Message from the Chief
This month will mark my two-year anniversary as Chief of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. It continues to be a busy time as I travel around the state speaking at various industry functions. One of my priorities lately has been to educate companies about the need to license their proprietary security employees as proprietary security officers (PSOs). Slowly, but surely, the PSO applications are rolling in. Below is an update on the latest happenings here at the Bureau.
- In March, our additional space was finished and we immediately took up residence. Our Review Unit, Company Licensing Unit and a portion of our Enforcement Unit are now located on the new side.
- Our Deputy Chief Rick Fong has been with us now for ten months. Rick fits in nicely with our Bureau. He moves equally well between the various industries, attorney general's offices and Department and Bureau staff.
- A new pocket guide for law enforcement has been in the works for a while now. This pocket guide will assist peace officers and the public in identifying and verifying licenses and permits issued by the Bureau. It is currently available for law enforcement.
- In January, the Bureau began conducting scheduled and unscheduled statewide compliance inspections of security guard training requirements. To date, we have made 305 site visits and response has been positive.
- On May 9, 2007, a Rulemaking Package for the addition of training courses for security guards was completed. This change adds seven new elective courses to the training syllabus, thereby providing private patrol operators with a greater choice of courses from which to choose. In addition, the Powers to Arrest will now include four hours of Terrorism Awareness/Weapons of Mass Destruction training.
- On February 7th, the Bureau's Advisory Committee met in Riverside. If a meeting can be judged by its turnout, we were quite a success! A copy of the minutes is available on our Web site. The next Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for late fall – this time in the Bay area.
- Our Outreach Coordinator Rolando Taeza is getting some much needed help. We have added another Outreach Coordinator, Fred Lopez, to help with the volume of requests Rolando is receiving. We have conducted over 800 site visits in the past two years and licensee response continues to be very good.
Overall, I would say much progress has been made but there is still much work ahead. And keep an eye out — you just might see me on an outreach visit with Rolando.