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1 Private Security Laws Lorenzo Reed SEC/351 6/10/2018 Ms. Julie Martinez
2 Private Security Laws Intro Laws that govern legal authorities, reciprocities, and licensing requirements for private security firms as well as public Police Officers vary nationwide, and state to state. The private and public sector have many similarities, yet many differences in how they are useful and also implemented. Within this paper, I will be describing the different laws and licensing requirements for private security companies, as well as state-level limitations and allowances. I will also compare the differences in the law as it pertains directly to Law enforcement personnel and Security personnel. Lastly, I will assess how the Patriot Act has affected security operations in my home state of Virginia and bordering Washington, DC. Virginia Private Security Requirements In the state of Virginia, any company or Security Officer whether armed or unarmed looking to maintain the status as a security company or Officer must obtain and maintain their credentials with DCJS (Department of Criminal Justice Services). DCJS is the governing body for state-level Security services and consulting. To qualify to be considered a Security Officer of the law, or to operate as a licensed security firm Individuals and businesses must first meet the state legal initial requirements. To serve as an Officer, you must first meet the requirements of being 18 years old, and complete all required training totaling 53 hours of entry-level training, arrest authority training, Officer handgun training, and qualification, as well as entry-level shotgun training. Successful completion of each benchmark is required to be considered as an Armed Officer. However, the most critical component and determining the factor of the law is that individuals must submit a criminal history processing report along with their fingerprints.

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