Rules and Laws for An Individual Security Officer

The following topics provide a comprehensive overview of the regulations and requirements specific to individuals seeking licensure and employment within the private security industry. The module is divided into key sections, each addressing essential aspects of licensure, operational conduct, and legal compliance for security professionals.

Firstly, the module details the various types of individual licenses available in the security field, ranging from Alarm Installers and Instructors to Private Investigators and Personal Protection Officers. It outlines the prerequisites for each license and the specific roles and responsibilities associated with them.

The module then discusses the protocol for working prior to licensure, emphasizing the importance of a substantially complete application and the conditions under which an applicant can be employed in an unarmed capacity while awaiting licensure. It highlights the necessity of thorough background checks using DPS Criminal History and Sex Offender databases to ensure the eligibility of applicants for licensure.

Renewal of individual licenses is also covered, specifying the requirements for the renewal process, including fees, fingerprint submission, and criminal history checks. The importance of timely renewal submissions to avoid interruption in licensure status and the ability to perform regulated services is stressed.

For commissioned security and personal protection, the module clarifies that employment in an armed capacity is not permitted prior to obtaining licensure.

Additional sections are dedicated to military service members, providing exemptions and extensions for those affected by their service obligations.

The module also sets forth standards of conduct for licensees, including the prohibition of certain displays and requirements for cooperation with department investigations, carrying identification while on duty, and customer interactions regarding COVID-19 documentation.

Legal aspects such as deceptive trade practices are addressed, outlining the penalties for unlicensed activity and the mechanisms for enforcement.

Finally, the module delves into the procedures for lodging complaints against licensees suspected of violations and establishes firearms standards for security officers, ensuring only approved and properly trained individuals carry firearms during their duties.

Overall, these topics serves as an essential guide for aspiring and current security officers, ensuring they understand and adhere to the legal and operational frameworks governing their profession.