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ASIS International Publishes Revised Private Security Officer Guideline

Alexandria, Va 2010-06-01

​ASIS International has released its revised Private Security Officer Selection and Training Guideline, which provides recommended minimum selection and training qualifications to improve the performance of private security officers and the quality of security services. ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide.

“Committee members realized there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to officer selection and training,” said Bernard D. Greenawalt, CPP, vice president, Securitas Security Services USA Inc., and chairman of the PSO Guideline Committee. “Not every company’s security requirements are the same and criteria vary from state to state. This revised guideline offers companies the flexibility to implement the strategies that meet their specific business and security needs.” 

The guideline supersedes the first edition published in 2004 and is designated ASIS GDL PSO-2010. It provides the framework for private security officer job descriptions and recommended minimum selection criteria, as well as an outline for the design and delivery of private security officer training by employers and other agencies. 

Click here to purchase a copy of the revised Private Security Officer Selection and Training Guideline. All ASIS Standards and Guidelines are available for sale through the ASIS website,

The work of preparing ASIS Standards and Guidelines is carried out through the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and its committees. ASIS International is an American National Standards Institute accredited Standards Development Organization and actively participates in the International Organization for Standardization, developing standards and guidelines within a voluntary, nonproprietary and consensus-based process, utilizing the knowledge, experience and expertise of ASIS membership, security professionals and the global security industry.  View a complete list of all ASIS Standards and Guidelines currently under development.

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ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.