California Guard Card Baton Training

The baton training course is designed to provide students with the minimum level of proficiency to carry and use a baton while on duty as private security guards. Individuals required to obtain a baton permit must be taught in the format described in Section 7585.9(a) of the Business and Professions Code. The Baton Training Manual provides that format.

In 1999, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services stopped issuing baton permits or training certificates that specify the type of baton the licensee may carry on duty or for what type of baton the instructor may conduct training, such as a side-handled or collapsible baton. BSIS now issues only a single "generic" type of permit and instructor certificate.

We offer the BSIS Baton Permit training and teach both collapsible/telescoping and side-handled baton usage in all of our Baton courses. Additionally, unlike the competition, students leave with their permits!

Our training exceeds the BSIS requirements.

In order to carry a baton while on duty, the security guard must possess both a valid security guard registration and a valid baton permit.

The permit does not authorize the security officer to carry a baton while off-duty.

Some Aspects of Baton Usage

All licensees holding a baton permit may carry any type of baton on the job regardless of the type specified on the baton permit so long as he or she is proficient in the use of the device.

While your baton permit does not expire and there is no statute requiring further training, the Bureau encourages continuous training so that you may be able to carry the baton with confidence to effectively and legally defend yourself.

Guards who use excessive or unjustifiable force may be suspended from employment after official notice from the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs to the guard and to his or her employer (Business and Professions Code Section 7583.15). That code section provides for the immediate suspension of any registrant or licensee who is considered a hazard to public safety. Suspension is followed by action to seek revocation of the security guard's registration.

A security guard who is armed with a baton must remember that they are subject to all laws – California and federal – and particularly those laws included in the Penal Code, the Civil Code and the Business and Professions Code. A security guard, that uses a baton in violation of the law, may charged as a defendant in a criminal complaint or indictment filed in court.

The baton is to be used to protect yourself against attack and not to injure someone permanently. It must be used selectively with skill and restraint to counter aggression. It must never be used offensively to threaten, intimidate, or otherwise harass an individual who does not pose a physical threat of bodily injury.


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