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About SB 760

SB760 was passed in 2023 and takes effect June 1 of 2024. It is an overhaul of the security industry in Maryland. Specifically, it requires that:

  • All security guards must be trained by a certified Maryland Police and Corrections Commission (MPCTC) certified instructor. 

  • All security guards must be licensed by the Maryland State Police (MSP) licensing division.

  • Each property must carry at least $500,000 security liability if they employ under 5 security guards total, if they employ over 5 security guards, they must carry a minimum of $1,000,000 of liability insurance. 

  • Unarmed bar security and current police officers are exempt from this training however, prior police officers who are no longer police officers must take the training if they haven't been certified in over 5 years, regardless they must be licensed by MSP.

  • All security guards must have handgun permits if they are carrying a handgun, regardless if they work directly for the property or not. 

About HB 1111

As of October 1, 2020, Maryland House Bill 1111 has taken effect which requires the following training:

1) Unless exempt, an applicant for an initial Commission shall complete a training course approved by the Secretary, in consultation with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, consisting of at least 80 hours of instruction, including criminal law, constitutional procedural requirements relating to search, seizure, and arrests and the appropriate use of force.

 

2) An applicant for a renewal Commission shall complete 12 hours of in-service training approved by the Secretary, in consultation with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.

 

See House Bill 1111 for exemptions to the above requirements at: House Bill 1111.

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