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Chapter 509-3 MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING PROGRAM TO BE SUBMITTED BY LICENSEES

Rule 509-3-.01 Instructors

Licensees and registrants shall be trained and instructed according to the training curriculum set out in this chapter, which training and instruction shall be provided by instructors certified by the Board.

(a) Employees shall be required to complete the training within six (6) months of employment. Record of training must be maintained in the employees' files.
(b) Temporary employees hired for special events shall receive training prior to the events. (This rule applies only to the temporary employees of persons or corporation licensed by the Board.)
(c) The instruction provided to temporary employees shall comply with the requirements as established for the unarmed security personnel pursuant to the relevant rule of Georgia Board of private Detective and Security Agencies.

Rule 509-3-.02 Basic Training Curriculum for Security Officers

Effective September 1, 2007, a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction is required in a basic training program that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) Role of Private Security
(a) Crime Awareness and Prevention
(b) Private Security and the Criminal Justice System
(c) Ethics and Professionalism
(2) Legal Aspects
(a) Principal Misdemeanors and Felonies
(b) Overview of Title 43-38 as it relates to the Security Profession
(c) Overview of Board Rules 509 et al
(d) Arrest and Proper Use of Force
(e) Liability
(f) Courtroom testimony
(3) Patrol and Observation
(a) Patrol techniques
(b) Information gathering
(c) Crimes in progress
(d) Officer Safety
(e) Note taking and Report Writing
(4) Incident Response
(a) Responding to Emergencies
(b) Crowd control and evacuation
(c) Fire control and Prevention
(d) Hazardous Materials
(e) Bomb Threats and Terrorism
(5) Security Resources
(a) CCTV Operation and Video Documentation
(b) Alarm systems
(c) Access Control
(d) Electronic Article Surveillance
(6) Customer Service Issues
(a) Public relations
(b) Interpersonal Communications
(7) First Aid Overview

Rule 509-3-.03 Armed Security Officers

(These are employees performing the functions of armed private security personnel). In addition to the 24-hour basic training curriculum as set out in Rule 509-3-.02, these personnel must satisfy the requirements set forth in 509-3-.10.

Rule 509-3-.04 Reserved

Rule 509-3-.05 Reserved

Rule 509-3-.06 Basic Training Requirements for Private Detectives

(1) A minimum of seventy hours of classroom instruction is required in a basic training program for private detective license holders and registered private detective employees consisting of the following:
(a) one hour of instruction in Registration and Orientation: introduction of officials and trainees, statement of procedures, rules and regulations governing the classes, filling in of personnel data and official records;
(b) two hours of instruction in the history of law enforcement and the private investigations industry, and a discussion of crime and security in the United States;
(c) two hours of instruction on ethics;
(d) two hours of instruction on the types of investigations undertaken by the private detective investigator;
(e) four hours of instruction in Principal Georgia Misdemeanors and Felonies; our most often used laws and the elements necessary for establishing a crime, jurisdiction, venue, and Georgia criminal procedure;
(f) four hours of instruction in Laws of Arrest: deals with the legal authority to make arrests, due process, as well as constitutional guarantees;
(g) two hours of instruction in Search and Seizure: laws rules and methods of lawful search and seizure;
(h) two hours of instruction in crime scene investigation searches and scientific aids: laboratories, documenting examiners, polygraph, latent fingerprinting, various fluorescent powders, etc.;
(i) two hours of instruction in Interviewing Suspects and Witnesses: how to conduct a successful interview, qualifications and preparation necessary, kinesic and cognitive interview techniques;
(j) two hours of instruction in process serving: civil suits, subpoenas, state courts, superior courts, and magistrate courts;
(k) four hours of instruction in sources of information, database searches and use of information brokers;
(l) eight hours of instruction in surveillance: a course designed to teach the proper methods of surveillance and its importance in modern police functions, to include instruction in the Georgia eavesdropping law;
(m) two hours of instruction in basic video graphy and photography methods;
(n) two hours of instruction in proper note taking and recording of pertinent information;
(o) four hours of instruction in case management and report writing, discussion of report formats and content of reports, reducing verbal statements to writing and common mistakes in investigative report writing;
(p) two hours of instruction in the rules of evidence: a history of trial methods and procedures, as well as instruction in the fundamental concepts of evidence;
(q) four hours of instruction in courtroom testimony;
(r) four hours of instruction in court records research;
(s) two hours of instruction in criminal defense investigations;
(t) two hours of instruction in undercover investigations;
(u) two hours of instruction on domestic investigations;
(v) two hours of instruction on insurance fraud investigations;
(w) two hours of instruction on white collar crime investigations to include retail fraud loss prevention, and computer crime investigations;
(x) two hours of instruction on executive protection services;
(y) two hours of instruction in proper business practices to include, but not limited to, contracts, reports, invoices, and client relations;
(z) a two hour examination should be given at the completion of the course covering all subjects, a passing grade being one of the requirements for qualification.

