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The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies to search and seizure issues relating to public peace officers. What powers do private persons, including private security personnel, have relating to search and seizure issues? Under what circumstances may private person search? In the event a private person or private security personnel violate their authority to search, what remedies might be available to persons subjected to unauthorized searches?

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*The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies to search and seizure issues relating to public peace officers. What powers do private persons, including private security personnel, have relating to search and seizure issues?

The 4th amendment of the Constitution theoretically offers protection to private citizens from government officials or police from illegal search and seizure. In order for an official to be legally able to search a private citizen or their property there must be probable cause. This is the flip side. If an officer determines there is probable cause, they can search you or anything you own or posses. The exact language in the constitution is as follows:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and ...

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." (4th amendment / U.S. Constitution).

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