Q: In Texas, what are the powers of a security guard when hired to do security for a public neighborhood?
I am a security guard hired to do security for a neighborhood but I don’t know what are the do’s and don’t.
The Texas Department of Public Safety regulates and licenses the private security industry in Texas. To become a licensed security guard in the state of Texas, you must first complete the Level II Training Course and Test. All commissioned and non-commissioned (armed and unarmed) security officers must go through this training. The training must be taken at a licensed school and taught by a licensed instructor. The “dos” and “don’ts” are adequately covered in the course material.
Additional training and tests may be necessary depending upon your particular job duties. Many of these additional requirements are discussed in the basic coursework.
Your employer should be able to give you more information as to the requirements for this position. Occasionally, an employer will have no clue and will depend upon you as the licensed security officer to know and follow the applicable rules. This is particularly true if you are hired as an independent contractor rather than as a true employee.
Be aware that individuals can be fined for violating DPS rules.
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