Securing The Best
Selecting and Training Private Security Officers in Today’s World
By Dan Mendelson
How many hours of training should a security officer have when they are first hired? Does that answer change if the security officer will be working in front a grocery store versus the grounds of a warehouse with millions of dollars of inventory inside? What about a factory where weapons are manufactured? Should it matter which State they work in? What is the right approach for security companies when it comes to hiring individuals with criminal records? These are all examples of the tough questions that a task force organized by ASIS International (ASIS) looks to address in their next revision of the Private Security Selection and Training Guideline (PSO).
“We have formed a Technical Committee composed of a variety of stakeholders,” says Eddie Sorrells, Chair of the Security Council for ASIS International. Sorrells is also the Chief Legal Counsel and COO of DSI Security, a large contract security provider operating in 23 states. “The committee will be composed of a diverse group involved in the contract security business, representatives from large end-users and associations such as ASIS and NASCO.”
The PSO was first published in 2004 and is often referenced simply as the PSO Standard. This statement would be a mistake however. The document as it stands now is a guideline, with yet no official status as a standard. A standard is considered best practice and is also approved by an official body. A guideline is likewise reflective of best practice but it is not endorsed by official bodies. The PSO publication provides general recommendations as a guideline, and the upcoming revisions will hopefully pave the way to qualify for acceptance as a standard.
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