Breaking News: Stay-at-Home Order and Exclusion for Private Security

As you have likely already learned, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors

Included as one of the sixteen Critical Infrastructure Sectors, the Emergency Services Sector website states: 

The ESS also includes private sector resources, such as industrial fire departments, private security organizations, and private emergency medical services providers.

This is a major win for our industry and an effort that our entire staff has been working hard to accomplish. The mission of the Emergency Services Sector is to save lives, protect property and the environment, assist communities impacted by disasters, and aid recovery during emergencies. We believe that our industry and our members will play a large role in these efforts. 

Many of our members have already submitted requests for expedited guard card processing so that you can get more officers to work. If you missed the announcement yesterday, BSIS Chief Lynne Andres has agreed to work with CALSAGA to expedite the processing of new Guard Cards. CALSAGA will reach out the BSIS on your behalf; guard cards should be processed within a few days. Our advocacy in this regard is available exclusively to current CALSAGA members as a benefit of membership. (**Updated to Add: As of 6/1/2020, the BSIS has resumed all normal application processing activities.)

Expedited Guard Cards for Officers Working for CALSAGA Member Companies:

      • Submit new Guard Card applications online through BreEZe
        • Existing requirements for training and Live Scan are still in place.
      • Email the following information to members@calsaga.org:
        • Company Name and Contact Phone Number
        • Officer First and Last Name
        • Officer Date of Birth
        • Officer Social Security Number
        • ATI Number

The stay-at-home order is in effect throughout the State of California. Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

We applaud the efforts of you and your officers. Thank you for what you do. Stay safe!

An Update Regarding COVID-19 and Officer Shortages

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on you, your families and your businesses. We have heard from many of you that your companies are struggling with a deficit of officers. CALSAGA is working hard to advocate on your behalf. On Monday CALSAGA President David Chandler had a call with Governor Gavin Newsom’s office during which Chandler asked for the governor to reinstate Temporary Guard Registrations through an Emergency Order. This would allow an individual applying for a Guard Card to attest to not being convicted of a crime (or out on bail). A security company could then issue a Temporary Work Permit valid for sixty days during which time BSIS could process the application for a permanent Guard Card. This temporary work permit would also delay the initial training requirement of 8 hours and the Live Scan for sixty days. We will keep you informed as the situation develops.

In the interim of a decision from the Governor’s Office, CALSAGA is working with the BSIS to help you get officers to work as soon as possible. Chief Lynne Andres is agreed to work with CALSAGA to expedite the processing of new Guard Cards. (**Updated to Add: As of 6/1/2020, the BSIS has resumed all normal application processing activities.)

CALSAGA will reach out the BSIS on your behalf; guard cards should be processed within a few days. Our advocacy in this regard is available exclusively to current CALSAGA members as a benefit of membership.

Expedited Guard Cards for Officers Working for CALSAGA Member Companies:

      • Submit new Guard Card applications online through BreEZe
        • Existing requirements for training and Live Scan are still in place.
      • Email the following information to members@calsaga.org:
        • Company Name and Contact Phone Number
        • Officer First and Last Name
        • Officer Date of Birth
        • Officer Social Security Number
        • ATI Number

Other updates from the BSIS:

BSIS is experiencing significant phone delays. Should you need to contact the BSIS please email BSIS@dca.ca.gov rather than calling.

BSIS utilizes Psychological Services Industries (PSI) to administer written examinations for applicants for licensure and provide photo identification cards for select licensees. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in California, please be advised that some PSI testing centers, especially those in the Bay Area, may be closed. Visit https://www.psionline.com/important-notice-update-concerning-covid-19-coronavirus/for live updates regarding PSI testing centers. Questions regarding closures can be directed to PSI Candidate Support Services at (877) 392-6422 or examschedule@psionline.com.

Security University Registration Closing + Annual Conference Schedule Now Available

Time is running out to register for Security University!

Registration closes on Wednesday, February 26th at 5pm or when the event sells out – whichever comes first!

Learn More About Security University

Register Now for Security University

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The 2020 Annual Conference Schedule is now available!

The format of the conference has been updated for 2020 according to your feedback! The conference kicks off on Tuesday, October 20th with breakout sessions and, of course, the popular President’s Reception. The conference will include your favorite speakers, the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 21st and conclude midday on Thursday, October 22nd with an address from the BSIS Chief. If you attend one conference this year, make it this one.

Check out the 2020 Annual Conference Schedule

Mark your calendar now – you don’t want to miss these events!

We hope that your 2020 is off to a great start! 

