Private Security Laws
The state of Tennessee does have licensing requirements for private security companies and laws governing legal authority for private security officers. These laws and regulations are similar to public law enforcement officers in some ways and they also have many different limitations from the public officers. According to the state of Tennessee “a security guard/officer is an individual employed by a contract security company or a proprietary security organization to protect persons and/or property from criminal activities. A security guard who holds armed guard registration may work an armed or unarmed post, and is not required to hold an additional "unarmed" guard registration” (“Department of Commerce and Insurance”, 2014). However in order to carry a firearm a private security guard must have the proper authorization and meet all such requirements. Some of the requirements to become an armed security guard are as follows: •
Must be at least 21 years old
Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien
No history of mental illness declared by a court
No substance abuse issues
No disabilities that prevent duties from being carried out •
Good moral character
Meet training requirements
Submit fingerprints for proper screening
Clean criminal history within at least past 5 years
In addition to all the above listed requirements for becoming an armed private security officer one must also go through certain training requirements. Training requirements include a basic course which includes orientation, legal powers and limitations of private security officers, emergency response procedures, and general duties. They also must have additional training on any weapons or less than lethal devices that the officers may need to carry. The additional weapons training includes safety and handling of the weapon and in classroom setting as well as required time on the firing range with at least 70% accuracy.
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References: Department of Commerce and Insurance. (2014). Retrieved from
State of Tennessee Office of the Attorney General. (2004). Retrieved from
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