Kentucky: Unarmed 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, as a Commonwealth, does not formally regulate or oversee private security officers- either armed or unarmed. At the local level, such as major metropolitan areas like Louisville, there is oversight of weaponry and armed status.

ARMED: According to the Lousiville Local Ordinances, Chapter 124, applicants who reside in Kentucky shall be required to hold a valid license to carry a concealed deadly weapon (“CCDW”) pursuant to KRS 237.110. The Kentucky 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. Applicants who reside outside of Kentucky shall attest that he or she has never been adjudged mentally incompetent in an affidavit form provided by the Director.

Fees:
$25 Application fee
$25 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

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement

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

Citizenship

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement

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

Experience

Not required

Exemptions

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED:  § 124.05 (F) ARMED SECURITY OFFICER’S LICENSE:

The Director shall issue a license to any applicant who meets the qualifications set forth in subsections (A) and (B) of this section and who presents to the Director satisfactory evidence of permanent employment with a licensed agency or registered company provided, that the applicant:
      (1)   Has a minimum of one year’s experience as an armed law enforcement officer with local or state government or with United States military, said experience occurring within three years prior to the date of application for the license;
      (2)   Has successfully completed a course from a training program recognized by the Director as being satisfactory and meeting the curriculum and testing requirements as set forth in § 124.08; or
      (3)   At the time of application for the officer’s license has been commissioned under the provisions of KRS 61.900.
ALSO:
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

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED:

LMCO § 124.02(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

ARMED:  LMCO § 124.02 (D)  At all times while on duty or otherwise working as an armed security officer, every armed security officer shall carry a valid license, and such license shall be subject to inspection by any police officer or by any other person designated by the Director.

Moral Character

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED: LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(d)
An applicant shall not have been convicted of or currently under indictment for any of the following:  ……..any crime of moral turpitude.

Fingerprint

Not listed.

Substance Abuse

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED: LMCO § 124.05(6)
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

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED: LMCO § 124.05(B)(5-6)

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;

LMCO § 124.05(C):  Applicants who reside outside of Kentucky shall attest that he or she has never been adjudged mentally incompetent in an affidavit form provided by the Director.

Criminal History Background Check

UNARMED:  No baseline mentioned

ARMED: § 124.05 (B)(4):   Applicant must not 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 applicant shall have satisfied this requirement, if in those instances where the foregoing offense was a misdemeanor, conviction occurred at least two years prior to application for the license; or, in those instances where the offense was a felony, the applicant has been granted a pardon or has had his or her civil rights restored and has been specifically authorized to possess a firearm by means of relief granted by the United States Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to the Federal Gun Control Act of 1960, as amended;

Personal References

No baseline requirement

Training Requirements

UNARMED: no baseline requirement

 

ARMED:

   (A)   In order to receive a license as an armed security officer, an applicant must successfully complete a course from a training program recognized by the Director having a curriculum including the following subjects:
      (1)   Orientation (introduction to the course) and note taking;
      (2)   Fire prevention and control;
      (3)   Legal basis for security and rights of security officers, limitations (particularly with respect to the use of firearms);
      (4)   Basic law pertaining to criminal justice and the Kentucky Penal Code;
      (5)   Criminal law and security officer arrest, force, search and seizure;
      (6)   Report writing;
      (7)   Crowd control;
      (8)   First aid and special problems;
      (9)   Defensive tactics, alternatives to the use of firearms; and
      (10)   Firearms qualification.
Exam Requirement

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement

ARMED: § 124.08 APPROVAL TRAINING COURSES.

(B)   The course shall provide for the administration of a written examination and for qualification on the firing range.

Child Support

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED:
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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