Twelve states that reported that they are running guard applicants through an FBI records check actually are obtaining only a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Private security companies have hired felons, people with mental health issues and former police officers accused of abuse. There are horror stories from nearly every state, and they all point to the same issue: an industry lacking oversight and accountability.
Only four states require armed-guard applicants to undergo a mental health evaluation, which is standard for law enforcement officers.
A bill that would require armed-guard applicants to undergo mental health evaluations is making its way through the California Senate.
Security guards on the big and small screens constantly flout their patrols and sleep on the job. But in reality, it’s one of the country’s most dangerous professions, with guards at a higher risk of violent injury on the job than police.
Cal Force Security has voluntarily surrendered its license. But in its wake, the company left a trail of violent encounters that led to few, if any, consequences, according to readily available public reports.
A hearing today at the state Capitol set the stage for potential broad changes to California security guard regulations, including firearm training requirements and mental health screening for armed guards.
Dozens of California security companies have continued operating after regulators discovered abuses of power or evidence of mismanagement or fraud, according to a Reveal investigation. The state’s lax oversight and enforcement of the guard industry will be discussed at a hearing today in Sacramento.
A newly released report, which confirmed many of the findings of Reveal/CNN’s Hired Guns investigation of the armed security guard industry, will be the topic of a hearing Wednesday in the state’s Capitol.