Carrying a firearm bears a great responsibility. Because of this, the proper training of armed security guards in San Jose requires the successful completion of a rigorous course as determined by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). A guard must be trainable, reliable, and mature. Without classroom and range training, knowledge of employer policies, and meeting certain legal requirements, a guard should not be allowed to carry a firearm. Here are some of the most important aspects of training.
Knowledge of the requirements to carry a gun on duty is mandatory. In addition to a firearm permit issued by the BSIS, a valid guard card is required as well. Having only one of these two permits does not allow the guard to carry a firearm. These requirements are important to keep guards and the San Jose security guard companies that hire them in compliance with the law. Otherwise, fines and disciplinary action could result.
Proficiency when using a gun is imperative. Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. During each year, a guard must requalify twice, with a minimum of four months between requalifications. The guard must pass an accuracy test at the firing range to prove his or her proficiency in the use, handling, and maintenance of a firearm. This promotes the safety of the guard, the public, and the property he or she protects.
A guard needs to be trained in various types of firearms and the results of what each type can do. Training is given by a BSIS-certified instructor, and allows the guard to understand the power and magnitude of the weapon he or she will carry. This ensures the guard uses the proper caliber of weapon to carry out the services he or she was hired for.
Being trained in an employer’s policy regarding use and escalation of force is necessary to be in compliance with firearm laws. If possible, a guard should begin any incident with the lowest level of action, and always use the least amount of force before considering the use of deadly force. It is important for an armed guard to comply with the employer’s policy to prevent any complaints or misinterpretations that could result in adverse action or serious injury.
At ADS Guards, we consider the training of our security guards to be extremely important. This helps ensure the safety of the people and property we are hired to protect. If you would like to know more about our armed guards and other security patrol services, give us a call today at 1-800-794-1550. One of our experienced representatives would be happy to answer your questions and provide a free quote.