City of Branson West, MO
Stone County
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[Ord. No. 1241 §I, 2-12-2002]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following word shall have the meaning set out herein:
Any company, business, corporation, individual, partnership or firm that provides security, including, but not limited to, patrol (both foot and vehicle), bodyguard service, investigative services, including, but not limited to, surveillance, background investigations, civil paper service, photography work, and loss prevention service, including, but not limited to, shoplifting prevention, and money transportation and movement, including, but not limited to, guard service, and any other similar or related services whether personnel are uniformed or non-uniformed, provide such service in marked/distinguished vehicles or not, whether personnel are armed or unarmed and whether personnel use, carry or maintain or display any identifying insignias, badges, name tags, business cards or any other identifying and distinguishing items or equipment.
[Ord. No. 1241 §I, 2-12-2002]
It shall be unlawful for any person, business, firm or corporation to engage in or carry on the operation of a security service or offer security/guard services of any type without first obtaining a permit from the Chief of Police prior to City merchant's license.
It shall be the responsibility of the security service to notify in writing the City of Branson West and the Branson West Police Department of any change in the application on the first (1st) weekday after the change is made.
[Ord. No. 1241 §II, 2-12-2002]
The application for a security services permit form as provided by the Police Department shall contain the following:
Name, address and phone number of business.
Name, address and phone number of local supervisor/manager.
Names, addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of all employees of said company that will or may be involved in patrol either on foot or in vehicle, whether in uniform or not, which during said employment would require them to move about from place to place (business to business) within the City limits.
[Ord. No. 1241 §III, 2-12-2002]
If uniforms and/or vehicles are used, it shall be required that uniforms, vehicles and markings with identifying insignias must include the word "security" or "guard" but shall not include the word "police" or "patrol". Nothing shall be worn or used that closely resembles uniforms, equipment or vehicles used and worn by the Branson West, Missouri, Police Department.
Uniforms, if used by security/guard personnel, shall have to be approved in their style, color and design, by the Chief of Police prior to being used. Badge design, style and colors shall have to be approved by the Chief of Police.
"Security services" personnel using vehicles of any type, whether marked or unmarked, may not display or use (illuminated or not) any red or blue light (commonly referred to or considered as emergency lights) of any type at anytime on any vehicle on any public street, highway, parking lot normally considered open to public or any other public properties within the corporate limits of this City, including volunteer Firemen and/or volunteer Police serving in the capacity as security/guard services.
[Ord. No. 1241 §IV, 2-12-2002]
Persons that carry any type of firearm or other lethal weapon shall adhere to all State, Federal and local laws applicable to same, and under no circumstances shall carry such firearm or other weapon concealed either upon the person or within a vehicle, or concealed by any other means. Armed personnel must be reported, including type of firearm, serial number, or weapon used and carried.
[Ord. No. 1241 §V, 2-12-2002]
It shall be required that security/guard personnel report all crimes and suspicious activity to the Police Department as quickly and safely as possible, and shall remain available for contact by authorities following notification. Security/guard personnel shall follow all directives of authorities after notification and contact is made.
[Ord. No. 1241 §VI, 2-12-2002]
Non-uniformed loss prevention personnel employed for the sole purpose of preventing merchandise loss through shoplifting or employee theft shall be exempt from this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 1241 §VII, 2-12-2002]
It shall be unlawful for any security/guard personnel to operate, talk, or utilize the Branson West Police frequency, or any other radio frequency used by the City of Branson West, unless the security/guard personnel management has received written permission signed by the Chief of Police and such shall be notarized by a City Official. Such written permission shall be produced upon demand by any authorized law enforcement official. Upon receiving written permission, abuse of or unauthorized use will result in a revocation or suspension of such permission by the Chief of Police and/or same of security/guard permit and/or merchant license.