(These records shall be subject to inspection, upon request by the Board or its representative.)

(2) In addition to the requirements in paragraph (1), all private detective license holders and registered private detective employees who will be authorized to carry a handgun must complete the applicable firearms training curriculum as set forth in Board Rules 509-3-.08 and/or 509-3-.10.

Rule 509-3-.07 Certification of Instructors

(1) Firearms and classroom training instructors must complete application for certification on form provided by the Board. Classroom training instructors shall submit a resume and a course outline with application.
(2) Qualifications. Any applicant for certification as an instructor must meet one of the following qualifications:
(a) Minimum four years supervisory experience with a contract or industrial security organization;
(b) Minimum four years experience with a law enforcement agency;
(c) Any other experience or education comparable to (a) or (b) above which may qualify applicant for certification upon the discretion of the Board.
(3) A non-refundable fee shall be submitted with the application for certification as a training instructor. Refer to the fee schedule for the appropriate fee.
(4) All applicants for certification shall submit to the board appropriate notarized documentation and qualifications verifying that such instructor is qualified to teach the basic curriculum as outlined in these rules along with the application. Such documentation shall include but not be limited to the following:
(a) education;
(b) previous courses taught;
(c) work experience.
(5) Any licensee who contracts for or has training provided through other means shall so indicate on the application for company license.
(6) Effective June 30, 1993, firearms and classroom training instructors must be re-certified every two years. A penalty fee will be imposed on any instructor renewing between July 1 and July 31 of the year of re-certification. A new application for certification will be required after July 31 of the year of re-certification.

Rule 509-3-.08 Shotgun Training

(1) Instructors shall qualify personnel authorized to carry a shotgun according to a course of fire acceptable to the Board. A minimum passing score of 80% must be achieved on the firing range, proctored by a firearms instructor licensed by the Board. All armed personnel must comply with the requirements of Board Rule 509-4-.01.
(2) All agencies using 12 gauge riot-type shotgun, or other type shotgun approved by the Board, shall provide training to personnel authorized to carry a shotgun according to the curriculum approved by the Board prior to issuance of weapons. A minimum of two hours of additional classroom training is required in a basic shotgun training program as follows:

(a) History of Shotgun

15 minutes

   
   

(b) The Modern Shotgun

15 minutes

   
   

1. General Description

 
   
   

(i) The Pump Shotgun (Slide Action)

 
   
   

(ii) The Automatic Shotgun (Self Loader)

 
   
   

(c) The Police Shotgun

15 minutes

   
   

1. Shotgun Parts

 
   
   

(i) Stock

 
   
   

(ii) The Shotgun Action

 
   
   

(I) The Self-Loader

 
   
   

(II) Slide Action

 
   
   

(iii) Barrels

 
   
   

(I) Length

 
   
   

(II) Bore Size

 
   
   

(III) Choke

 
   
   

(d) Shotgun Ammunition

15 minutes

   
   

1. Components of the Shotshell

 
   
   

(i) Shot sizes, description of

 
   
   

(ii) Penetration

 
   
   

(iii) Spread

 
   
   

(e) Why the Shotgun is used

15 minutes

   
   

(f) Shooting Position and Techniques

30 minutes

   
   

1. Standing Position

 
   
   

2. Kneeling Position

 
   
   

3. Sitting Position

 
   
   

4. Prone Position

 
   
   

5. Skip Firing

 
   
   

(g) Safety

15 minutes

1. Carrying or holding the Shotgun
2. Safety in the Automobile

Rule 509-3-.09 Annual Training

For compliance with the Armored Car Industry Reciprocity Act of 1993, affected licensees may elect to receive annual classroom and range training in weapons safety and marksmanship. This training must be provided by a qualified training instructor. Written confirmation of the licensee's compliance with the annual training requirements must be submitted to the Board for each affected individual no later than December 31st annually.

Rule 509-3-.10 Firearm Training Curriculum for Handguns

(1) This curriculum is intended to meet the minimum requirements of the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies. A minimum passing score of 80% must be achieved on a written exam addressing the topics listed below in subparagraphs (a), (b), (1) (i), (1) (ii), (1) (iii), and (c), proctored by a firearms instructor licensed by the Board.

A minimum passing score of 80% must be achieved on the firing range, proctored by a firearms instructor licensed by the Board. All armed personnel must comply with the requirements of Board Rule 509-4-.01.

(2) The holders of weapon permits must qualify with the same type weapon carried. Two (2) strings of 48 rounds with the highest score to be used for qualification with a minimum qualifying score of 80%. A minimum of 15 hours of instruction is required for the firearm training curriculum for handguns, administered by an instructor who is licensed by the Board, consisting of the following:
(a) One (1) hour of instruction in the use of deadly force. The instruction shall include Georgia Laws 16-3-21 & 17-4-20, Official Code of Georgia Annotated;
(b) Two (2) hours of instruction in liability issues. The instruction shall include Georgia Laws 16-1-3(5), 16-1-3(6), Title 42, USC Sec. 1983;
1. Issues to be covered shall include three (3) situations which justify use of deadly force.

