FOR BOTH UNARMED AND ARMED:
Chapter 832-X-1-.08 Training (pages 11 and 18-23):
A person seeking certification as a security officer or armed security officer shall have completed least eight hours of board approved classroom training with a certified trainer:
• Fire prevention
• Legal information relevant to providing security services
• Detention procedures
• Methods of handling crisis situations
• Methods of crowd control
• Use of equipment needed in providing security services
The Board permits a wide array of subject matter coverage in the delivery of the basic course curriculum for unarmed officers. It can include any of these topics:
(1) Role of Contract Security: Subjects related to the general purpose and nature of Contract Security Companies and their employees, including but not limited to:
(a) Crime Awareness and Prevention
(b) Private Security and the Criminal Justice System
(c) Ethics and Professionalism
(2) Legal Information Relevant to Providing Security Services: Subjects related to legal considerations and concerns (required during initial training), including but not limited to:
(a) Overview of Section 34-27C, Code of Alabama
(b) Overview of Alabama Security Regulatory Board rules
(c) Alabama Criminal Law; Violations, Misdemeanors and Felonies
(d) Detention Procedures and Alabama Laws of Arrest (required during initial training)
(e) Alabama Use of Force Laws (required for Armed Security Officers)
(f) Federal Laws related to Providing Security Services in Alabama
(g) Civil Liability
(h) Evidence Collection, Documentation, and Retention
(i) Testifying in Court or Other Proceedings (e.g., disciplinary hearings, internal corporate hearings, board hearings, etc…)
(3) Providing Security Services: Subjects specific to security methods and techniques, including but not limited to:
(a) General Patrol Techniques
(b) Crimes & Incidents in Progress
(c) General Workplace Environmental, Health & Safety Concerns
(d) Security Officer Safety
(e) Observation and Information Gathering
(f) Note Taking and Report Writing
(4) Methods of Handling Crisis Situations: Subjects related to responding to emergency situations and critical events (required during initial training), including but not limited to:
(a) General Emergency Response Procedures
(b) Fire Prevention and Control (required during initial training
(c) Methods of Crowd Control (required during initial training
(d) Bomb Threats
(e) First Aid, CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator
(f) Hazardous Weather Conditions
(g) Hazardous Materials
(i) Evacuation Procedures
(5) Use of Equipment Needed in Providing Security Services: Subjects about security equipment, their purpose and use (required during initial training), including but not limited to:
(a) Patrol Documentation Systems
(b) Video Monitoring and Documentation Systems
(c) Alarm Systems
(d) Access Control Systems
(e) Fire extinguishers and Fire Suppression Systems
(f) Firearms (see additional Board rules relating to this subject)
(g) Less-Lethal Weapons (see additional Board rules relating to this subject)
(h) Restraints (see additional Board rules relating to this subject)
(i) Motor Vehicle Operations for Security
(6) Customer Service Issues: Subjects addressing Customer Service considerations, including but not limited to:
(a) Public relations
(b) Interpersonal Communications
(7) Specialized Security Services: Subjects about providing security in unusual, uncommon, and/or unique locations or environments, including but not limited to:
(a) Hospital/Medical Facility Security Considerations
(b) Financial Institution Security Considerations
For a full discussion of the requirements, see Chapter 832-X-1-.08 Training (pages 18-23)
Refresher Training Requirement–ARMED AND UNARMED
To renew a license, a minimum of eight hours of refresher training from a Certified Trainer is required.
See the Renewal Application
For ARMED GUARDS ONLY
An applicant for an armed security officer will need a total of 14 hours of training. (According to Mike James of the ASRB, this is interpretted as 8 hours of basic/unarmed initial training plus 4 hours of initial armed training plus 2 hours of armed the following year) . The applicant will need to pass a qualifying course as part of his or her training.
According 832-X-1-.08 -1 (a) The Board requires that a person applying for a personal license as a Security Officer or Armed Security Officer shall have completed at least 8 hours or Armed Security Officer shall have completed at least 14 hours of Board approved classroom training with a Certified Trainer prior to applying for a license from the Board.
