Working while intoxicated

Under Section 27C of the Security and Investigations Agents Act 2002  the holder of a licence must not undertake any activity while under the influence of alcohol, drugs (or both), to such an extent that they are incapable of properly performing their duties.

If a police officer or an authorised person reasonably suspects a licence holder to be in breach of the Act, they may require (verbally or in writing) the licence holder to stop performing the activity and leave the premises or place where the activity is being undertaken.

A police officer may arrest (without a warrant) if the licence holder fails or refuses to comply.

Updated: 17 Jan 2023

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