Licensed Private Security Police Officers ActBy definition, private security police are security guards who are employed by a business organization for the purpose of protecting the premises of that specific employer. Security guard agencies, employing security personnel who provide protection to other business entities, and licensed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), are not eligible for the security police license or the arrest authority granted in PA 330, Section 30.
Public Act 330 was first enacted in 1968 over concerns about the regulation and training of security guards. Amendatory Act 473 of 2002, effective October 1, 2002, separated the private security guard agencies, alarm systems, and private investigators from the State Police and placed them under the umbrella of LARA. The private security police licensing and regulation remained with the Michigan State Police and was assigned to the MCOLES division for administration.
Licensed private security police officers are empowered to hire employees that have misdemeanor arrest authority. The law requires these employees to be trained as required by the department. Currently, security police officers are required to be trained in the following areas:
Currently, there are 13 licensed private security police agencies in Michigan:
The administration of railroad police officer commissions has also been assumed by MCOLES. The Commission's contact person for these entities is John Steele (517) 322-3966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.