WHY AN AGENCY VERSES PROVIDING YOUR OWN GUARD OR HIRING A SUBCONTRACTED INDIVIDUAL?

THIS IS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION!

THE SHORT ANSWER...  A PROPERLY LICENSED AGENCY KNOWS THE LAWS OF THE STATE IN WHICH THEY OPERATE AND SHOULD BE OPERATING WITHIN THE GUIDELINES TO MITIGATE YOUR RISK. 


​THE SECURITY FIELD IS A HIGHLY SCRUTINIZED INDUSTRY IN WHICH ALL STATES HAVE GOVERNING LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS REGARDING LICENSING. ENSURE THAT YOU ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE LAWS WHEN DECIDING IF HIRING AN AGENCY IS RIGHT FOR YOU. 

IF AN AGENCY IS RIGHT, THE NEXT STEP IS TO ENSURE THAT THE AGENCY YOU HIRE IS IN FACT PROPERLY LICENSED TO OPERATE. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD COST YOU!!


PENNSYLVANIA - ALL SECURITY PROVIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A PRIVATE DETECTIVE LICENSE TO OPERATE WITHIN THE STATE. PRIVATE DETECTIVES ARE LICENSED THROUGH THE PA COURT SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH THEY MAINTAIN THEIR CORPORATE OFFICE.

ACT 235 OFFICERS(ARMED OFFICERS) MUST WORK FOR A SECURITY AGENCY TO PROVIDE SECURITY SERVICES WITHIN THE STATE. ACT 235 ONLY ALLOWS FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL TO CARRY A GUN WHILE ON DUTY AND WORKING FOR A LICENSED PROVIDER. THEY DO NOT CARRY NECESSARY INSURANCE NOR DO THEY QUALIFY AS A PROVIDER UNDER THE PENSYLVANIA PRIVATE DETECTIVE ACT

IT IS NOT PERMISSABLE FOR AN AGENCY TO EMPLOY 1099 PAID SUB CONTRACTORS TO PROVIDE SECURITY GUARD SERVICES. ALL GUARDS MUST BE EMPLOYEES OF THE AGENCY AND ARE REQUIRED TO MEET ALL SET STANDARDS OUTLINED WITHIN THE PRIVATE DETECTIVE ACT. 

COMPANIES SEEKING SECURITY PROVIDERS ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PROVIDER IS LICENSED ACCORDING TO THE LAW. NOTE THAT NO COMPANY IS LEGALLY ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN ARMED OFFICER, THOUGH AN UNARMED DESK ATTENDANT MAY BE EMPLOYED BY ANY COMPANY. THIS DESK ATTENDANT CANNOT IN ANY WAY REPRESENT AS SECURITY PERSONNEL. 


OHIO - Licenses issued by Private Investigator Security Guard Services may be Class A, Class B, or Class C. If security is the only service provided, a Class C license will be issued. ALL EMPLOYEES OF AN AGENCY MUST ALSO BE LICENSED BY THE STATE. THE PISGS PERFORMS FREQUENT SITE INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT ALL AGENCIES AND ITS EMPLOYEES ARE COMPLIANT WITH THE LAW. 

ARMED OFFICERS ARE REQUIRED TO WORK FOR AN AGENCY AND REQUIRE ADDITIONAL LICENSING AND TRAINING. 


West Virginia Any person or group of people performing investigative or security guard functions in West Virginia are required to apply for licensure, unless one of the exemptions specified by law applies. To determine whether licensing requirements apply, see “Exemptions” under each license type. MORE INFO


FLORIDAAny person, firm, company, partnership, or corporation that engages in business as a private security agency must have a Class “B” license. A Class “B” license is valid for only one location. THEIR ARE MULTIPLE LICENSING CLASSIFICATIONS WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. FOR FURTHER DETAILS CLICK HERE

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