NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) — A bill that would strengthen training and licensing requirements for certain Tennessee private security guards has passed the state Senate.
The legislation, known as the Dallas Law, was approved 28-1 by the Senate on Wednesday.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, comes after Dallas Barrett, 22, was killed in a downtown Nashville bar last August while being restrained by six police officers. security, some unlicensed and some untrained.
“I think when people walk into a facility they actually expect there to be safety and security, and if we’re going to keep residents and visitors safe and meet their expectations that they come in in a safe environment, we have to make sure people at the door know how to handle themselves and how to handle what is a really big responsibility,” Yarbro said.
“I think it’s a good idea. It’s unfortunate that someone had to die for this to happen,” said JC Shegog, a master firearms and tactics instructor. it’s a great idea and it takes the security industry to a more professional level instead of just getting started in the field.”
Below Senate Bill 2514, all unarmed security guards would be required to complete new training requirements. The training would include de-escalation and safe restraint techniques, as well as first aid and CPR training.
“What we’re saying here, going forward, are the clear rules that bars and restaurants have to follow if they’re going to have security personnel,” Yarbro said.
Before it was something that was tackled, but now it’s more of a hands-on,” Shegog said. “Now they’re going to have to grasp it, and with that understanding you’ll go into more detail.”
Shegog, who has been in business for 20 years, including private security and security guard training, said de-escalation training would include teaching the unarmed security guard to treat a customer like a nobody.
“Giving them the opportunity to self-correct, and then from there, basically the escort technique instead of throwing them out,” Shegog said. “Let me talk to you here. Can we talk about it? I understand you’re having a bad day, but you can’t do that there.
As for safe restraint techniques, Shegog said it was all about teaching the dosage to those unarmed security guards.
“I teach the philosophy of medicine and poison. The only difference is the dosage,” Shegog said. “Being able to familiarize themselves with doses will make them better agents and less of a liability to the general public.”
“These institutions hiring their own security have kind of fallen through a little loophole in the law,” Yarbro said. “We’re not actually eliminating them from existence, but we’re requiring them to meet the same licensing and training standards that any unarmed security guard would meet.”
The bill also requires businesses that have liquor board licenses and hire security guards to take additional measures.
1) Documentation of liability insurance coverage in the amount required by current law for all licensees and employers of private security guards/guards, which is a minimum of $300,000 for bodily injury and $100,000 for property damage;
(a) A set of classifiable electronic fingerprints of the qualified handler; and
(b) A $100 registration fee.
This amendment also requires that a proprietary safety organization that holds a license or permit from the liquor commission or beer board:
(a) Submit a $100 biennial fee to the Commissioner to maintain the organization’s status as a proprietary security organization; and
(b) Provide the Commissioner with the full name, business and residential addresses, and a set of classifiable electronic fingerprints of the new qualifying manager within 15 days of a change of qualifying manager.
“They’re going to have to register and make sure their employees are licensed and if they’re going to use them in that way and make sure they’re trained and licensed,” Yarbro said. “It would be a burden, but it’s not too much to ask.”
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, which is the agency that security guards and businesses need to obtain licenses, sent this statement to News4”
“As we would with any proposed legislation, the Department provided information and answered questions from SB2514 sponsors to help us fulfill our mission to provide responsible regulation and protect Tennessee consumers. We will continue to strive to carry out our mission.
the accompanying invoice House SB2514, sponsored by Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville, was on the agenda of the House Subcommittee on Finance, Ways and Means, but has been postponed until next week’s meeting.
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