1.1 No person licensed under 24 Del.C. §§1315 & 1317 shall carry a firearm unless that person has first passed an approved firearms course of instruction and an initial qualification administered by an approved certified firearms instructor. The course of instruction shall include a minimum 40 hours of training. The Professional Licensing Section may waive the 40 hour training requirement depending upon the applicant's professional credentials, training and/or work experience (i.e. prior law enforcement).
1.2 Individuals licensed to carry a firearm must shoot a minimum of three (3) qualifying shoots per calendar year, scheduled on at least two (2) separate days, with a minimum 90 days between scheduled shoots. Of these three (3), there will be one (1) mandatory “low light” shoot. Simulation is permitted and it may be combined with a daylight shoot. The initial qualification shoot may be used to fulfill one day and one low light requirement during the first year.
1.2.1 An individual not meeting the minimum qualifications set forth in 1.2 may have their firearms license suspended until such time that they meet the minimum three (3) qualifying shoots within the calendar year.
1.9 All licenses are valid for a period of five (5) years, subject to proof of compliance of Rule 1.0 by submission of shoot certification or re-certification forms by January 31st of each year for the previous calendar year.
1.10.1 Firearms instructors must be certified by the National Rifle Association, a law enforcement training and standards commission (i.e. C.O.P.T.), and/or another professional firearms training institution as a “certified firearms instructor”.
1.10.2 Firearms instructors are restricted to teaching and qualifying individuals according to the type of firearm matching their certification. (For example, a certified shotgun instructor may only instruct and qualify individual with the shotgun.)
2.1 Whereas there exists a need for private security guards in the State of Delaware to be equipped to handle situations where the risk of terrorist activity is high, or at special events where there is a high risk of violent activity or attack, the following rules are established to regulate the use of rifles and shotguns by security services contractors in the State.
2.2 The Governor of the State of Delaware, or designee, or the Superintendent of State Police, or designee, may authorize specified security services contractors to deploy security guards with rifles and/or shotguns, as appropriate to the defense of critical infrastructure facilities, or private business facilities and operations reasonably believed to be at risk of violent activity or attack likely to result in injury or significant damage to or loss of property. The situations where such protection would be required would include, but not be limited to:
2.2.4 An armored car company or agency, as defined by 24 Del.C. §1302(1), dealing with a credible threat or genuine risk to life or to property.
2.5 Rifles deemed appropriate for use in the State would be .30 caliber weapons, .223 caliber weapons, 9mm rifle type weapons, and other weapons approved by the Superintendent, or designee, as need and technology dictate. Shotguns would be of the 12 gauge law enforcement/military style weapons. All firearms would be subject to the approval of the Superintendent or designee.
3.1 To carry the above weapons/items a security guard must have completed a training program on each and every weapon/item carried and all certifications must be on file in the Professional Licensing Section to be valid to carry/use. Under no circumstances would a person be permitted to carry any other type weapon/item, unless first approved by the Professional Licensing Section.
4.1 Each person licensed as a security guard under 24 Del.C. Ch. 13 shall undertake a total of sixteen (16) hours of training through a program approved by the Board, and any such additional training as the Board deems appropriate. Satisfactory completion of the sixteen (16) hours of training shall be certified by mandatory testing with a passing grade of 75%. The test will be administered by Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC).
4.2 The required training shall include instruction in legal requirements and limitations, use of force, ethics, emergency services, diversity, communication, asset protection, and terrorism. The Board, in its discretion, may require such additional topics as it finds necessary.
4.5 Instructors for the sixteen (16) hours of training must take a Train the Trainer session through the Professional Licensing Section. Updates to the training curriculum will be sent out as approved and shall be implemented into the course of instruction. An instructors test shall be mandatory with a passing grade of 75%. If this test is failed, the instructor shall re-take the session and the test until receiving a passing grade before being approved.
