Security guards all around the world have an impact on society and different aspects of society. They allow great flexibility to independent corporate enterprises who are looking to securitize their businesses.
But to determine if a person is up to the task of becoming a security guard, he normally has to pass a test consisting of more than at least 8 hours, which covers different aspects that a security personnel has do deal with in his job.
The same for the state of Hawaii, but the strictness in qualifying for the position of a safety officer is relatively less in Hawaii than other states. For example in Alaska, the citizen must pass a 48 hour test. However, in Hawaii, the person must pass a total of 12 hours of tests. The individual must take an 8 hour class, then pass a written exam, then undergo 4 hours of on the job training.
The basic necessities an individual needs to have are as follows.
- A person applying must be at least 18 years old
- He must have a high school diploma or something equivalent
- The applying person must be mentally sound and must have no psychological defects.
- He/she must not be convicted for a crime
- An applicant must get a criminal background check
- The citizen must be morally a good person
- A person applying must not have done any acts of fraud
- The individual must agree to submit fingerprinting
- He/she must provide a criminal background abstract for around 10 years
The costs of the identification card and class ranges from 150$ to 250$.
The Hawaii Board of Private Detective and Guards has decided on a pretty basic training curriculum and it has some pretty down to the point and “perspective” topics and rules in it. Classes are taught by board certified teachers.
I will briefly describe the topics that are present in the curriculum in the security guard training and then I will review the impacts of this policy on security officers training.
Some of the topics taught in the 8 hour course are as follows
First Aid Training
They are taught to use the supplies in a first aid kit. They are also educated in various techniques like CPR.
Power to arrest
What is an arrest and how is it done, who has the authority to arrest and when, what is a false arrest, who can and when can he conduct interrogations and how.
Search and Seizure
What is a search, when are you allowed to do it, what are the types of searches and in which manner conduct them, what properties can you seize and what happens to the seized properties
Use of Force
They are taught to identify the threat and use a minimal amount of force, only necessary force is to be used. Carrying weapons is not allowed.
Safety, Fire prevention, Emergency Response
Information about access control for vehicles and personnel, told the procedure in which they identify their authority. Knowledge about warning signs, knowing in which way warn people, verbally and by show of gestures. Knowledge about identification procedures. How to operate and check alarm systems and CCTV cameras. Information trespassing warning and knowing what constitutes as a trespass crime under the law.
To create a safe working environment. To react in times of emergencies effectively, i.e. power outages, earthquakes, hurricanes. To detect fires. Different types of fire alarms and extinguishers, and the knowledge of using extinguishers. Evacuation procedures and routes. Emergency numbers. Emergency responses for example bomb threats, hazardous chemical leaks.
Homeland security Issues
Basic knowledge about the US department of homeland security. Current trends in international terrorism. Counter terrorism strategies. How to identify threats before they happen and the scale to assess the level of a threat.
When and who to notify
Which authorities to call during an emergency, (e.g. Fire, attempted suicide, theft, natural disaster.) When to notify the authorities and in which manner notify the appropriate authorities.
Observing and Reporting Incidents
To observe suspects and suspicious activity by what means. Various observation techniques. Writing reports with the help of these 5 W’s (who, why, what, when, where and how). Which questions to ask at the scene
The Basics of Patrolling
The methods of patrolling. Dealing with suspicious activity while on patrol. Doing the right thing to protect the assets.
To stay professional. In what way avoid conflicts of interest. Responsibilities of the job.
Professional Image Training
How to act professionally in all situations. The importance of a first impression. To take pride in this job.
As you can see, this course covers all the basic topics that a security professionals must know about. It is short and effective. The classes themselves guarantee to provide private security quality to every place guarded by a private guard.
But the only con that is present is the application fee, but in most cases the company that hires this guard takes care of this fee so the person himself only has to pay a small fee to the company.
So in conclusion, the sentries in Hawaii are formidable and devoted. The entrepreneurs of this state will be satisfied by any officer that has been trained by the state board off Hawaii.