Onsite Private Security Firearm Policy

Training

  • All officers must complete (at minimum) a semi-annual training and recertification.
    • The purpose of semi-annual trainings is to ensure the firearm policy is understood, and the officer can demonstrate proficiency with a firearm.
    • Semi-annual training costs are covered by the company, however officers must bring their own 120 rounds for the firearms recertification. 60 rounds are needed, and another 60 rounds recommended in case the first attempt results in a failure.
  • Officers must pass a written test in addition to the firearm recertification.
  • Officers must show competency with their firearm, including proper handling, maintenance/cleaning, and general troubleshooting. An inspection of firearms by the instructor may be ordered to ensure cleanliness and proper care.
  • Officers must bring a proper holster which corresponds with their firearm.

Firearms

  • Primary duty firearm must be a semi-automatic pistol (no revolvers).
  • Primary duty firearm must be an appropriate size and caliber for the user.
  • Firearms must be stored in a locked receptacle while not in use.
  • DO NOT store your firearm in patrol vehicles.
  • Firearms must be stored separately from ammunition.

Holsters

  • Holster must be designed for the firearm you carry.
  • Holster must fit snugly and securely on your belt.
  • Holster must have a trigger guard and retention strap.
  • Holster should have an easily manipulated thumb break.
  • Duty holster must be worn on your strong side.

Ammunition

  • Ammunition must be factory ammunition (no reloads for duty use).
  • Duty ammunition must be hollow point.
  • Ammunition must be properly maintained, and stored separately from your firearm while not in use.

Magazines

  • Officers must carry at least one magazine in the firearm, and one additional magazine as a spare.
    • It is recommended to carry at least two spare magazines (in addition to the magazine in the firearm).

Firearm use in Security

Firearms are NOT to be used as a means of compliance.

Firearms are NOT to be drawn or discharged for practice, training, or recreation while on duty, except while at an approved training site.

Firearms are NOT to be drawn or discharged as a warning except in the instances listed below.

It is NOT acceptable to discharge your firearm to protect client property.

Approved use of firearms:

Officers may only draw/discharge firearm if there is an imminent physical threat to the life of the officer, client or third party individual(s).

Officers may draw/discharge their firearm if the suspect is attempting a felonious act, such as:

  • Homicide
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Rape
  • Arson

If a Security Officer is involved in a shooting

1. Holster the firearm.  Do not place it on the ground, unless ordered to do so by law enforcement.
2. Seek medical attention, even if you’re unharmed. 
– you may need medical attention for shock
– it looks better from an optics standpoint to have security in the ambulance, as opposed to standing over a dead body with a hero pose.
– immediately contact your supervisor.
– comply with police requests, but do not provide them with a statement until you have an attorney present. This is not because you’ve done anything wrong, but a way to protect you and the company from potential civil and criminal liability. You may tell the police “My company requires me to have an attorney present.”
– do not speak with the media. If they ask for a statement, state “I am not authorized to speak with the media at this time”.

Good Samaritan Law, Utah

(1) A person who renders emergency care at or near the scene of, or during an emergency, gratuitously and in good faith, is not liable for any civil damages or penalties as a result of any act or omission by the person rendering the emergency care, unless the person is grossly negligent or caused the emergency. As used in this section, “emergency” means an unexpected occurrence involving injury, threat of injury, or illness to a person or the public, including motor vehicle accidents, disasters, actual or threatened discharges, removal, or disposal of hazardous materials, and other accidents or events of a similar nature. “Emergency care” includes actual assistance or advice offered to avoid, mitigate, or attempt to mitigate the effects of an emergency.

(2) A person who gratuitously, and in good faith, assists governmental agencies or political subdivisions in the activities described in Subsections (2)(a) through (c) is not liable for any civil damages or penalties as a result of any act or omission unless the person rendering assistance is grossly negligent in:

  1. implementing measures to control the causes of epidemic and communicable diseases and other conditions significantly affecting the public health, or necessary to protect the public health as set out in Title 26A, Chapter 1, Local Health Departments
  2. investigating and controlling suspected bioterrorism and disease as set out in Title 26, Chapter 23b, Detection of Public Health Emergencies Act; and
  3. responding to a national, state, or local emergency, a public health emergency as defined in Section 26-23b-102, or a declaration by the President of the United States or other federal official requesting public health-related activities.

(3) The immunity in Subsection (2) is in addition to any immunity or protection in state or federal law that may apply.

Off Duty Restrictions

  • Security Officers may NOT wear security uniforms, or carry a firearm in the capacity of a security officer while off duty. Uniforms are to be worn only while on duty, or on the commute to/from the contracted site.
  • If the off-duty officer chooses to carry a firearm, company preference is that the officer conceal-carries their firearm (which requires a Concealed Firearm Permit).

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