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AUTHORIZED DUTY WEAPONS POLICY

Due to a recent, documented, accidental discharge of a weapon that occurred at a public facility, we are re-establishing, by Executive Order, the salient portions of LAC 46 Part LIX Chapter 4, Section 405(E).

LSBPSE Executive Order 17-002 Authorized Duty Weapons

It is imperative that all owners, QAs and firearms instructors familiarize themselves with this policy.  Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action by the State Board up to and including revocation of company, instructor and security officer licenses.

BIG Changes MUST READ

As we move toward implementing our new eLicensure portal in the coming months, there are several other critical adjustments we will make to the benefit of our security officers, instructors and industry partner companies alike.  So…let’s get started:

First, we will be migrating all security officers, companies, instructors and QAs to a bi-modal licensure cycle.  What does that mean?  It’s simple.  All security officers over the next two years will have their expiration dates adjusted to March 31, 20XX.  Every year, renewals will open on October 1st and end the following March 31st.

Initial Credentialing

Initial Cycle

Officers who successfully complete the credentialing process between: Your initial certification date will be March 31
        January 01-June 30 2 years in the future
         July 1-December 31 3 years in the future

Once everyone cycles through, every company licensed in Louisiana will know that their security officers all expire on the same date.  Since firearms certifications are annual, and are tied to the day training and testing is completed, it will be up to the company training officer or coordinator to track and maintain firearms credentialing.  That will be made a bit easier with the advent of the eLicensure portal, but will remain the responsibility of the security officer and their employer to assure no gap in certification.  The new system, once implemented, will immediately downgrade any security officer credential to an “unarmed” status effective 12:00 AM on the morning that their firearms certification expires.  Fines will also be immediately assessed for lapses not properly communicated to the licensure section of the State Board.

Because of the six (6) month head start for executing renewals, there will and can be no grace periods of any kind.  Credentialing is the legal authority and cover granted by the State of Louisiana under to function; moreover, uncredentialed individuals are not covered by the requisite insurance policies the state requires by law.

Between October 1st and March 31st, prior to the requirement to be renewed by April 1st, all security officers, going forward, will be required to complete a refresher training course prescribed by the State Board.  This training course will be the responsibility of the security officer to complete and will be conducted via an online training delivery mechanism.  The training is designed to guarantee that each officer scores 100% by scoring the initial pass through the material and test, and then taking them back through the portions they missed to assure that the information is being conveyed and understood. Upon completion, they will be able to upload a copy of their certificate into the eLicensure portal for review by the Training and Education Section.

This training can be done via smart phone, tablet, laptop of desktop computer, and will be accessible on public workstations such as those found in State Public Libraries.  Using an online delivery method obviates the need for travel, scheduling and the like.  The cost of the training every two (2) years will be nominal–meaning substantially less than the $250.00 that is required for other professional licenses.  Current estimates to the process place the cost somewhere around $40.00 every two (2) years–keeping the refresher courses from being cost-prohibitive to the security officers and the companies that may choose to pay for or subsidize the cost upon renewal.

Fingerprint Fee Reduced to $48.00

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1st 2016

This is a re-post from July 13, 2016:

In addition to not having to reproduce fingerprints on individuals who have already been printed for the LSBPSE after May 2011, the Federal cost to process fingerprints has been reduced by $2.75 cents.  This brings the total Fingerprint Fee from $50.75 to just:

$48.00

 

 

 

 

Know The Rules Before It’s Too Late

LSBPSE inspectors are out across the state conducting spot checks on various sites that employ the services of private security contractors.  The results of these inspections have resulted in an uptick in the issuance of CEASE & DESIST ORDERS from the State Board.  Avoid having your company negatively effected by assuring that your license is in order, and that your security officers are registered, trained and firearms certified, where applicable.

Failure to comply will result in fines, some of which can be rather significant.  It is easier and less expensive to be in compliance than it is to run a company outside the boundaries of state law.  Moreover, the ability to secure proper insurances can diminish in the face of actions taken against a company’s license.

If you have questions about the status of your organization with respect to regulatory compliance, call 225-272-2310 for assistance.

Private Security Officers as First Responders

imageWhen the public thinks of First Responders, they often discount the fact that private security officers are the originating First Responders. Police, Fire and EMS are not first on scene of an event as often as the Private Security Officer—in the natural flow of an emerging situation.

Perception is reality, but only in the absence of communication.

The private security industry has within its power the ability to shift the paradigm and perception of the public. Here at the LSBPSE, we are committed to assisting our industry in doing just that. Private security officers and the public at large, are often the first and convergent responders to an incident. It is the security industry and the public who typically make notification to municipal and parish first responder services, such as police, fire and EMS.

The LSBPSE is developing a very brief survey to see if the industry would like (and would benefit from) the development and offering of FREE training, conducted regionally, to address emerging trends, techniques and areas of focus for our security officers who are on post.  This is a value added service to achieve our mandate to give credit for continuing professional education (L.R.S. 37:3274).

Let’s not allow misconceptions shape our reality.

As business owners, and employees, we all know the harsh realities of being the boots on the ground response force, whether it’s be in a small, medium or large setting. Help the LSPBSE educate the public, as we seek to gather and share stories that demonstrate how a great many of our licensed officers are truly unsung heroes!