Kentucky: Armed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Kentucky

Legislation/Source:

Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Code of Ordinances
Title XI – Business Regulations
Chapter 124 – Armed Security Officers
And
Kentucky Revised Statutes

Authorizing Department

Louisville Department of Codes & Regulations
Specialty Licenses and Enforcement (ABC)

444 South 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 574-2508

Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

Kentucky, at the Commonwealth level, does not regulate or license security officers. However, there are major metropolitan areas such as Louisville that do have a structure of regulation. The licensure content discussed within is narrowly directed at this municipality.
Kentucky does regulate and oversee conceal and carry weaponry at the state level.

Fees:
$20 Application fee
$10 Background check fee
$60 CCDW(Concealed Deadly Weapons) Application fee
“Active and retired peace officers that meet the requirements of KRS 237.110(7) are exempt from paying the application or renewal fee.”

See: Application

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

 

Age Requirements

Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances (LMCO) (B)(2)
The applicant must be at least 21 years of age

Citizenship

LMCO § 124.05(B)(1)
The applicant must be a citizen of the United States

Experience

Not required

Exemptions

LMCO § 124.05(H)
Persons who, at the time of their employment as armed security officers, are also sworn police officers in good standing of any unit of local government and who have completed within one year of their employment as sworn police officers a basic training course of at least 400 hours duration at a school certified or recognized by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council are not required to be licensed by the Director in order to perform as armed security officers.

Permit Required

LMCO § 124.05(C)
Applicants shall be required to hold a valid license to carry a concealed deadly weapon (“CCDW”) pursuant to KRS 237.110.  The applicant must provide proof from the Commonwealth of Kentucky that he or she has a valid CCDW, and shall continue to hold such license at all times licensed as an Armed Security Officer.

CCDW is now an ONLINE Process. To carry a concealed deadly weapon, complete the application process at: Concealed Carry Licensing Portal

Requirement to carry an ID card

 

Moral Character

LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(d)
An applicant shall not have been convicted of or currently under indictment for any of the following:  a felony; illegally using, carrying or possessing a deadly weapon as defined in KRS 500.080(4); impersonation of a law enforcement officer or employee of the United States or any political subdivision thereof; the illegal use, sale or possession of a controlled substance as defined in KRS Chapter 218A; or any crime of moral turpitude.

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Not listed

Substance Abuse

LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(f)
An applicant shall  have not been hospitalized for drug or alcohol abuse treatment within the past two years, and if so hospitalized, will provide a written statement from a licensed and qualified physician or clinical psychologist verifying that he or she is mentally and emotionally fit for the duties of an armed security officer.

Mental Health

LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(e)

An applicant shall have not been adjudged mentally incompetent or currently under charge thereof, by a federal court or court of any state or political subdivision, and shall have not been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment within the past two years, and if so hospitalized, will provide a written statement from a licensed and qualified physician or clinical psychologist verifying that he or she is mentally and emotionally fit for the duties of an armed security officer;

An application must include a mental inquest check certified by the District Clerk’s Office, if a Jefferson County, Kentucky Resident. A copy of the mental inquest check can be obtained at:

Hall of Justice
600 West Jefferson Street, 3rd Floor (Room 3177)

Mailing Address:
700 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Attn: Disability/Mental Inquest

Telephone: (502) 595-3261 / After hours: (502) 595-4587
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Criminal History Background Check

LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(d)
An applicant shall not have been convicted of or currently under indictment for any of the following:  a felony; illegally using, carrying or possessing a deadly weapon as defined in KRS 500.080(4); impersonation of a law enforcement officer or employee of the United States or any political subdivision thereof; the illegal use, sale or possession of a controlled substance as defined in KRS Chapter 218A; or any crime of moral turpitude.

An application must include a copy of the applicant criminal, which can be obtained from :

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Administrative Office of the Courts Pretrial Services Records Division
100 Millcreek Park
Frankfort KY 40601
800-928-6381 or 502-573-1682

As well as Statewide records check from any place in which you have lived within the last five (5) years.

Personal References

Not Required

Training Requirements

In order to receive a license as an armed security officer, an applicant must successfully
complete a course from a training program having a curriculum including the following subjects:

•   Orientation (introduction to the course) and note taking
•   Fire prevention and control
•   Legal basis for security and rights of security officers, limitations (particularly with respect to the use of firearms)
•   Basic law pertaining to criminal justice and the Kentucky Penal Code
•   Criminal law and security officer arrest, force, search and seizure
•   Report writing
•   Crowd control
•   First aid and special problems

•   Defensive tactics, alternatives to the use of firearms

•   Firearms qualification

For more information, click here.

Exam Requirement

N/A

Child Support

KRS § 205.712

The cabinet for Health and Family Services shall determine the name of an obligor owing an arrearage and shall indefinitely deny, suspend, or revoke a license or certification that has been issued if the person has a child support arrearage that equals or exceeds the amount that would be owed after six (6) months of nonpayment or fails, after receiving appropriate notice, to comply with subpoenas or warrants relating to paternity or child support proceedings as provided by 42 U.S.C. sec. 666(a)(16). The cabinet shall forward the name of the individual to a board of licensure or board of certification for the notification of the denial, revocation, or suspension of a driver’s license, professional license or certification, occupational license or certification, recreational license, or sporting license.

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