832-X-1-.08 -2 (d) Approved firearms qualification courses:
1. The Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission qualification course of fire, target, scoring method and minimum score for handgun, shotgun and/or rifle to be used that is current at the time of qualification is an approved qualification course for Armed Security Officers.
(i) Active peace officers who successfully complete the mandatory annual Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission qualification course as a requirement of employment have met the requirements of this section.
2. Any National Rifle Association (NRA) course of fire, target, scoring method and minimum score for handgun, shotgun, or rifle that is officially approved by the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division for use by a NRA-defined “Private Law Enforcement
Organization” for firearms qualification is an approved qualification course for Armed Security Officers.
(i) A Contract Security Company utilizing any NRA firearm qualification course must apply for, receive from, and maintain an “Agency Affiliation” with the NRA and must follow all NRA LawEnforcement Activities Division rules applicable to a “Private Law Enforcement Organization”.
3. The Alabama Security Regulatory Board approved firearm qualification course for handgun, shotgun and rifle is an approved qualification course for Armed Security Officers.
Firearms Safety Training as required by §34-27C-8(c) shall include, but may not be limited to, achieving a passing score on a Board-mandated qualification course with the make, model, or caliber handgun, shotgun and/or rifle to be used, instruction on the use of force laws of the State of Alabama, and instruction on the safe handling and storage of firearms.
Alabama certifies and trains armed officers in three categories: Handgun, rifle and shotgun. Each of these certifications is a combination of classroom and range instruction.
For a full discussion of the requirements, see Chapter 832-X-1-.08 Training (pages 18-23)
The handgun qualification requirements, by way of illustration are:
(10) Firearms: Handgun Qualification Course:
(a) The Alabama Security Regulatory Board Handgun Qualification Course shall be;
(b) Total Rounds: 30
(c) Approved Target: Standard FBI “Q” target, any color, paper or cardboard.
(d) Scoring: All shot holes completely inside of the scoring silhouette count. Shot holes breaking the edge of the scoring silhouette or outside of the silhouette DO NOT COUNT.
(e) Passing Score: 80% (24 rounds completely inside the scoring silhouette)
(f) Ammunition Management is the responsibility of the shooter. Shooters reload ON THEIR OWN. No reloading commands or reminders will be given during the course of fire.
(g) Start position is from secured holster with hands at side OR from a two-handed Ready Position as noted. Two-handed shooting is permitted for all Stages.
(h) After completing a string of fire, shooters should LOWER their weapon below their line of sight, SCAN the surrounding area for other threats. Once the SCAN is complete, shooters shall either HOLSTER and SECURE their handgun or remain at a Ready Position (as noted).
(i) Reloading and any actions after the required number of rounds fired in a string are not timed.
(j) A shooter must complete the entire course of fire once the first shot is fired during a qualification attempt. Shooters who do not complete the course of fire, or who do not achieve a PASS score, must fire the entire course again, not just the incomplete or failed portion.
(k) STAGE ONE: 3 YARDS
1. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 5 seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
2. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 5 seconds: Lower, Scan, Ready Position.
3. From Ready Position, fire 3 rounds in 4 seconds: Lower, Scan, Ready Position.
4. From Ready Position, fire 3 rounds in 4 seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
(l) STAGE TWO: 7 YARDS
1. Draw and fire 4 rounds in 6 seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
2. Draw and fire 4 rounds in 6 seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
3. Draw and fire 4 rounds in 6 seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
(m) STAGE THREE: 15 YARDS
(1) Draw and fire 2 rounds in three seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
(2) Draw and fire 2 rounds in three seconds: Lower, Scan, Holster & Secure.
(3) Draw and fire 2 rounds in three seconds: Lower, Scan, UNLOAD and let the Instructor verify that the weapon is unloaded, Holster & Secure (unloaded).
ARMED Refresher Training:
According to the Renewal Application, refresher training is as follows (in addition to the unarmed requirements):
*Annually: a minimum of 2 hours of ANNUAL refresher Armed Security Officer training from a certified trainer.