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DCJS Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I Have to Have a DCJS Registration Before I Can Work As an Unarmed Security Officer?

No. An unarmed security officer can work for 90 consecutive days while completing the compulsory minimum training requirements, provided your fingerprints were submitted on or before their date of hire and your employer provides you with a 90 day authorization document.  This document along with a photo ID must be carried on duty while performing regulated services until a temporary or permanent registration is issued.

What are the In-Service Training Requirements for an UNARMED Security Officer?

4-hours -- 01I security officer core subjects in-service (4 hours)

Do I have to Have a DCJS Registration Before I can Work As an ARMED Security Officer?

Yes. You must have a current registration in order to work in this registered category. 

What are the In Service Training Requirements for an ARMED Security Officer?

8-hours -- 01I security officer core subjects in-service (4 hours) + 07R handgun retraining (4 hours) 

What are the Entry Level Training Requirements for an ARMED Security Officer?

50 hours total-- 01E security officer core subjects (18 hours) + 05E armed security officer arrest authority (8 hours) + 75E security officer handgun training (24 hours) 

Do Registered Armed Security Officers Have Arrest Powers?

Yes, Title 9.1-146 of the Code of Virginia limits the power of arrest for an offense occurring in his presence on such premises or in the presence of a merchant, agent, or employee of the merchant the private security business has contracted to protect, if the merchant, agent, or employee had probable cause to believe that the person arrested had shoplifted or committed willful concealment of goods. 

Questions? Contact Us!

3985 Prince William Parkway

Suite 203

Woodbridge, VA 22192

DCJS 88-10678

866-906-2334

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