Do you have security officers who patrol the streets of the City of Los Angeles?
Did you know that you must register these officers with bothBSIS and the Los Angeles Police Commission?
The City of Los Angeles is issuing administrative citations to security officers who are patrolling the city streets without proper registration.

We encourage you to review the Private Patrol Service Regulations below which you must adhere to.

In part, the Los Angeles Municipal Code 52.34 states:

It shall be unlawful for any person to perform the duties of a street patrol officer in the City of Los Angeles without first obtaining a Guard Registration card as required by the State of California and registering with the City.  Upon the registration being accepted by the City, the Board of Police Commissioners may issue a permit which shall be subject to all of the provisions of Chapter 10 of this Code, including all the rights, regulations, and due process procedures contained therein.  The Board of Police Commissioners shall retain street patrol officer permits in its files.

Applicant must include the following when submitting the original application to Commission Investigation Division:

  1.       Valid California driver’s license
  2.       Valid guard card
  3.       Valid firearm permit (if using firearm)
  4.       Valid baton permit (if using baton)
  5.       A signed letter of employment by the registered employer
  6.       Any other applicable permits

Note: A background check is made to determine truthfulness of applicant as to criminal history or detect any adverse information. A person on probation, parole, or bearing an invalid driver’s license will not be issued a registration card. The application in itself does not guarantee issuance of Police Commission Registration card.

The board of police commissioners may revoke the registration if applicant is convicted of criminal activity subsequent to granting of permit.

You can review the complete Private Patrol Regulations for Los Angeles here: LA Municipal Code 52.34

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.