Connecticut: Unarmed Security Officers
Legislation and Details for Connecticut
Connecticut Code Chapter 534: Private Detectives and Security Services (Sec 29-152u to 29-161aa)
Connecticut is another jurisdiction that allows employers to register as many employees as needed and thereby assure compliance with state requirements for being a security officer. Prospective or actual employees must apply for a security officer identification card and until received cannot be registered. The security officer applicant must complete all required training before the issuance of the identification card.
Any person hired to work as a security officer shall be licensed as a security officer prior to being registered. The cost of registering the employee is $40.00 per employee.
The employee shall complete a minimum of eight (8) hours training, the security officer will be issued an identification card from the Department of Public Safety. This security officer’s identification card will have five (5) year expiration and must be carried on their person while on the job site.
To obtain a security officer’s identification card, you must complete the following requirements:
• Standard application (DPS-135-C) – email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the form.
• Two color photographs, 2″x2″ (passport style)
• Set of fingerprint cards (one (1) blue-FBI and one (1) green-State of Connecticut Applicant)
• Copy of current Connecticut Drivers License
• Papers of Naturalization, if applicable
$100.00 Registration fee
$13.25 FBI Background inquiry fee
$75.00 State of Connecticut Background Inquiry
Effective July 1, 2018 unarmed employment is allowed, under certain conditions, while an application for a security officer license is pending.
See: PA 18-20(h)
C.G.S 29-161q states “Immediately upon hiring a security officer, the security service employing such security officer shall apply to register such security officer with the Commissioner of Public Safety.”
The registration of security officers will consist of the following:
• Standard application Form DPS-688-C (DOC)
• Two color photographs, 2″x2″ (passport style)
• Registration fee of $40.00
• Copy of Security Officers Identification Card
Security Officer license applicants may temporarily work without a fully approved license as long as the applicant has filed the required documentation, completed training and been assessed for criminal background check and verification. There are limitations to this discretionary temporary status. For the full regulations, see Section (H) at:
(h) During the time that an application for a license as a security officer is pending with the commissioner, the applicant may perform the duties of security officer, provided (1) the security service employing the applicant conducts, or has a consumer reporting agency regulated under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act conduct, a state and national criminal history records check and determines the applicant meets the requirements of subsection (c) of this section to be a security officer, and (2) the applicant (A) successfully completed the training required pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, or obtained a waiver of such training, and (B) performs the duties of a security officer under the direct on-site supervision of a licensed security officer with at least one year of experience as a licensed security officer. The applicant shall not perform such duties at a public or private preschool, elementary or secondary school or at a facility licensed and used exclusively as a child care center, as described in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 19a-77. The applicant shall cease to perform such duties pursuant to this subsection when the commissioner grants or denies the pending application for a security license under this section.
See: Connecticut Code
To obtain a Security Office Firearms Permit, applicants must possess a valid Connecticut State Pistol Permit and must be certified as a security officer and must have a security officer identification card.
The statute states in part:
No employee of a licensed security service and no employee hired by a firm or corporation to perform work as a security officer may carry a pistol, revolver or other firearm while on duty or directly en route to or from such employment unless such employee obtains a special permit from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
See: C.G.S. 29-161z(a)
$62.00 application fee
See: Firearms Permit Endorsement
See: Information on the State Pistol Permit requirements
An instate license is required.
According to Statutes of Connecticut (CGS) Chapter 534 § 29-161q:
The applicant must be at least 18 years of age
For ARMED GUARDS: The applicant must be at least 21 years of age. See Statutes of Connecticut (CGS) Chapter 534 § 29-161y
The regulation is silent, but the Employee/guard registration form asks about Citizenship or naturalization.
No baseline requirement
Training exemptions: Sec. 29-161q.
The commissioner shall waive training requirements for any person who, while serving in the armed forces or the National Guard, or if such person is a veteran, within two years of such person’s discharge from the armed forces, presents proof that such person has completed military training that is equivalent to the training required by this subsection, and, if applicable, such person’s military discharge document or a certified copy thereof.
A security officer certification identification card is required (not a permit)
For ARMED GUARDS:
Firearms Permit Endorsement
Connecticut General Statue 29-161z requires that all employees hired by a security service to perform security officer services, while armed with a firearm, must obtain a special permit from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Armed security officers must be at least 21 years of age. The employer is responsible for insuring that the employee has obtained the permit (endorsement). Any employee hired to work, as security officer shall be certified as a security officer and obtains an identification card prior to the security service company making application to register the security officer with the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The permit endorsement is in addition to the permit requirements imposed under C.G.S. Sec. 29-28. Failure to register an employee or allowing such person to work without the proper supplement firearm permit may result in the suspension or revocation of the company’s business license and the imposition of a $75.00 fine per violation. The security officer would also be issued a $ 75.00 fine for carrying a firearm without the proper pistol permit endorsement.
