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ASIS International issues new guidelines for selection and training of security officers

by Brian Sims

ASIS International has published the ASIS Private Security Officer (PSO) Selection and Training Guidelines (ASIS PSO-2019) which provides recommendations for establishing and managing a programme for the selection and training of private security officers.

The document is deemed to be “critical” as the private security industry employs so many security officers tasked with protecting people, property, information and other key assets. Applicable to both proprietary and contract security, the guidelines focus on three key areas of a private security officer’s selection and training programme, specifically its development, implementation and improvement.

The framework comprises the establishment of policies and procedures, the assignment of roles and responsibilities, the allocation of resources to the programme, the setting of vetting and selection criteria, private security officer training and competencies and program evaluation and improvement.

The document’s contents are consistent with established industry Best Practice and take into account legal, regulatory and contractual obligations.

“While the guidelines include most elements of the 2010 edition, this new edition goes a step further in providing organisations with a generic framework for designing or improving upon their selection and training programmes,” asserted Chuck Baley, chair of the PSO Technical Committee at ASIS.

in its role as an accredited standards developing organisation, ASIS International develops standards and guidelines to serve the needs of security practitioners in today’s global environment. The organisation is recognised globally through its Category A Liaison Status in the International Organisation for Standardisation’s 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 PSO Selection and Training Guidelines are now available at asisonline.org/newguidelines2019

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