New York State Security Guard
Act of 1992 Training Mandates
New York State Security Guard Training Act of 1992
The Security Guard Act of 1992 mandates the training and registration of security guards and the approval of private security training schools. The Act also requires that certain private security training must be approved and that all private security trainers must be certified. The Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety, provides administrative oversight for private security training in New York State. The New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services has oversight responsibility for the registration of all security guards.
Mandated Training Courses
The Act requires that all security guards complete three training courses.
- The first required course is an Eight Hour Pre-Assignment Training course. This is a general introductory course.
- The second required course is the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training course (OJT). This training program should be relevant to the guard’s duties, requirements of the work site, and the needs of the employer.
- The third required training program is the Eight Hour Annual In-Service course. This training must be completed each calendar year following completion of the 16 Hour OJT course. This program is designed to meet current training needs and refresh or update guards in changes in the security field.
- Guards who carry firearms are required to complete a 47 Hour Firearms course before they can be licensed as an armed security guard.
- Armed guards must also complete an Annual Eight Hour Firearms Training course.
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