The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may grant to any suitable employee of a licensed security service, or to an employee hired by a firm or corporation to perform work as a uniformed or nonuniformed security officer, a special permit to carry a pistol or revolver or other firearm while actually on duty on the premises of the employer, or, while directly en route to or from such employment, provided that such employee has proven to the satisfaction of the commissioner that such employee has successfully completed a course, approved by the commissioner, of training in the safety and use of firearms.
The applicant must have a valid State Pistol Permit to obtain a Firearms Permit Endorsement.
The Security Officer Firearm Permit Endorsement Application Form DPS 1030 must be obtained from an approved firearms instructor. The form cannot be downloaded off the website. An application form can be mailed to you by calling (860) 685-8160.
TEMPORARY FIREARMS PERMIT (Connecticut General Statue 29-161z (b):
The commissioner may grant to such employee a temporary permit pending issuance of the permit, provided such employee has submitted an application and successfully completed such training course immediately following employment.
According to CGS Chapter 534 §29-161q(d)
Upon the security officer’s successful completion of training and licensing by the commissioner, or immediately upon hiring a licensed security officer, the security service employing such security officer shall apply to register such security officer with the commissioner on forms provided by the commissioner. Such application shall be accompanied by payment of a forty-dollar application fee payable to the state. The Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall keep on file the completed registration form and all related material. An identification card with the name, date of birth, address, full-face photograph, physical descriptors and signature of the applicant shall be issued to the security officer, and shall be carried by the security officer at all times while performing the duties associated with the security officer’s employment. Registered security officers, in the course of performing their duties, shall present such card for inspection upon the request of a law enforcement officer.
According to CGS Chapter 534 § 29-161q(a)
A security company may only hire security officers who are of good moral character
According to CGS Chapter 534 § 29-161y(a):
Any person, firm or corporation may employ as many security officers or security personnel carrying firearms as it deems necessary for the conduct of its business, provided such employees shall be of good moral character.
According to CGS Chapter 534 § 29-161q(c):
Applicants shall submit with their application two sets of their fingerprints in order to submit to state and national criminal history records checks conducted in accordance with section 29-17a
No fingerprints are required to apply for the firearms permit endorsement. Fingerprints are required for security guard application.
No baseline requirement
No baseline requirement
No person shall be approved for a license who has been convicted of a felony, any sexual offense or any crime involving moral turpitude, or who has been refused a license under the provisions of §§ 29-161g to 29-161x
According to 534 § 29-161k(b)
The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall require any applicant for a license under this section to submit to state and national criminal history records checks
FOR ARMED GUARDS:
According to CGS Chapter 534 § 29-161y, the application for a firearms permit endorsement shall be made in the same manner as is provided in section 29-161q and applicants shall meet the requirements specified in said section. Therefore, according to Connecticut Chapter 534 § 29-161q:
According to CGS Chapter 534 § 29-161q(b)(1):
No person shall be approved for a license who has been convicted of a felony, any sexual offense or any crime involving moral turpitude, or who has been refused a license under the provisions of sections 29-161g to 29-161x
According to CGS Chapter 534 § 29-161q(b):
Each applicant for a security guard license shall complete a minimum of 8 hours training in the following areas:
- Basic first aid
- Search and seizure laws and regulations
- Use of force
- Basic criminal justice
- Public safety issues
FOR ARMED GUARDS:
According to the DESPP web site, “Pursuant to Connecticut General Statue Chapter 154 sections 29-161z, all Armed Security Officers will now be mandated to take an 8-hour training and firearms qualification course and annually take a refresher course in order to receive and maintain the security firearms (blue card endorsement) in their State pistol permit. This course will insure that Armed Security Officer are trained and qualify with the firearms carrying in the armed security employment.”
All armed security officers shall complete such safety course and yearly complete a refresher safety course approved by the commissioner at their expense. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 concerning the approval of schools, institutions or organizations offering such courses, requirements for instructors and the required number of hours and content of such courses. The course is offered by private instructors and involves classroom training in safety and use of firearms and range qualification. Upon completion of the course, the firearm instructor signs off on the reverse side of the application form DPS-1030. The application form is then submitted to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.
According to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website, pursuant to CGS § 29-161z(b), the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may grant to any suitable employee of a licensed security service, or to an employee hired by a firm or corporation to perform work as a uniformed or non-uniformed security officer, a special permit to carry a pistol or revolver or other firearm while actually on duty on the premises of the employer, or, while directly en route to or from such employment, provided that such employee has proven to the satisfaction of the commissioner that such employee has successfully completed a course, approved by the commissioner, of training in the safety and use of firearms.
The commissioner may grant to such employee a temporary permit pending issuance of the permit, provided such employee has submitted an application and successfully completed such training course immediately following employment. All armed security officers shall complete such safety course and yearly complete a refresher safety course approved by the commissioner.
No baseline requirement
According to CGS § 46b-220(b):
The state of Connecticut has the right to revoke any professional or occupational license of a delinquent child support obligor