Private Security Section

Welcome to our Private Security Section. The Private Security Section is responsible for the processing the licensing of all applicants for security licenses in the un-incorporated areas of Jefferson County, Missouri. With the exception of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office commissioned personnel, all persons performing a security function in the un-incorporated areas of Jefferson County, Missouri must be licensed to do so through the Private Security Section. This includes police officers from other jurisdictions who are working in the un-incorporated areas of Jefferson County, Missouri.

All Security Companies employing security personnel to provide private security services within the un-incorporated areas of Jefferson County, Missouri are required to complete an application and submit the accompanying documents for review and consideration by the Private Security Section. 

Any person seeking a private security license to perform security services within the un-incorporated areas of Jefferson County, Missouri, must provide a completed application with the required accompanying documents and must have a letter from their prospective employer. 

Licensing Categories:

Corporate Security Advisor:  

A person employed to provide all the services rendered by a private security officer, as well as any other specialized corporate security services related to the protection of his employer’s and/or principal’s resources and personnel.  A licensed Corporate Security Advisor may carry a firearm and protective devices in accordance with the guidelines established in this manual.  He/she shall be authorized to exercise the same police powers granted to private security officers while on his/her employer’s/principal’s property.

Courier:  

A person employed to carry out the assignment of protecting/transporting property from one designated area to another. A courier must wear an approved military style uniform. A courier has no powers of arrest, search or detention. If qualified, a courier may carry a firearm.

Security Officer:   

A person employed with certain police powers to protect life or property on or in designated premises. A security officer’s powers exist only within the established property owned or leased by the contracting employer and to incidents occurring on the premises. If qualified, a security officer may carry a firearm and certain protective devices.

Watchman:  

A person employed without police powers and without authorization to carry weapons or protective devices. A watchman performs the tasks of observation and reporting on or in a designated area and may include patrolling a public street. A watchman has no powers of arrest, search or detention and must wear an approved uniform.

Frequently Asked Questions About Private Security:

What must I bring with me when I come to the Private Security Section to apply for a license?
You must have a color photo ID (valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card), and a dated letter from your intended employer (no more than ten days old). Payment of licensing fees can be made by cash, company or personal checks, and most credit/debit cards.

What type of background check is conducted when I apply for a license?
A complete background check is conducted using your name, date of birth and fingerprints. Information obtained from local police agencies, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI will be used to determine license eligibility. A felony conviction will automatically disqualify anyone from obtaining a license.

Must I carry a security identification card while working?
YES. The badge/identification card issued by the Private Security Section must be worn conspicuously if working in uniform or carried on the person if working in a uniform- exempt capacity. A metallic company badge may be worn but the word “police” must not be displayed anywhere on the uniform.

As a security officer, may I make an arrest?
Security officers have the power to arrest and detain in incidents occurring on company property. These powers are in effect only while on duty and on the premises, you are paid to protect.

Do all security officers wear a uniform?
NO. As determined by the employer, some security officers are licensed in a uniform-exempt capacity and are not required to wear a uniform.

 How many licenses may one person hold?
A person may hold a license for any number of employers as long as a letter from each employer requests it and the proper fees are paid. A separate license is issued for each company. When licensed and working for any given company, the appropriate license/ID card must be displayed on the uniform.

How long is a license valid?
Licensed security personnel are issued a badge/identification card which must be carried/displayed while security duties are being performed. A license is good for one year and it must be renewed annually.

May I work on an expired license?
NO. Working on an expired license or with no license subjects you to criminal proceedings in the Jefferson County Municipal Court. Companies or agencies that knowingly employ someone without a license subjects them to a fine and/or liability in a civil action.

Training Information:

The Jefferson County Professional Licensing Rules and Procedures Manual is available on this site for download.

For classroom required training, please visit the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy Continuing Law Enforcement Education training page at; https://www.jeffco.edu/jclea or contact them at 636-481-3425.  The Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy also accepts training requests submitted via fax at 636-467-2612.

 Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy Continuing Law Enforcement Education Classroom Training:

Un-armed Couriers and Watchmen: Per Jefferson County Ordinance 19-0434 and the Professional Licensing Rules and Regulations Procedures Manual, the initial Classroom Training required for all “un-armed” Couriers and Watchman is required to be a minimum of four (4) hours of classroom training.  Training hours may be extended based upon the approved training provider’s training curriculum.  All “un-armed” Couriers and Watchman are required to attend renewal training through an approved training provider every five (5) years.

Un-armed Security Officers: Per Jefferson County Ordinance 19-0434 and the Professional Licensing Rules and Regulations Procedures Manual, the initial Classroom Training required for all “un-armed” Couriers and Security Officers is required to be a minimum of four (4) hours of classroom training.  Based upon the approved training provider’s recommended training curriculum the training for all “un-armed” Security Officers is eight (8) hours of classroom training.  Training hours may be extended based upon the approved training provider’s training curriculum.  All “armed” Couriers and Security Officers are required to attend annual (yearly) refresher training through an approved training provider.

Armed Couriers and Security Officers: Per Jefferson County Ordinance 19-0434 and the Professional Licensing Rules and Regulations Procedures Manual, the initial Classroom Training required for all “armed” Couriers and Security Officers is required to be a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of classroom training.  Training hours may be extended based upon the approved training provider’s training curriculum.  All “armed” Couriers and Security Officers are required to attend annual (yearly) refresher training through an approved training provider.

Corporate Security Advisors: Per Jefferson County Ordinance 19-0434 and the Professional Licensing Rules and Regulations Procedures Manual, the initial Classroom Training required for all Corporate Security Advisors is required to be a minimum of forty (40) hours of classroom training.  Training hours may be extended based upon the approved training provider’s training curriculum.  All Corporate Security Advisors are required to complete an annual (yearly) eight (8) hour protective service refresher course.

All “Armed” Couriers, Security Officers and Corporate Security Advisors are required to attend bi-annual firearms training for the firearms they utilize and present proof of qualification upon completion to the Private Security Section at the six month point of their one-year license and again during their one-year license renewal process.

For firearms training and intermediate weapon device certification(s), please visit Top Gun Shooting Sports at https://jeffcotraining.com/ or contact them at 636-464-4867. 

Please direct Private Security Section questions to:

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Private Security Section Supervisor
Sgt. Perry Tindall
400 1st St., (P.O. Box 100)
Hillsboro, Mo. 63050
(636) 797-5546
Email: ptindall@jeffcomo.org 

Jefferson County Missouri Government Bill #: 19-0916, Ordinance #: 19-0434: Private Watchmen, Security Guards and Courier Licensing Ordinance, Title VI, Chapter 600: www.ecode360.com/JE3328/laws/LF1117149.pdf

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