The state of Connecticut has requirements for any person that would like to work in the security sector as an armed security guard. These requirements must be met prior to being issued a state license; they will be personal requirements and training requirements. The training and other requirements are found in the Connecticut Department of Public Safety Division of State Police Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, Chapter 534 section 29 through 161. These regulations specify anyone working as a security guard in the state of Connecticut will be certified and have a license issued. The requirements for training for the armed security officer are thirty hours that include weapon’s training.
The personal requirements are:
- The applicant must be at least 21 years of age
- Possess a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate
- Applicants will submit to an FBI style background check
- Applicants will be fingerprinted
- Applicants will complete the hours of certified training
- Applicants will pass a written exam satisfactorily
- Applicants will give proof they can be employed in the United States
- There will be no felony or serious misdemeanor charges or conviction in the criminal history of the person applying for an armed security guard license.
The training for the licensed armed security guard must be completed at a state approved facility that include, the course material specified by the Commissioner of Public Safety in accordance with the statutes.
The course must be at least eight hours of training in the security field and are outlined as follows:
- Introduction to security
- Basic first aid, this includes recognizing emergencies and prioritizing care.
- Search and seizure, this will include citizen’s arrests, the Fourth Amendment rights, and other relevant statutes.
- The use of force
- Basic criminal justice including Constitution, statutes, case law and regulations
- Public safety issues
- Threat response, hazardous emergencies and terrorism
- There will be a written exam that must be passed with at least a 70% score
- Weapons training will include marksmanship, target practice
- The Connecticut laws for use of deadly force
This training is to prepare the armed security guard to work confidently in the security sector and to be issued a Connecticut armed security guard license. The training provided will enable the applicant to deal with emergencies competently and within the parameters of the law.
In the state of Connecticut, there are many different employment opportunities for the licensed armed security guard, these can include:
- Banks and financial institutions
- Malls and retail stores
- State office buildings
- Federal office buildings
- Art museums
- Public areas
- Apartment and housing complexes
- Schools and colleges
- Private duty security
- Armored vehicles
These are some of the areas the licensed armed security guard will find employment, there may be the additional requirement to hold a valid Connecticut driver’s license for the intended employment. This license in the state of Connecticut is valid for the amount of two years and must be renewed prior to the expiration date and there is a requirement for a yearly refresher course to be taken to keep the license current