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Library security guards may soon have the authority to arrest unwieldy patrons in Los Angeles. Read about it here. From the Los Angeles Times\"Under the bill by Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar), library security officers could arrest people, execute search warrants and gain access to law enforcement computers that provide individuals\' criminal background.\"
\"They will not be authorized to carry firearms. They already carry batons, pepper spray and handcuffs.\"
\"The bill is backed by the Los Angeles Public Library, the Service Employees International Union, which represents the officers, and the Librarians Guild. The measure is a reaction to a rising number of crimes committed in Los Angeles\' public libraries, Alarcon says.\"