The department has been receiving complaints regarding private security guard uniforms and security patrol vehicles that create the impression of being associated with law enforcement. The department is investigating such complaints and will take appropriate action if a violation is found. Action may consist of criminal prosecution and/or administrative suspension or revocation of the license. Local and county law enforcement may also investigate and criminally prosecute such violations.
The Private Security Act prohibits the use of a title or an insignia, or the wearing of a uniform, that is intended to give the impression that the person is connected with a governmental entity. Tex. Occ. Code §1702.130. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and may also subject the licensee to administrative suspension under §1702.361. In addition, the Texas Transportation Code prohibits the use of red, white, or blue beacons, or flashing or alternating lights, on a motor vehicle. See Red, White, or Blue Lights.
Effective September 1, 2018, Section 547.305 of the Transportation Code is amended to limit security patrol vehicles to green, amber, or white lights. See HB 2812 (85th Leg. R.S.).
The licensee is responsible for ensuring the company's name, initials, uniform color and type, patches, markings on vehicles, and vehicle equipment comply with the above laws and do not create the impression the security officer or guard company is connected with a law enforcement agency.