APPENDIX: The Future of Security Training
Jeffrey A. Slotnick
Our world is continually changing. This has resulted in a period of dynamic change within the
security industry. Just turn on the news this morning and you will find several world events
with significant impact are occurring.
There is a war going on, violence in the workplace, and hate-related crimes are rampant.
Bomb threats and threats of terrorist activity are a daily occurrence.
This does not consider such minor day-to-day issues as gang wars at our malls,
entrepreneurial criminals working in groups to target industries, several bank robberies, and
situations involving workplace violence.
The common thread in each one of these events is the presence of a Security Officer
nearby or on scene. But you have to ask yourself were these guards trained properly, are they
properly supervised, and given all the tools they require for professionally responding, helping
others, and surviving.
The 106th Congress of the United States published the following in their Security
Officer Quality Assurance Report:
Private security officers are much more prominent in society today than years ago.
Members of the public are increasingly likely to have contact with these individuals
and often mistake them for law enforcement officers. It is important that private
security officers are qualified, well-trained individuals to supplement the work of
sworn law enforcement officers, further the American public demands the employ-
ment of qualified, well-trained private security personnel as an adjunct, but not
a replacement for sworn law enforcement officers.
Minimum Standards
There are 21 states that require prelicensing training, but only 8 that require postlicensing
Because of the varying duties within the industry, many train to a one-size-fits-all
standard that is based on minimum qualifications. The highest standard in the United States
requires only 40 hours of preassignment training.
The problem with this type of training is very simple: you get what you pay for.
Minimum standards lead to minimum performance, this in kown as Lowest Common
Denominator Training.
You won’t rise to the occasion—you’ll default to your level of training.
Barrett Tillman, The Sixth Battle
Anyone in the training industry will agree, when you get into a stress or critical response
situation you will resort to the training you have received. This is a subconscious process over
which we have no control, it is acting by instinct. With this in mind, training has to focus on
the expected response.
Ken Good of Strategos International
Intuitive responses are something you default to quickly without sequential/con-
scious thinking, as a result of experience. Intuition based on experience is generally
very reliable and in fact a necessity in critical, high-stress situations.
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