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General Business Law

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW
ARTICLE 7-A. SECURITY GUARD ACT (NEW YORK STATE)

1. Security guards shall be required to satisfactorily complete training programs given and admin-istered by security guard training schools, schools which provide security guard training pro-grams or security guard companies prescribed, certified and approved by the commissioner pur-suant to section eight hundred forty-one-c of the executive law to include:

  1. an eight hour pre-assignment training course;
  2. an on-the-job training course to be completed within ninety working days following em-ployment, consisting of a minimum of sixteen hours and a maximum of forty hours, as determined by the council, generally relating to the security guard's specific duties, the nature of the work place and the requirements of the security guard company;
  3. a forty-seven hour firearms training course for issuance of a special armed guard regis- tration card;
  4. an eight hour annual in-service training course; and
  5. an additional eight hour annual in-service training course for holders of special armed guard registration cards.

The training programs and courses required by this subdivision may, if approved and certified by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision two of section eight hundred forty-one-c of the ex- ecutive law, be given and administered by security guard companies.

Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a security guard company from voluntarily provid- ing training programs and courses which exceed the minimum requirements provided by this subdivision.

Upon completion of a required training course, a security guard shall receive from the provider a certificate evidencing satisfactory completion thereof in accordance with the requirements pre- scribed by the commissioner pursuant to section eight hundred forty-one-c of the executive law.

  1. A security guard who has been or was previously employed as a peace officer for eight- een months or more who exhibits a valid certificate awarded pursuant to subdivision six of section 2.30 of the criminal procedure law attesting to his or her satisfactory comple- tion of the training requirements imposed by section 2.30 of the criminal procedure law shall be exempt from the requirements of paragraph c of subdivision one of this section provided that such peace officer has completed a course of firearms training approved by the municipal police training council pursuant to the last paragraph of subdivision one of section 2.30 of the criminal procedure law provided, however, that nothing in this subdi- vision shall be deemed to authorize such guard to carry, possess, repair or dispose of a firearm unless the appropriate license therefor has been issued pursuant to section 400.00 of the penal law.
  2. [Redesignated]

3. A security guard who is also employed as a peace officer for eighteen months or more shall be exempt from the requirements of paragraph e of subdivision one of this section as long as he or she is currently employed as a peace officer and provides to his or her security guard employer proof of such annual in-service training required under paragraph e of subdivision one of this section.

4. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a security guard who is:

  1. a correction officer of any state correctional facility having the powers of a peace officer pursuant to subdivision twenty-five of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law [fig 1];
  2. a bridge and tunnel officer, sergeant or lieutenant of the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority having the powers of a peace officer pursuant to subdivision twenty of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law;
  3. a uniformed court officer of the unified court system having the powers of a peace offi- cer pursuant to subdivision twenty-one of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law;
  4. a court clerk having the powers of a peace officer pursuant to subdivision twenty-one of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law;
  5. a deputy sheriff having the powers of a peace officer pursuant to subdivision two of sec- tion 2.10 of the criminal procedure law;
  6. a police officer as defined in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (j), (k), (l), (o) and (p) of subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law who has been re- tired from such employment for a period not to exceed ten years, provided, however, that a retired police officer who has been retired from such employment for a period in ex- cess of ten years shall be required to provide proof to his or her security guard employer of his or her satisfactory completion of an eight hour annual in-service training course approved by the commissioner, and provided further, however, that a retired police offi- cer who will be required by his or her security guard employer to carry a firearm or will be authorized to have access to a firearm shall provide to such employer proof of his or her satisfactory completion of a forty-seven hour firearms training course approved by the commissioner and, if such firearms training course has not been completed within one year prior to such employment, satisfactory completion of an additional eight hour annual firearms in-service training course approved by the commissioner, such training course to be completed at least annually [fig 1] ;or
  7. a peace officer as defined in subdivisions two, twenty and twenty-five and paragraphs a and b of subdivision twenty-one of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law who has been retired from such employment for a period not to exceed ten years, provided, how- ever, that a retired peace officer who has been retired from such employment for a pe- riod in excess of ten years shall be required to provide proof to his or her security guard employer of his or her satisfactory completion of an eight hour annual in-service training course approved by the municipal police training council, and provided further, how- ever, that a retired peace officer who will be required by his or her security guard em- ployer to carry a firearm or will be authorized to have access to a firearm shall provide to such employer proof of his or her satisfactory completion of a forty-seven hour firearms training course approved by the municipal police training council and, if such firearms training course has not been completed within one year prior to employment, satisfactory completion of an additional eight hour annual firearms in-service training course ap- proved by the municipal police training council, such training course to be completed at least annually.