AB 229

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Use of force instruction: private security guards: alarm company responders.


Existing law, the Private Security Services Act, prohibits a person required to be registered as a security guard from engaging in specified conduct, including, but not limited to, carrying or using a firearm unless they possess a valid and current firearms permit. The law requires a successful applicant for a firearms qualification card to complete a specified course in the carrying and use of firearms. A violation of the act is a crime. This bill would, in addition, prohibit them from carrying or using a firearm or baton unless the security guard is an employee of a private patrol operator licensee or an employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state, and commencing January 1, 2023, would require the course in the carrying and use of firearms to include training in the appropriate use of force, as specified. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law requires an applicant for a security guard registration to complete a course in the exercise of the power to arrest. Existing law requires the course to be approximately 8 hours long and cover specified topics, including responsibilities and ethics in citizen arrest and limitations on security guard power to arrest. This bill, commencing January 1, 2023, would, among other things, add topics related to the appropriate use of force to the training course described above, including training on the use of objectively reasonable force. The bill would also extend the required length of the course to 10 hours. The bill would also require training regarding implicit and explicit bias, cultural competency, and deescalation techniques. Existing law, the Alarm Company Act, regulates, among other things, the training of persons who respond to an alarm to include training regarding the exercise of the power of arrest. This bill would, by January 1, 2023, require persons governed by these provisions who respond to an alarm to have similar training in the appropriate use of force, and would increase the duration of the required training from 2 to 4 hours. The bill would make conforming changes. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

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Mar 02, 2021


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on B. & P. Read second time and amended.

Jan 28, 2021


Referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Jan 13, 2021


From printer. May be heard in committee February 12.

Jan 12, 2021


Read first time. To print.

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01/12/21 - Introduced PDF
03/02/21 - Amended Assembly PDF

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