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    Howdy.

    In deference to internet forum decorum, conducted a search to see if this had been discussed, finding nothing directly related. If such a thread exists elsewhere, I invite a moderator to move/merge/close this one.

    Full disclosure: I'm a district manager for a security organization, and we have over a dozen accounts scattered over two states (company as a whole is regional in size, covering around half a dozen states). Only three of our accounts are armed, the rest being unarmed. I constantly brief our security officers that their primary job is to observe and report, while hopefully their presence serves as a deterrent to criminal activity. We have nothing to do with traffic control off of the private property of our clients.

    So to the point: A couple of days ago I saw two security motorcycles maneuver into a busy intersection to stop traffic in two directions. they had the whole gambit of uniforms and blinky lights, though they were green instead of blue. They stopped traffic to allow a funeral procession to pass through the intersection.

    My query: Do security organizations have a legal allowance to do that? My understanding up to now was than only police officers could legally stop traffic, overruling a traffic light. By the way, this was in Memphis, TN.
    "I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself."

    - Robert E. Lee

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    Some places allow such things for funeral processions......................................
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

    My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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    • #3
      For reference: http://law.justia.com/codes/tennesse...ter-8/55-8-183
      “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ― Winston Churchill

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      • #4
        So to the point: A couple of days ago I saw two security motorcycles maneuver into a busy intersection to stop traffic in two directions. they had the whole gambit of uniforms and blinky lights, though they were green instead of blue. They stopped traffic to allow a funeral procession to pass through the intersection.

        My query: Do security organizations have a legal allowance to do that?
        Depends on the state, naturally.

        Colorado licenses funeral escort companies and allows their personnel to stop traffic for the funeral procession. IIRC they have to file a route plan and get a permit for each procession.

        Question: Did you think a security company hired people, and outfitted vehicles, and sent them out to escort a funeral and stop traffic WITHOUT the lawful ability to do so?
        "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

        "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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        • #5
          You must be at least a Special Class I or a certified traffic flagged in NJ if you aren't a full time P/O.
          Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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          • #6
            Security officers do not, funeral procession escorts do.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by just joe View Post
              Security officers do not, funeral procession escorts do.
              ^^ this
              I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tanksoldier View Post
                Question: Did you think a security company hired people, and outfitted vehicles, and sent them out to escort a funeral and stop traffic WITHOUT the lawful ability to do so?
                In Memphis?



                Yeah, considered it a real possibility. Have seen some crazy stuff out here.
                "I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself."

                - Robert E. Lee

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