July 16, 2013

State probes actions of neighborhood security guards

Associated Press

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — State investigators are looking into whether private security guards in upscale neighborhoods outside Atlanta are allowed to make traffic stops.

The investigation comes after WSB-TV reported (http://bit.ly/17g83Lk) on drivers being pulled over by security guards who are not police officers,  but wear official-looking uniforms and drive vehicles with flashing lights.

The officers issue traffic tickets, with the money going to the homeowners associations in the gated communities.

Former police officer Bob Lowe said he was pulled over this year by a security guard in the St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek. He filed a complaint with Georgia’s Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies, which falls under the purview of the Georgia Secretary of State.


Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html