Private Investigations Instructors and Training Requirements

Private Investigations: Security Guard Training Requirements

Level One

Pursuant to 16.48.2.17 D. NMAC, the following eight hour curriculum is the minimum training required and must be completed within twelve months prior to application for security guard level one licensing:

(1)           legal training for security guards;

(a)           legal responsibilities, qualifications, restrictions and liability of level one security guard;

(b)           introduction to use of force continuum, appropriate use of force and de-escalation techniques;

(c)           appropriate search and seizure, legal restrictions and civil liability , and;

(d)           New Mexico laws on trespass pursuant to the act, Section 30-14-1 NMSA 1978;

(2)           authority and responsibility of the security guard;

(a)           communication with local law enforcement;

(b)           radio dispatch protocol and other communication tools;

(c)           image, professional communication, note-taking and report writing;

(3)           incident scene management and preservation;

(a)           identifying evidence;

(b)           care and handling of evidence;

(c)           securing the immediate area, and;

(d)           witness/participant identification

 

Level Two

    Pursuant to 16.48.2.18 D & E. NMAC, the following tweenty hour curriculum in addition to the Level One training is the minimum training required and should be completed within twelve months prior to application for security guard level two registration.

    (1)           legal and practical aspects of use of force and personal/employer liability;

    (2)           verbal and written communication and conflict management;

    (3)           restraint and control devices training shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects:

    (a)           handcuffing nomenclature;

    (b)           daily maintenance and safety checks;

    (c)           applying and removing handcuffs;

    (d)           potentially uncooperative and uncooperative handcuffing;

    (e)           handcuffing from control holds;

    (f)            handcuffing from standing and prone;

    (g)           dangers of positional asphyxia and excited delirium;

    (h)           standing a prone handcuffed subject;

    (i)            conflict resolution;

    (j)            handcuffing guidelines and best practice; and

    (k)           use of force and justification for handcuffing;

    (4)           defensive impact tools training shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects:

    (a)           moral and legal aspects of baton usage;

    (b)           use of force;

    (c)           baton familiarization and uses;

    (d)           first aid for baton injuries;

    (e)           fundamentals of baton injuries;

    (f)            stances and grips;

    (g)           target areas;

    (h)           defensive techniques;

    (i)            control techniques;

    (j)            arrest and control techniques, and;

    (k)           skill practice;

    (5)           chemical agents training shall include, but not be limited to the following subjects:

    (a)           effects of chemical agents;

    (b)           avoiding bad positions;

    (c)           disengagement;

    (d)           proper defensive positions;

    (e)           shielding;

    (f)            drawing techniques;

    (g)           defense against moving attacks;

    (h)           spraying techniques;

    (i)            using OC spray with light;

    (j)            multiple opponent defense;

    (k)           proper weapon retention and disarming;

    (l)            cautions and hazards;

    (m)          recovery and decontamination;

    (n)           functioning when contaminated, and;

    (o)           storage and maintenance;

     

    Level Three

    Pursuant to 16.48.2.19 D. NMAC, the following sixteen hour curriculum in addition to the Level One and Level Two training and firearm certification is the proposed minimum training to be required and would be completed within twelve months prior to application for security guard level three registration.

    1. The four firearms safety rules
    2. Weapon manipulation
    3. Types of sidearms
    4. Firearm retention and equipment
    5. Firearm storage devices
    6. Locking devices
    7. Ammunition and storage
    8. Training household members
    9. Hazards of loaded firearms in the home
    10. Mental conditioning and tactics
    11. Weapon manipulation and marksmanship
    12. Threat recognition and judgmental shooting
    13. Laws pertaining to firearms, deadly physical force and the exercise of the powers of arrest
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