Make it a resolution to attend these exciting training events.

 

Learn More About Security University

 

CALSAGA President David Chandler will be the presenter during Silvertrac Software’s monthly webinar Thinkcurity. The theme for January is Rules & Regulations: Private Security Compliance. Topics include: Recent Information on Industry Compliance, Best Practices for New Operators, Upcoming BSIS Regulation Changes and more.

The webinar will take place Thursday, January 30 at 10:00am.

Register for Thinkcurity

Update from the Department of Justice

As an association we strive to keep you up-to-date on relevant information for your business. Please review the information below from the Californian Department of Justice.

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Update to Assignment of Firearms to Licensed Security Guards by Private Patrol Operators

This Bulletin provides an update regarding Assembly Bill (AB) 2220 (Stats. 2014, ch. 423) and the mandated Department of Justice (DOJ) system modifications.

SUMMARY OF AB 2220 (Stats. 2014, ch. 423)

AB 2220 became effective July 1, 2016, and established procedures allowing a Private Patrol Operator (PPO) business entity to be a registered owner of a firearm. Additionally, AB 2220 allows a PPO to assign a firearm to a security guard and to designate a firearm custodian.

RECORDS OF SALE SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UPDATE

The Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) Entry System (DES) remains incapable of recognizing a business as a firearm purchaser or owner, and modifications to both DES and the Automated Firearm System (AFS) are required to list a PPO as the purchaser and registered owner of a firearm. The DOJ continues to work towards implementing these modifications and developing a process for PPOs to submit a Certificate of Assignment to identify in AFS the PPO employee who has been assigned a firearm owned by the PPO. (Pen. Code § 28012.)

Pending implementation of these modifications, until further notice, California firearms dealers are advised to continue completing the current DROS process to the owner or manager of the PPO for any firearms being purchased on behalf of the business. The PPO is responsible for maintaining their own firearm assignment records.

LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACT

Until modifications to the DES and AFS systems are complete, law enforcement personnel may continue to encounter armed security guards who have the requisite permits and qualifications to carry a firearm in the course of their duties as security guards, but who are not the registered owners of the firearm. A security guard licensed to carry a firearm by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), is eligible to be assigned a business-owned firearm by a PPO for whom they are employed. An assignment of a firearm to an eligible and licensed security guard by a PPO is not a violation of Pen. Code § 27545. (Pen. Code §§ 28010, 28012, 28018.)

LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACT CONTINUED

Where it can be determined that a firearm is registered to the security guard’s employing PPO and properly assigned to the security guard, law enforcement agencies are encouraged to refrain from taking any action to confiscate the firearm or arrest the security guard for offenses related to possession of a firearm by an individual other than the registered owner.

If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact the Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms at (916) 227-7527.

Download the Information Bulletin

Happy Holidays + What’s New with CALSAGA

We have some exciting news to report: the CALSAGA team is growing!

This month we have added Kelly Swartzbaugh as Manager of Member Services.
In the new year Kris Smidt will be transitioning into the role of Program Manager and
Kate Wallace will become the Association Manager.

As always, we appreciate the ability to serve our members. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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As an association we strive to keep you up-to-date on relevant information for your business.

In case you missed it:

Update from the BSIS

As an association we strive to keep you up-to-date on relevant information for your business. Please review the information below from the BSIS.

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Initial Firearms Permit Application is Now on BreEZe!

The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (Bureau) is pleased to announce that the Initial Firearms Permit Application is now on BreEZe. Applicants can find the option by logging into their BreEZe account here: www.breeze.ca.gov. Please note that online application processing times are generally faster than that of paper applications.
Applicants are still required to scan and upload, as an attachment, the Certification of Firearms Range Qualification Training provided to them by a BSIS Certified Firearms Instructor. This Certification can be found on Page 3 of the Firearms Permit Initial Application, which can be accessed here: https://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/fq_initial.pdf
Further, applicants are still required to submit their fingerprints to the California Department of Justice for a background check. To access the Live Scan Forms relevant to the applicants’ qualifying license, you may visit the links below:

Please be advised that effective July 1, 2018, a BSIS security guard registrant seeking to associate a BSIS Firearms Permit to the guard registration must complete an assessment to demonstrate that they are capable, at the time the assessment is completed, of demonstrating appropriate judgment, restraint and self-control for the purposes of carrying and using a firearm when performing security guard duties. (Business and Professions Code Sections 7583.23 and 7583.47).

More details about the Firearms Assessment Process

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Thank you for your continued support of CALSAGA. If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Info@calsaga.org.

