School Security Officer Training – do I need it?

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We hear it all the time, we don’t have security guards so we don’t need to provide training.  We’ll the Education Code doesn’t care that you don’t have employee’s with the title of “security guard”, what they care about is that you have someone acting in a security capacity, regardless of title, 20 hours or more per week.  That’s right 20 hours or more.  It does not matter what your title is.  If you are the principal and you perform security functions at the nightly school games and you breach the 20 hour mark, you have to go through the POST training.

This was enacted by Senate Bill 1626 in 1998 and added Education Code 38001.5 (b) which defines the 20 hours per week or more.   See also Ed Code 72330.5 and 7583.45

Penal Code 832. (a) Every person described in this chapter as a peace officer shall satisfactorily complete an introductory course of training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

38001.5.  (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure the
safety of pupils, staff, and the public on or near California's
public schools, by providing school security officers with training
that will enable them to deal with the increasingly diverse and
dangerous situations they encounter.
   (b) After July 1, 2000, every school security officer employed by
a school district who works more than 20 hours a week as a school
security officer shall complete a course of training developed no
later than July 1, 1999, by the Bureau of Security and Investigative
Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs in consultation with
the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training pursuant to
Section 7583.31 of the Business and Professions Code. If any school
security officer subject to the requirements of this subdivision is
required to carry a firearm while performing his or her duties, that
school security officer shall additionally satisfy the training
requirements of Section 832 of the Penal Code.
   (c) For purposes of this chapter, "school security officer" means
any person primarily employed or assigned pursuant to subdivision (b)
to provide security services as a watchperson, security guard, or
patrolperson on or about premises owned or operated by a school
district to protect persons or property or to prevent the theft or
unlawful taking of district property of any kind or to report any
unlawful activity to the district and local law enforcement agencies.
   (d) No school security officer shall be employed or shall continue
to be employed by the district after July 1, 2000, until both of the
following conditions have been met:
   (1) (A) The applicant or employee has submitted to the district
two copies of his or her fingerprints on forms or electronically, as
prescribed by the Department of Justice. The district shall submit
the fingerprints to the Department of Justice, which shall submit one
copy of the fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of
Investigation.
   (B) An applicant or contracted employee who holds a permanent
registration with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
of the Department of Consumer Affairs as a security guard need only
submit one copy of his or her fingerprints, which copy shall be
submitted to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
   (C) An applicant or contracted employee who is registered by the
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of
Consumer Affairs, and who holds a firearms qualification card as
specified in Section 7583.22 of the Business and Professions Code, is
exempt from the requirements of this subdivision.
   (2) The applicant or employee has been determined not to be a
person prohibited from employment by a school district pursuant to
Sections 44237 and 45122.1, or by the Department of Justice from
possessing a firearm if the applicant is required to carry a firearm.
   The Department of Justice may participate in the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in lieu of submitting
fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in
order to meet the requirements of this subdivision relating to
firearms.
   (e) Every school security officer employed by a school district
prior to July 1, 2000, who works more than 20 hours a week as a
school security officer shall meet the requirements of subdivision
(b) by July 1, 2002, unless he or she has completed an equivalent
course of instruction pursuant to Section 832.2 of the Penal Code.

7583.45. (a) After July 1, 2000, every security guard working on the property of a public K-12 school district or community college district pursuant to a contract with a private licensed security agency who works more than 20 hours per week, shall complete a course of training developed no later than July 1, 1999, by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The course shall be developed in consultation with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

(b) No security guard required to register pursuant to this chapter who completes the course of training specified in subdivision (a) shall be hired on contract to work or shall continue to work as a school security officer on the property of a K-12 or community college school district after July 1, 2000, unless both of the following conditions are met:
(1) (A) The applicant or contracted employee has submitted two copies of his or her fingerprints on forms or electronically, as prescribed by the Department of Justice, to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs shall submit the fingerprints to the Department of Justice, which shall submit one copy of the fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(B) An applicant or contracted employee who holds a permanent registration with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services as a security guard need only submit one copy of his or her fingerprints, which copy shall be submitted to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(C) An applicant or contracted employee who is registered by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, and who holds a firearms qualification card as specified in Section 7583.22, is exempt from the requirements of this subdivision.
(2) The applicant or contracted employee has been determined not to be prohibited from employment by a K-12 school district pursuant to Sections 44237 and 45122.1 of the Education Code or legally prohibited from employment by a community college, and had been determined by the Department of Justice not to be a person prohibited
from possessing a firearm if the applicant is required to carry a firearm.

The Department of Justice may participate in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in lieu of submitting fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to meet the requirements of this subdivision relating to firearms.
(c) For the purposes of this section, “security guard” means any person primarily employed or assigned to provide security services as a watchperson, security guard, or patrolperson on or about premises owned or operated by a school district to protect persons or  property, to prevent the theft or unlawful taking of district property of any kind, or to report any unlawful activity to the district and local law enforcement agencies.

72330.5.  (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure the
safety of pupils, staff, and the public on or near California's
community colleges, by providing community college security officers
with training that will enable them to deal with the increasingly
diverse and dangerous situations they encounter.
   (b) After July 1, 2000, every school security officer employed by
a community college district who works more than 20 hours a week as a
school security officer shall complete a course of training
developed no later than July 1, 1999, by the Bureau of Security and
Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs in
consultation with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and
Training pursuant to Section 7583.31 of the Business and Professions
Code. If any community college security officer subject to the
requirements of this subdivision is required to carry a firearm while
employed, that security officer shall additionally satisfy the
training requirements of Section 832 of the Penal Code.
   (c) For purposes of this chapter, "security officer" means any
person primarily employed or assigned pursuant to subdivision (b) to
provide security services as a watchperson, security guard, or
patrolperson on or about premises owned or operated by the community
college district to protect persons or property or to prevent the
theft or unlawful taking of district property of any kind or to
report any unlawful activity to the district and local law
enforcement.
   (d) No security officer shall be employed or shall continue to be
employed by the district after July 1, 2000, until both of the
following conditions have been met:
   (1) (A) The applicant or employee has submitted to the district
two copies of his or her fingerprints on forms or electronically, as
prescribed by the Department of Justice. The district shall submit
the fingerprints to the Department of Justice, which shall submit one
copy of the fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of
Investigation.
   (B) An applicant or employee who holds a permanent registration
with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the
Department of Consumer Affairs as a security guard need only submit
one copy of his or her fingerprints, which copy shall be submitted to
the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
   (C) An applicant or employee who is registered by the Bureau of
Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer
Affairs, and who holds a firearms qualification card as specified in
Section 7583.22 of the Business and Professions Code, is exempt from
the requirements of this subdivision.
   (2) The applicant or employee has been determined not to be a
person legally prohibited from employment by the community college
and has been determined by the Department of Justice not to be a
person prohibited from possessing a firearm if the applicant is
required to carry a firearm.
   The Department of Justice may participate in the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in lieu of submitting
fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in
order to meet the requirements of this subdivision relating to
firearms.
   (e) Every security officer employed by a community college
district prior to July 1, 2000, who works more than 20 hours a week
as a school security officer shall meet the requirements of
subdivision (b) by July 1, 2002, unless he or she has completed an
equivalent course of instruction pursuant to Section 832.2 of the
Penal Code.

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