Armed Security Guard Requirements

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armedThe South Dakota armed security guard is not licensed by the state, the person working in the security industry must possess a valid permit to carry a weapon while on duty. This does not mean that the armed security guard does not need training and education to perform their duties correctly and safely.

Anyone working in the security industry benefits from training and education, this allows them to handle any situation that might arise confidently and prepares them to work with the authorities. The permit to carry a weapon is is valid for the amount of 4 years.

There are some requirements that must be met in order to obtain a firearms permit to carry a concealed weapon, this includes:

  • Providing false information can be denied a permit
  • The person must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • The person has never been convicted of a felony or crime of violence or pled nolo contendere.
  • The person has not been a danger to himself or others for an amount of at least 10 years.
  • The applicant has had no convictions of the unlawful use of weapons
  • The applicant has not been convicted either misdemeanor or felony of controlled substances including marijuana within the past 5 years.
  • The applicant is not under indictment, or a fugitive
  • The applicant is a citizen of the United States and resident of South Dakota
  • The applicant is not a habitual drunk of addicted to drugs

The firearms permit will be issued as a temporary permit within five days and within seven days the sheriff’s office will send a copy of the permit to the secretary of state which will issue an official permit.

The training an armed security guard will benefit from even when it is not a requirement of South Dakota includes skills that will assist them in their daily duties when employed in the security sector.

These skills can include:

  • The legal limits of force
  • The legal and ethical issues that can arise on the job
  • Proper and legal detainment of suspects
  • Proper written reports
  • Working with other authorities including police and fire officials
  • Emergency training that can include CPR
  • Weapons training including marksmanship
  • The use of non-lethal force

The security guard that has both training and a weapons permit will find work within the security industry in areas such as:

  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Federal government offices
  • State office buildings
  • Private office buildings
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Public parks and other areas
  • Housing and apartment areas

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