Securing The Best Selecting and Training Private Security Officers in Today’s World

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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High-Visibility Workwear: To See and Be Seen on the Job

When a worker thinks of reflective uniforms, images of highway repair crews or construction workers come to mind immediately. But today’s high-visibility work wear is more than a simple reflective vest or shirt with silver trim – low-light workplaces such as factories, mines and petroleum rigs require a higher level of safety than most off-the-shelf reflective textiles can provide.

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Introducing The World’s First Smart Uniform

The World’s First Smart Uniform for Law Enforcement is here, through a new generation of smart uniform technology. Elbeco’s BodyShieldTM External Vest Carrier is offering an answer to body camera surveillance systems.

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Eddie Sorrells
Chief Legal Counsel & COO, DSI Security Services

Where he came from: 
Eddie started out in the early 1990s as a security officer. He was an undergraduate in college at the time. The plan was to go to law school and follow in his father’s footsteps, who was a local prosecutor.

Instead, Eddie found he enjoyed the security business, so he stayed. His employer, DSI Security Services, promoted him to branch manager where he thrived for several years. Over time, his talents kept him moving up in the company, eventually joining the executive management team.

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DSI Security Services

Headquartered in Dothan, Alabama

Current stats:
The company employs over 3,000 employees, serves over 500 clients and operates in 23 states nationwide.

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New England Security EXPO 2016
Boston Chapter’s New England Security EXPO 2016 promises to be one of the largest tradeshow and educational programs in our chapter’s history. With more than 50 years of experience, the Boston Chapter continues to provide the highest quality of educational programs and offers the most leading edge exhibitors. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity.
When: April 14, 2016
Where: Boston, MA

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ASIS 26th New York City Security Conference and Expo
Join more than 2,200 security and law enforcement professionals for the 26th ASIS Security Conference and Expo. Collaborate with peers, examine the latest trends from proven experts, and discover the innovative products and services needed to ensure the safety and security of your people and property.
When: April 27-28, 2016
Where: New York City, NY

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