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SINCE THERE ARE NO FEDERAL requirements for security officer training, some states have taken the initiative in instituting their own. Certain states, such as North Dakota and Oklahoma, have taken the responsibility quite seriously; others have not. Have a look and see if your state is aiding in-or neglecting-the professionalization of today's security officers. The following training requirements are reprinted with permission from The Security Letter Source Book, 1990-1991. The Source Book is published by Security Letter and distributed by Butterworth-Heinemann, 80 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA 02180. The list was compiled by, Robert McCrie, CPP, publisher/editor; Diane Botnick, associate editor; and Fulvia Madia, editorial assistant.

Note: No data is available for Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Alaska

Armed and unarmed: eight-hour preassignment training on duties for temporary permit; additional 40 hours of in-service training within six months of hiring on relevant laws, fire prevention, first aid, and patrol techniques. Annual eight-hour refresher course on these topics. Armed: eight-hour preassignment training in weapons use and pertinent laws. Arizona

No fixed number of hours. Guard firms' training curricula must be approved for agency license. Arkansas

Armed and unarmed: eight-hour training course and exam on legal authority, act, and field note taking and report writing; renewal two-hour refresher course on act, two-hour course on legal authority, and exam within 60 days of expiration. Armed: four hours of firearms training on legal limitations, weapons safety, marksmanship, and range firing; minimum score of 60 percent on range. Yearly renewal-firearms training and qualification requirements as specified. California

Armed and unarmed: 20-hour course on powers of arrest, 100 percent score on open-book exam. Armed: 14 hours of firearms training; 85 percent minimum score on written test; eight-hour range instruction. Connecticut

Armed: seven hours of state police course and certified course for firearm permit ($25 fee for five-year permit). Delaware

None required for unarmed. Armed: Guards must be certified by a certified instructor. District of Columbia

Armed: four hours of classroom preassignment training; range qualification. Florida

Armed: 16 hours of basic training at approved school. Must pass course exam with 70 percent score. Regulations detail topics, hours, and classroom space/ student. Georgia

Minimum eight hours of classroom instruction covering duties, functions, legal authority, fire prevention and control, familiarity with act, regulations, and first aid. Armed: minimum 12 hours of classroom instruction: eight hours of basic program (above) and one hour each in laws of arrest, search and seizure, mechanics of arrest, and misdemeanors and felonies. Classroom instruction on weapons use, firearm range instruction, and familiarization course for special weapons. Hawaii

Armed: eight hours of preassignment training. Illinois

Armed and unarmed: minimum 20 hours of basic classroom training; employer must verify successful completion. Armed: 20 hours of firearms training with practice firing on range, firearms qualification course. Indiana

None required. Iowa

Armed: Four-hour firearms course through county sheriff's office. On-campus requirements: successfully complete approved firearms training program, possess weapons permit, and have sworn affidavit from employer stating duties and justification. Sheriff can require additional firearms training. Kentucky

(Special law enforcement officer only.) Eighty hours of approved program on related laws or minimum one-year, full-time employment as sworn public peace officer or successfully completed, approved exams on related subject matter. …

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