April 24, 2001 (DETROIT) – Several Michigan legislators say that security guards should receive training on how and when to use force.
They plan to introduce legislation this week that would require the training, paying some of the cost through an increase in licensing fees charged to private security firms.
In the past year, three suspected shoplifters have died during confrontations with store security, and another man died last weekend while being restrained by guards in a hospital emergency room.
Under current state laws, security guards must be 18, educated at least through the eighth grade and have no record of felony convictions. Guards at hospitals and some other institutions must also have some training in how to restrain violent people safely.