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Power to Arrest and Appropriate Use of Force

The Power to Arrest course in California is a mandatory training program designed to educate security guards, peace officers, and ... Show more
Course details
Duration 8 Hours
Lectures 5
Video 4 Hours
Quizzes 3
Level Beginner

Office Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4.00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4.00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4.00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4.00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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    The Power to Arrest course in California is a comprehensive training program aimed at individuals seeking to obtain or renew their security guard license or peace officer certification. This course is essential for those who will be entrusted with the authority to make arrests in the state of California. Here’s an extensive description of the topics typically covered in the Power to Arrest course:

    Legal Framework: Understanding the legal basis and limitations of arrest powers under California law. This includes knowledge of relevant statutes, case law, and constitutional rights related to arrest procedures.

    Use of Force: Comprehensive training on the appropriate and lawful use of force during an arrest. This involves understanding the continuum of force, de-escalation techniques, and guidelines for applying force proportionally to the situation.

    Communication Skills: Developing effective communication strategies to manage confrontational situations and diffuse potential conflicts. Emphasis is placed on verbal and non-verbal communication techniques that promote cooperation and compliance.

    Conflict Resolution: Learning conflict resolution strategies to handle disputes and volatile situations peacefully. This includes techniques for assessing threats, managing emotions, and resolving conflicts through negotiation and mediation.

    Risk Assessment: Identifying potential risks and threats in various environments and scenarios. Training participants to recognize warning signs, assess potential dangers, and take appropriate preventive measures to ensure personal and public safety.

    Ethical and Professional Conduct: Emphasizing the importance of ethical behavior, integrity, and professionalism in carrying out arrest duties. Training participants to uphold legal and ethical standards, respect individual rights, and maintain public trust and confidence.

    Practical Scenarios: Engaging in practical exercises and simulations to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. Participants have the opportunity to practice arrest techniques, decision-making skills, and crisis management strategies under simulated conditions.

    Legal Documentation and Reporting: Understanding the requirements for documenting and reporting arrests accurately and thoroughly. This includes maintaining proper records, completing arrest reports, and complying with legal procedures and protocols.

    Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity: Promoting awareness and understanding of cultural differences, biases, and sensitivities in the context of arrest and law enforcement. Training participants to interact respectfully and effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities.

    Role of Security Guards and Peace Officers: Clarifying the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of security guards and peace officers in the context of arrest and law enforcement. Emphasizing the importance of collaboration with law enforcement agencies and adherence to jurisdictional regulations and protocols.

    What are the requiments for registering as a security guard?
    1. You must be at least 18 years old

    2. You must undergo a criminal background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    3. You must complete a 40-hour course of required training.
    Do I have to take a drug test?
    No. BSIS does not require a drug test to apply for a guard card.
    How long does my guard card last?
    Registration is valid for two years and expires the day after the expiration date on your card. There’s a 60-day grace period during which you can pay a delinquent fee to reinstate your registration. After 60 days, if you haven’t renewed, you must reapply as a new applicant.


    1. Complete Mandatory Training

    BSIS requires you to take 8 hours of training before you can apply for a California Guard Card. Complete the training course: Power to Arrest Appropriate Use of Force. Complete the course on this Website. Write down the serial number listed on the certificate of completion.

    2. Submit Your Application

    The application can be submitted by mail or online. You can apply online at this Link. And these are the Fees. The online application method has the fastest turnaround. Watch the Video Application Process BSIS Guard Card. If you have any issues or problems with the application, you can call the Breeze website support at: (916) 322-4000 or the BSIS directly at (800) 952-5210.

    3. Get Live Scanned

    After submitting your application, you must download the Live Scan. Fill it out and take it to your nearest Live Scan Operator facility. Locate a local Live Scan Operator. There you will find the fees and you can make your appointment.

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