New York State requires the proper licensing of security guards for employment within New York State:
*A security guard as defined in Article 7A of the General Business Law [[§89-f (6)] is a person (other than a Police Officer) employed in NYS to principally perform one or more of the following duties, and the person is not performing the functions of a private investigator as defined in Section 71 of Article 7 of the General Business Law:

  • protection of persons and/or property from harm, theft, and/or unlawful activity;
  • deterrence, observation, detection, and/or reporting unlawful or unauthorized activity;
  • street patrol service;
  • response to, but not installation or service of, a security system alarm.

(*NYS Department Of State Division of Licensing Services website)


Aside from the requirement by the NYS Department of State for a security guard to be licensed by an accredited NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) facility. It is important to remember the following: 


When employed as a New York State security guard, it is crucial to understand your legal rights and limitations.  Not only will this protect your employer, but it will also protect you, the individual security guard, from lawsuits.  Employers understand this, as do insurance companies.    

Security guards are currently in high demand.  In this ever changing, and chaotic world we live in, the need for well trained professional security officers is on the rise.  You would be hard pressed to find an industry that does not require at least some form of security.  Physical security may be used as a proactive tool to deter crimes from occurring.  Employers know this, making the well-trained security guard an asset when it comes to preventing or deterring crimes and situations that may create a negative impact on a business.  With the rise in workplace violence, school violence, and the growing sense of civil unrest that has gripped our nation, the demand to protect employees and assets is nearing an all time high.  The opportunities for employment are endless, find a course that fits your schedule and let the ACT team assist you in launching a new career.