RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SECURITY GUARD
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SECURITY GUARD

As a registered security guard, you have certain responsibilities to the Bureau of Security and
Investigative Services.
In order to prevent possible denial or revocation of your registration card, it is important that
you be aware of the following:
1. Security guards must meet several requirements before they begin work. These
requirements include submitting your application on line or by mail with the required
fees to the Bureau.
2. Submitting your fingerprints to the Department of Justice via Live Scan immediately.
3. While on duty you are required to possess a valid security guard registration or a screen
print out of the Bureau’s approval from the Bureau’s Web site at www.dca.ca.gov/bsis,
along with a valid photo identification.
4. You may not carry a firearm without a firearm permit issued by the Bureau. You may
not carry a firearm if your guard registration is not current even though your firearm
permit is current.
5. Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. An applicant must requalify
four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of
issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months
apart.
6. You may not carry a baton without a baton permit issued by the Bureau. You may not
carry a baton if your guard registration is not current even though your baton permit is
current.
7. If you move or change your address, you must notify the Bureau within 30 days, or you
may be issued an administrative fine.
8. If your employer or any instructor encourages you to violate any of the above
requirements, you may report him/her to the Bureau in writing.

It is important to remember:
As a security guard, you are NOT a peace officer!!!
How are security guards DIFFERENT from peace officers?
Security guards do not have:

The same job duties as peace officers;
The same training; or
The same powers as peace officers, according to the law.

What happens when a security guard PRETENDS to be a peace officer?
Any security guard who pretends or even implies (lets others think) that he is a peace
officer is committing a crime. A person who is found guilty of impersonating a peace
officer could be punished by a fine or county jail sentence and his registration may be
denied or revoked.

What are a security guard’s ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
A security guard’s role is to PROTECT people and property of his employer or
contracted clients.
A security guard’s responsibility BEFORE an incident/offense has occurred is
PREVENTION.
A security guard’s responsibility DURING or AFTER an incident/offense has occurred is
to OBSERVE and REPORT.
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