Monday, May 24, 2010
So far this year, 65 private security officers have been arrested for various crimes, burglary on duty, rape and robbery. There are a couple million security guards in the US and one getting arrested every few days is not a very big percentage. The problem is, that private security guards need to be morally above reproach. They need to be performing their duties properly and not performing crimes.
Each state should license private security guards to insure they have no criminal history and meet minimum standards, including a minimal credit check. Just like states license other professions, like doctors, nurses, and even drivers. Guards should have a minimum amount of training, to include first aid, CPR, and report writing and state law. Their employers should notify the state of the names of their employees in a timely manner.
Guards need to have their licenses renewed at least every two years. The state should conduct an updated background check to insure the officer has not become a criminal in that time. Guards that are arrested should have their license suspended and their employer notified. Most guards don't need to meet the standards or training of police, but they should meet a minimum standard of professionalism; that's what the SGT Says.