The Californian Fourth Quarter 2019

The 2019 fourth quarter edition of The Californian: The Quarterly Newsletter of CALSAGA is now available!

Click here to read The Californian.

UPDATE: SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING

As an association we strive to keep you up-to-date on relevant information for your business. Please review the following important communication from CALSAGA Legal Advisor Bradley & Gmelich LLP.

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Last year, new sexual harassment training requirements were adopted for California employers, requiring such training by qualified individuals. Under the new law, employers in California having 5 or more employees must provide sexual harassment training to all non-supervisory employees, and to all supervisors. (Previously the requirement for supervisor training only applied to employers with 50 or more employees.)

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California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed urgency legislation in late August, 2019 extending the deadline from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021 for most employers to complete the training requirements.  However, the legislation imposes different requirements on “temporary services employers” as defined in Section 201.3 of the California Labor Code.  With very limited exceptions, Section 201.3 specifically provides that private patrol operators licensed to employ security guards are considered “temporary services employers.”

Based on our review of both last year’s bill (SB 1343) and this new extension (SB 778), the deadline for private patrol operators to provide training to existing non-supervisory temporary services employees is extended to January 1, 2021.  However, all new hires that are hired after January 1, 2020 must receive their training within 30 days of hire, or within their first 100 hours of service, whichever comes first.  (This is broken down for you below.)

The good news is that for those private patrol operators who have already diligently provided the required training, the new law states that they do not have to provide any refresher training to those employees for two years from the date of that training.

Remember, private patrol operators are considered to be “temporary services employers” under Labor Code section 201.3.  This is true regardless of how long you intend to provide security services at a given client site.  So, unfortunately, the requirement of training all new hires within 30-days of hire applies to PPO’s starting January 1, 2020.

Here is a bullet point summary of our interpretation:

Original Law:  AB 1825 (2004)

  • Employers with 50 or more employees have to train all supervisors regarding sexual harassment prevention within 6 months of the date of hire or promotion into a supervisory position.
  • Provide 2 hours of refresher training every 2 years.
  • Effective  1/1/2006.
#MeToo Bill: SB 1343 (2018)
  • By 1/1/2020, Employers with 5 or more employees must provide training in the prevention of sexual harassment:
    • 2 hours to all Supervisors
    • 1 hour to all other employees
  • Refresher every 2 years
  • TEMPORARY EMPLOYERS:  (LC 201.3) Beginning 1/1/20:  All newly hired PPO employees who are hired after 1/1/2020 must receive the training within 30 days or 100 hours of being hired (whichever occurs first). Supervisors who are promoted into that position must receive supervisory training within 6 months of the promotion.
#MeToo Extension Bill:  SB 778 (2019)
  • By 1/1/2021, All  Employers with 5 or more employees must provide training in the prevention of sexual harassment:
    • 2 hours to all Supervisors
    • 1 hour to all other employees
  • Refresher every 2 years
  • Any employer who has provided the training to existing employees in 2019 shall not be required to provide such employees with refresher training again until 2 years from the date given.
  • [No Change — TEMPORARY EMPLOYERS:  Beginning 1/1/20:  All newly hired PPO employees who are hired after 1/1/2020 must receive the training within 30 days or 100 hours of being hired (whichever occurs first).]

SB 778 — IMPACT ON PPO’s:

  1. All non-supervisory employees hired any time prior to 12/31/2019 must receive their training by 1/1/2021. (Extends time for existing employees.)
  2. All supervisors hired or promoted to a supervisory position prior to 12/31/19 must receive training within 6 months of their hire or promotion.(No change from prior law regarding supervisors.)
  3. All supervisory and non-supervisory employees hired after 1/1/2020 must receive their respective training within 30 days of hire or within their first 100 hours, whichever comes first. (No change from prior law.)
  4. Any employer who has provided the training to existing employees in 2019 shall not be required to provide such employees with refresher training again until 2 years from the date given. (Exempts employers who diligently gave training in 2019 from providing any additional training for 2 years to those employees and supervisors.)
While your own legal advisors may interpret the training requirements codified in Government Code 12950.1 and the definition of whether PPOs are “temporary services employers” differently, we take a conservative positon based upon the plain language of the statute.  Of course, this is not meant to be legal advice and we recommend you consult with your attorneys if you need further clarification.

Finally, remember that the sexual harassment training required by these laws is now the minimum standard.  We encourage you to provide regular and ongoing training on sexual harassment and discrimination issues.