What People Must Do To Become A Security Guard

Your business has been having high volumes of theft. What is the best way to prevent customers from stealing your merchandise? The best way would be to put together a Security Patrol. They can check to make sure nobody is taking off with your merchandise. You are wondering how they can do that though.

An applicant for getting the guard card must be at least 18, in most states. They must also have a high school diploma or GED. Sometimes, if they are finishing getting their diploma the state may allow them to proceed. Resident aliens and citizens are the only ones allowed to apply for the card.

Before being considered, an applicant must submit to a background check. This requires filling out paperwork and being fingerprinted by the state department of justice. The state will run the fingerprints to make sure that the applicant is who they say they are. After their identity is verified the state will run a very thorough background check.

Once the background check is completed, the state will either let the applicant or security company know that they are clear to proceed. The next step is to go through the security guard training. Some of the training is video, but part of it is an experienced security officer or law enforcement teaching laws and techniques. It is important for the applicant to know what they are allowed to do and know how to take down a criminal. This training takes approximately 8-40 hours, depending on the state.

The guard card will arrive in the applicant’s mailbox. It is important to note that unless the guard card is on you, you cannot perform any security duties. Every once in a while a renewal letter will arrive in the mail. You must renew and attend any additional training required by the date stated. If you do not then you will lose your guard card.

As you can see security guards must go through an extensive background check and training. This will ensure that you only have the best people protecting your merchandise. They are capable of detaining a criminal until police arrive.

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