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ASIS Publishes New Guideline for Selection and Training of Private Security Officers

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Sets benchmark for establishing and managing a selection and training program

Alexandria, VA (March 11, 2019)ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security management professionals, released the ASIS Private Security Officer Selection and Training (PSO) Guideline (ASIS PSO-2019) which provides recommendations for establishing and managing a program for the selection and training of private security officers.

The new Guideline is critical as the private security industry employs millions of security officers across the nation to protect people, property, information, and other key assets. 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; and
  • Program evaluation and improvement.

The Guideline is consistent with industry best practices and takes into account legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations.

“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,” said Chuck Baley, PSO Technical Committee Chair.

ASIS International, in its role as an accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO), develops standards and guidelines to serve the needs of security practitioners in today’s global environment. It is recognized globally through its Category-A Liaison Status in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Risk Management and Security and Resilience Technical Committees. Current projects under development focus on Active Assailant, Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM), and Security Awareness.

The ASIS Private Security Officer Selection and Training (PSO) Guideline (ASIS PSO-2019) is now available at asisonline.org/newguidelines2019.

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About ASIS International

Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits)—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets.  Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.

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