The new ASIS Private Security Officer Selection and Training (PSO) Guideline (ASIS PSO-2019) provides recommendations for establishing and managing a program for the selection and training of private security officers.
The Guideline, a revision of the ASIS PSO-2010, is critical to the private security industry employing millions of security officers across the nation. Applicable to both proprietary and contract security, the guideline focuses on three key areas of a private security officer selection and training program—its development, implementation, and improvement. The framework comprises:
- Establishment of policies and procedures
- Assignment of roles and responsibilities
- Allocation of resources to the program
- Setting vetting and selection criteria
- Private security officer training and competencies
- Program evaluation and improvement
PSO Technical Committee Chair Chuck Baley notes the importance of this document: “While the guideline includes most elements of the 2010 edition, it goes a step further in providing organizations a generic framework for designing or improving its selection and training program.”
The Guideline is consistent with industry best practices and takes into account legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations.