Actually, I’m not incorrect at all. In my state, there is NO “state commission” for licensing security guards. By our state law, a security officer is nothing but a private citizen who is employed by a licensed security company. There is certainly a benefit for the security officer, since they do have formal training through their company and the company provided liability insurance and the like. However, there is no state licensing standard and each company does things differently. A security officer with Company A is not the same as an officer with Company B. The training and qualifications of each is entirely based on what the company has set up. The only thing the state does is a standard criminal background check.
I’ve been referring to ‘Security Company A’ on this thread, as the topic is a company required rifle qualification and has nothing to do with any state licensing or outside requirements. The company decided that this is what they want to do.
Further, your two provided examples would end your employment or put you in jail in this state. A security officer with “Company A” is not authorized in any way shape or form to engage in a pursuit or perform any sort of “Police” action without direct orders from a duly sworn LEO. It is also against the law (again, here in this state) to use any level of deadly force (e.g. drawing a firearm) in response to a crime against property. You can trespass or bash down a gate or whatever against a piece of property. Security will ask you to stop. They will “observe and report”. They will call the police and the police will use the video, photo, and statements of the security officer as evidence in the property crime. Drawing a firearm against someone breaking property is a crime in itself. Now, if the person is doing something that is placing a person in any threat of physical harm, then everything changes and the force continuum opens up to include all of the standard physical tactics from hands to sprays to bullets. But you’ll never see a standing order to shoot at anyone for anything. The level of force to use should always be an officer judgement, never a standing order.