard/ officer or on another person. or is in the act of destruction of property where the security guard/officer is there to protect?
A: A security guard is authorized to use the same degree of force as anyone else. In other words being a security guard means that a person may use force that is reasonable to protect a person or property. Handcuffs do not require a license and are not considered deadly force. If a security person was dealing with an unruly and dangerous person handcuffing or restraining the person would be permitted so long as they used a reasonable degree of force.
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