6.1 In addition to those qualifications set forth in 24 Del.C. Ch. 13, no person required to be licensed under this chapter shall be issued a license, if that person has been convicted of Assault III within the last three (3) years.
6.2 For the purposes of 24 Del.C. Ch. 13, the Professional Licensing Section may deny an application for a license or suspend or revoke a license if the applicant or licensee has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude. A misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude includes, but is not limited to, the following crimes in the Delaware Code (or similar crimes under the laws of other jurisdictions):
6.3 Anyone applying for licensure under 24 Del.C. Ch. 13 shall not be issued a license if they have any pending criminal charge(s) for any crimes listed in this Chapter.
6.4 The Professional Licensing Section may suspend anyone licensed under 24 Del.C. Ch. 13 who has been arrested and that arrest could result in the conviction of any misdemeanor or felony as described in this Chapter.
7.1 Anyone applying for licensure under this chapter may be rejected without refund, or have their license revoked, for knowingly omitting any criminal history, other material information or to make a false statement on their application.
7.2.1 A licensed private security agency, after investigation, shall notify the Professional Licensing Section, in writing, of any terminated employees. This information is to be included in the next monthly roster report following the termination.
8.1 A Private Investigator shall not be a member or employee of any Delaware Law Enforcement Organization, as defined by the Council on Police Training, or a member or employee of a law enforcement organization of any other state of federal jurisdiction.
8.2 The identification card will bear the employer’s name. Upon termination of employment, the identification card is no longer valid. If seeking employment with another licensed agency, the Private Investigator must be re-licensed with the new employer and a new identification card will be issued as in the previous procedure.
9.1 A qualified manager cannot be employed by more than one company at the same time. For example; a person cannot serve as a qualified manager for two separate private security agencies and/or private investigative agencies.
10.1 No person licensed under 24 Del.C. Ch. 13 shall wear or display any uniform, patch, badge, seal, vehicle and the markings, letterhead, business card, advertisement, or other form of publication unless first approved by the Board of Examiners.
10.2 The use of “patrol” and/or “officer” shall first be proceeded by the word “security”. Under no circumstances shall any item contain the seal or crest of the State of Delaware, any state of the United States, the seal or crest of any county or local subdivision, or any facsimile of the aforementioned seals or crests.
10.5.1 No vehicle utilized for purposes covered by 24 Del.C. Ch. 13 shall have an appearance that creates a reasonable likelihood of confusion with a police vehicle used by the Delaware State Police or a law enforcement agency of any state or governmental subdivision. The Board of Examiners shall have discretion to review the appearance of vehicles, and to make comparisons with known law enforcement vehicles, in order to enforce this Rule.
10.5.2 In the event that a vehicle is not approved by the Board of Examiners pursuant to this Rule, the Board may indicate what changes to the vehicle appearance would be sufficient to satisfy the standard and criteria set forth above.
11.1 Anyone licensed under 24 Del.C. Ch. 13 shall submit an alphabetical personnel roster and a job site list to the Professional Licensing Section by the tenth of every month. Alphabetical personnel rosters shall include the full name, DOB, race, sec, expiration date, and position code of each individual in your employ. For example:
12.1 All persons licensed under 24 Del.C. Ch.13 shall keep and maintain at their place of business, at all times, a book that shall contain the names and positions of all employees along with the location that each employee is assigned to work. This book shall contain all current personnel information and at all times shall be current and up-to-date to include a copy of the current ID card, the list of weapons/items each employee is qualified to carry, the certification/expiration dates, scores and the serial number of the weapon/item, if applicable, and a current copy of the mandatory 16 hours security guard training and test certification.
12.2 The Professional Licensing Section has the right to inspect any security guard at any time they are on their respective post. The office of any private investigative agency, private security agency, or armored car agency may be inspected during normal working hours without notice.
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13.6 All new agency licensures must be approved by the Board. Standard renewals, with no changes, may be approved by the Professional Licensing Section. Any agency having a change in License Holder and/or Delaware Manager must be approved by the Board.