Security Guard License Pennsylvania requires its prospective security guards applying for license pursuant The Private Detective Act of 1953, as amended shall file an original and one copy of a Petition for Security Guard License with the Clerk of Courts.
Applicants shall comply with all requirements stated in the Act, and submit along with his fingerprints all documentations to the Clerk of Courts.
The Clerk of Courts shall submit the fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository for purposes of conducting a fingerprint comparison with the fingerprints of criminals now or hereafter filed in the Pennsylvania State Police data base.
The District Attorney via the Clerk of Courts shall do a background check, and review the applicant's petition. A recommendation and report will then be made and submitted to the District Attorney.
The amount of training guards receive varies. Training requirements are higher for armed guards because their employers are legally responsible for any use of force. Armed guards receive formal training in areas such as weapons retention and laws covering the use of force.
Guards who carry weapons must be licensed by the appropriate government authority, and some receive further certification as special police officers, which allows them to make limited types of arrests while on duty. Armed guard positions have more stringent background checks and entry requirements than those of unarmed guards because of greater insurance liability risks. Compared to unarmed security guards, armed guards and special police typically enjoy higher earnings and benefits, greater job security, more advancement potential, and usually are given more training and responsibility.
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