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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 059 : Private Investigative and Security Services

Subchapter 001 : General Provisions

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 3151)
  • § 3151. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1)(A) “Director” means the Director of the Office.

    (B) “Office” means the Office of Professional Regulation.

    (2) “Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, or other business entity.

    (3) “Private investigator” means any person who, for consideration engages in or solicits business, accepts employment, or holds himself or herself out to the public as someone who will investigate, obtain information, or provide security of persons incident to, but not limited to, the following:

    (A) Any suspected crime, tort, or wrong committed or threatened against the laws of a government or any of its political subdivisions or against any person.

    (B) The identity, habits, conduct, honesty, loyalty, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, reputation, or character of any living person.

    (C) Damage, accidents, or injury to persons or property.

    (D) The location, disposition, or recovery of lost or stolen property.

    (E) Evidence related to a proceeding before any court, agency, officer, or investigative committee.

    (F) The identity, location, or apprehension of persons.

    (4) “Security” means a person engaged for compensation in the business of protecting property or persons by providing armed or unarmed security service, or armed transport service, or the use of guard dogs. “Security services” includes:

    (A) Prevention or detection of intrusion, entry, larceny, vandalism, abuse, fire, or trespass on private property.

    (B) Prevention, observation, or detection of any unauthorized activity on private property.

    (C) Protection of patrons and persons lawfully authorized to be on the premises of the person, firm, association, or corporation that entered into the contract for security services.

    (D) Control, regulation, or direction of the flow or movement of the public, whether by vehicle or otherwise, onto the premises.

    (E) Physically responding to any alarm signal device, burglar alarm, television camera, still camera, or a mechanical or electronic device installed or used to prevent or detect burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage, losses, or other security measures.

    (F) Providing armored transport services.

    (5) [Repealed.]

    (6) [Repealed.] (Added 1981, No. 98, § 1; amended 1995, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2009, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 23, eff. May 12, 2010; 2017, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 2019, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 17, eff. Oct. 1, 2020.)