California Security Officers with Registrations (guard cards) must receive 40 hours of training as follows:
- 8 hours “Powers to Arrest” prior to an Officer standing post.
- 16 hours of training within 30 days of issuance of registration, 8 of which must consist of two four-hour courses from the mandatory modules and 8 of which must consist of elective courses.
- 16 hours of training within 6 months of issuance of registration, 8 of which must consist of the remaining two four- hour courses from the mandatory modules, and 8 of which must consist of elective courses.
This course module, titled “Chemical Agents” complies with requirements of AB 2880 and Bureau of Security & Investigative Services (BSIS) training directives as in compliance with Business and Professions Code Sections 7583.6 and 7583.7 and Title 16, Division 7, Article 9, Section 643 of the California Code of Regulations.
This course corresponds to module III.L of the BSIS Course Outline. This is an elective course under the Course Outline and satisfies the requirement for 8 hours of training under the elective section of the Security Officer Training Laws and Regulations.
III.L Chemical Agents – 4 hours
Course Outline & Syllabus Learning Goals
As a result of successfully completing this course, each officer will have received instruction in:
- The legislative intent, criminal and civil liabilities, moral principles regulating citizen possession and use of hand-held aerosol tear gas weapons
- The chemical and mechanical properties of hand-held aerosol tear gas weapons
- The psychological and physiological effects of tear gas on humans
- The principles of tear gas first aid and decontamination procedures
- The principles and techniques for maintaining storing, and disposing of hand-held aerosol tear gas weapons
- The principles and limitations of using hand-held aerosol tear gas weapons for personal protection
I. Chemical Sprays
- Three types of Chemical Agents
- Historical Points
- Why Use Pepper Spray?
- When to Use Pepper Spray
II. Legal Aspects
- The California Tear Gas Act (1969)
- Liability Issues
III. Chemical Properties
- Tear Gas
- Pepper Spray
- Psychological and Physiological Effects
- Mechanical Failure
IV. Maintaining, Storing, and Disposal
- Care and Maintenance
V. Deploying the Agent
- Carrying the Device
- Use Strategy