Security Department

A security department acts as the security department of a private business if it:

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  • has as its general purpose the protection and security of its own property and grounds; and
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  • does not offer or provide security services to another person.
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The security department of a private business may hire individuals who in the course of employment:

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  • come into contact with the public
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  • wears a uniform commonly associated with security personnel or law enforcement
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  • any type of badge commonly associated with security personnel or law enforcement
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  • a patch or apparel containing the word u201csecurityu201d or a substantially similar word that is intended to or is likely to create the impression that the individual is performing security services
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Note: An individual who carries a firearm in the course of employment must obtain a private security officer commission.

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Security departments shall maintain an individualu2019s criminal history record on file at the business and shall make the record available for inspection by the Department.

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Note: The security department of a private business may not hire or employ an individual to perform a duty described by TOC u00a71702.222 if the individual has been convicted of a crime that would otherwise preclude the individual from being licensed under this chapter.

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The Regulatory Services Division shall maintain a registry of security departments that provide notice of the intent to employ a commissioned security officer and the name, title, and contact information of the person serving as contact for each security department.