Message from the Chief
Well, the New Year is upon us and we ended the last one with quite a bang! Below are just a few of the highlights of 2007.
- This past year has been filled with much activity. I have spoken at numerous industry meetings and made numerous visits to businesses regarding proprietary security officers (PSOs).
- In October, I attended the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators Fall Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This Association appointed me Chair of their Training and Education Committee. This Committee allows for the exchange of information as member organizations look to add, enhance or reconfigure mandated training. California is considered the role model for other states when it comes to training and background checks.
- Our Outreach Coordinator, Rolando Taeza, continues his mission of reaching as many licensees as possible to discuss Bureau laws and regulations. According to our statistics, Rolando has visited 557 licensees this past year.
- We have been in the process of revamping our Web site with new design improvements. One result is a new address: www.bsis.ca.gov. And we will be posting current news via the “BSIS Journal” feature. So keep watching for our updates!
- In September, the Bureau, in conjunction with the Contractors State License Board, participated in a locksmith sting operation in West Sacramento. This resulted in two citations being issued.
- The Bureau held two Advisory Committee meetings in 2007. Our February meeting was held in Riverside and our most recent meeting, in November, was held in Oakland. The meetings continue to be quite successful – they also generate much discourse and interaction among the industries. At present, there is no estimated date for the next Advisory Committee meeting. But keep watching – we will be posting a notice soon.
- Earlier in the year, the Bureau participated in two training seminars sponsored by the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates (CALSAGA), one in northern California and one in southern California. These were held to familiarize CALSAGA members with new training requirements for security guards. To date, the Bureau has completed more than 400 training compliance inspections.
- The Bureau has also created a new brochure - the Law Enforcement Pocket Guide. This Pocket Guide provides law enforcement with quick access to information on the various licenses issued by the Bureau. It is currently available on the BSIS Web site. In addition, the Bureau has updated the BSIS brochure, which provides general information for licensees and consumers. We are also in the process of updating the Repossessor Brochure, which will give more detailed information on repossession practices.
- The Bureau is in the process of forming a second “advisory committee” under SB 666. This one, however, will be made up of subject matter experts. The primary objective of the committee will be the creation of a training syllabus for Proprietary Security Officers. If you are interested in serving on this committee, see “What’s New” on the Bureau’s Web site.