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New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc.

NYSCOPBA represents over 26,000 New York State employees and retirees from the Security Services Unit. Our Union was formed in May 1998 and since that time has provided superior representation to our membership under the independent and democratic model. Our Mission continued...

Security Guard Training Exemption Act 2002

§ 89-n. Training requirements. 1. Security guards shall be required to

satisfactorily complete training programs given and administered by

security guard training schools, schools which provide security guard

training programs or security guard companies prescribed, certified and

approved by the commissioner pursuant to section eight hundred

forty-one-c of the executive law to include:

a. an eight hour pre-assignment training course;

b. an on-the-job training course to be completed within ninety working

days following employment, 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;

c. a forty-seven hour firearms training course for issuance of a

special armed guard registration card;

d. an eight hour annual in-service training course; and

e. 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 executive law, be given and

administered by security guard companies.

Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a security guard company

from voluntarily providing 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 prescribed by the

commissioner pursuant to section eight hundred forty-one-c of the

executive law.

2. a. A security guard who has been or was previously employed as a

peace officer for eighteen 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 completion

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 subdivision shall be deemed to authorize such guard to

carry, possess, repair or dispose of a firearm unless the appropriate

license therefore has been issued pursuant to section 400.00 of the penal

law.

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:

a. 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;

b. 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;

c. a uniformed court officer of the unified court system having the

powers of a peace officer pursuant to subdivision twenty-one of section

2.10 of the criminal procedure law;

d. a court clerk having the powers of a peace officer pursuant to

subdivision twenty-one of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law;

e. a deputy sheriff having the powers of a peace officer pursuant to

subdivision two of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law;

f. 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 retired 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 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

commissioner, and provided further, however, that a retired police

officer 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; or

g. 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, however, that

a retired peace officer who has been retired from such employment for a

period 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, however, that a

retired peace officer 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 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 approved by the municipal police training

council, such training course to be completed at least annually.

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