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Security Guard Requirements in Alabama

Security Guard Requirements in Alabama

Since late 2010, the State of Alabama Licensing Board has required that anyone seeking employment as a security officer or armed security officer shall complete 8 hours of Board Approved classroom training with a certified trainer before applying for a license.

You will have to pass a written exam related to the course subject matter that you learn during your 8 hours of classroom training.

Many security companies or employers will also include (and/or require additional training on top of the 8 hours that are required by the state to get your license.

Typically, at a minimum, you will usually be required to meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • No felonies or violent criminal convictions;
  • Must not have a disqualifying mental illness;
  • Must be physically fit for the position they are applying for;
  • A high school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent certificate.

Additional training is required in order to carry a firearm while on duty.

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Mississippi Town Repeals Security Guard Ordinance

JACKSON, Miss. – On Monday, the Jackson City Council in a 4-0 vote repealed an ordinance that would have made 24-hour convenience stores to have a security guard on the premises from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., the Clarion-Ledger reports. The mandate went into effect in September, but was not enforced.

Convenience store operators strongly1 objected to the law, which included a provision that owners show the city a formal security plan.

“These are some requirements that really no one was able to meet,” said Councilman Quentin Whitwell, the repeal ‘ s sponsor. “It’s just better off if we don’t have this ordinance in place.”

Former Councilman Kenneth Stokes pushed for the ordinance after several shootings happened at convenience stores, but convenience store owners and the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association pointed out the law would cost businesses too much.

The association estimated that each store would shell out $23,000 annually to pay for a security guard.

“We encourage them if they feel they need somebody to go ahead and have security,” said Council President Frank Bluntson. “But (let’s) not have the city mandate that they hire somebody.”


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Private Officer Breaking News: Delaware security guard charged …

New Castle County DE Jan 31 2012 Police have arrested Javon Redden, 22, of the 700 block of Millcreek Court in Bear. He was charged with impersonating a police officer and related offenses after he attempted to perform a car stop after threatening the victim.

On Saturday afternoon, January 28, at 3:38 p.m., County Police were called to the community of Maplecrest for a terroristic threatening complaint. When officers arrived, they learned that the 19-year-old victim had been threatened by his girlfriend’s former boyfriend, who was later identified as Javon Redden.

The subject then attempted to perform a car stop as he chased after the victim while he was driving northbound on Route 141. The investigation revealed that during a phone conversation between the victim and suspect, an argument ensued and Redden had threatened to harm the victim. A short time later, as the victim arrived at his girlfriend’s home in the community of Chelsea Estates, Redden had showed up at the residence in a black Dodge Durango.

The teen immediately left the area and Redden began pursuing the victim, stayed close behind. Police learned that the victim began traveling northbound on Route 141 at a high rate of speed in an attempt to get away from the subject. During that time, Redden, who is employed by Bayside Security and whose vehicle was equipped with red and blue LED lights and strobe lights that are similar to those on a police cruiser, activated the equipment and attempted to stop the victim.

Redden then chased the car driven by the victim for approximately two miles, with his lights activated, before the victim was able to get away. Officers were able to locate the suspect after he returned to the community. He was taken into custody without incident.

During a search of the vehicle officers located a blue strobe light underneath the front passenger seat and discovered the SUV was also equipped with red and amber strobe lights which were mounted on the rear hatch of the vehicle. Redden was charged with the following crimes: Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer, Reckless Endangering in the Second Degree, and Terroristic Threatening. He was arraigned and released on $1,000 secured bond.

Source:Post Online