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Generic Baton Permits and Baton Instructor Certificates

In 1999, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services stopped issuing baton permits or training certificates that specify the type of baton the licensee may carry on duty or for what type of baton the instructor may conduct training, such as a sidehandle or collapsible of baton. BSIS now issues only a single "generic" type of permit and instructor certificate.

After reviewing the Private Security Act, BSIS regulations and recent rulings by the Office of Administrative Law, the Bureau has determined that there is no specific authority for BSIS to designate or limit the type of batons used by licensees and training instructors. Under existing law, BSIS only has authority to issue "a baton permit" or a "baton instructor certificate." Consequently, all licensees/registrants holding an older baton permit may carry any type of baton on the job, regardless of the type specified on the permit as long as he or she is proficient in the use of the specific type of baton. Similarly, a baton instructor with a certificate may teach any type of baton as long as the instructor is proficient in the use of that baton.

The baton permit and instructor certificates have now been modified, with all references to the type of baton deleted. The application forms and existing Baton Training Manual also are being updated. In the meantime, continue to use the existing Baton Training Manual.

BSIS suggests that all licensees with a baton permit or instructor's certificate have the proper training in the specific type of baton they are carrying or teaching others to use.

The BSIS Web site will be updated with any new legislation or proposed regulation related to baton permits and certificates.