Three (3) situations are as follows:

(i) Defense of self from great bodily harm of death;
(ii) Defense of a third person from great bodily harm of death; and
(iii) To prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
(c) One hour of instruction in ballistics to include selecting the proper ammunition and factors that affect trajectory, over-penetration and ricochet;
(d) Three hours of instruction in types of handguns. This instruction shall include the following:
1. Nomenclature;
2. Selection of a handgun;
3. Selection of proper ammunition;
4. Care and cleaning of a handgun;
5. Proper techniques for storage, loading and unloading a handgun;
6. Selection of the proper holster and equipment for your weapon;
7. Weapon retention techniques.
(e) Eight (8) hours of instruction in firearm range qualifications. This instruction shall include the following:
1. Proper stance;
2. Proper grip and draw;
3. Sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control;
4. Firearm range safety;
5. Range procedures and rules of conduct;
6. Course of fire as set by instructor to include, but not limited to, the following:

Distance Rounds
3 Yards 24
7 Yards 18
15 Yards 6

Rule 509-3-.11 Repealed

Rule 509-3-.12 Continuing Education

(1) Requirement. Any registered employee who renews a registration after September 1, 2007 must comply with continuing education requirements contained in this rule.
(2) Exemption for Newly-Registered Employees. Private detective and security employees who obtain their first registration by the Board within the second year of the renewal cycle (after September 1 of the even-numbered year) will not be required to obtain continuing education hours for the first renewal of their registrations.
(3) Hours. Registered security employees must have eight (8) hours of continuing education prior to renewal of employee registrations. Registered private detective employees must have sixteen (16) hours of continuing education prior to renewal of employee registrations. Employees registered as private detective and security guards must have sixteen (16) hours of continuing education prior to renewal of employee registrations.
(a) Security Continuing Education: 2 hours in Homeland Security, to include, but not limited to, indicators of terrorism, and cooperation with Homeland Security agencies; 2 hours in Firearms-related training; 4 hours in industry-related training.
(b) Private Detective Continuing Education: 2 hours in Homeland Security, to include, but not limited to, indicators of terrorism, and cooperation with Homeland Security agencies; 2 hours in ethics; 12 hours in industry-related training, which may include up to 4 hours of firearms-related training.
(c) Acceptable Continuing Education Providers. The purpose of this chapter is to identify acceptable sources for providing continuing training and to establish guidelines for designating those providers as Acceptable Continuing Education Providers (ACEPs). As such, it is not the Board's intent to require providers or registrants to seek pre-approval of specific training programs. Continuing education documentation should not be submitted to the Board, unless specifically requested by the Board. An acceptable Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) is defined as any individual, organization, institution, association, firm, or other entity that provides ongoing training services to the private detective or security profession that directly relates to the scope of practice. This training must be facilitated or provided by an instructor licensed by the Board.
1. Associations. The board will accept continuing education credits for instruction provided by legitimate private detective and/or security associations. This shall include, but is not limited to, state and national associations which are properly incorporated and in good standing with the appropriate incorporating body.
2. Company training. Companies may develop continuing education courses to provide training solely for their own registered employees.
3. Institutions. Institutions that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in Rule 509-3-.12(4).
(d) Distance learning. Distance learning shall include, but is not limited to, online Internet-based training and correspondence courses. Institutions that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in Rule 509-3-.12(4).
(e) Individuals and Firms. Individual instructors and firms that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in 509-3-.12(4).
(4) Requirements of Approved Continuing Education Providers. An ACEP must meet the following requirements to be in compliance with Board rules:
(a) Mandatory attendance sheet or roster to be signed or initialed by the participant. Electronic signatures are acceptable for distance learning purposes.
(b) A written agenda, course outline, or syllabus must be developed that covers the subject matter presented.
(c) A certificate must be presented to each participant upon successful completion of the training. The certificate must contain (but is not limited to) the name of the participant, course topic, number of continuing education hours achieved, name and signature of provider or facilitator, and date(s) of training. In lieu of a certificate, the Board, in its sole discretion, may require or accept other appropriate documentation.
(d) Training offered by instructors who are not licensed by the Board, including POST-certified instructors and subject-matter experts, must be provided under the direction of an instructor licensed by the Board.
(5) Records. It is the sole responsibility of the registrant and the registrant's employer to provide proof to the Board, upon request, of completion of the required continuing education hours. Providers must retain records of training for a minimum of five (5) years. The Board reserves the right to conduct an audit of registered employees to determine compliance with continuing education requirements. Proof of continuing education hours should not be submitted to the Board, unless an individual employee is audited by the Board.
(6) Waivers. In the sole discretion of the Board, waivers of the requirement of continuing education may be granted in cases of hardship, disability, illness, or under such circumstances as the Board deems appropriate. Such waiver must be requested in writing to the Board and must be accompanied by acceptable documentation.