Relaxing Rules on Out-of-State Florida State-of-Emergency Security Personnel Proposed
Date Published: 06-14-2013
A proposed Rule to relax State of Florida restrictions on security personnel from outside the state who provide emergency security services after a formal declaration of a state of emergency by Florida's Governor or a federal agency is scheduled to be considered during a June 27, 2013 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services workshop.
The proposed Rule, 5N-1.120, entitled "Filing of Application; License Issuance and Temporary Authority of Out of State Licensees," would allow security personnel duly licensed in their home state to enter Florida to provide emergency security services without having to be licensed in Florida, and without having to be employed by a security agency already doing business in Florida.
Currently, the Rule allows only those security agencies already licensed in the State of Florida under the authority of Chapter 493, F.S. to bring in security personnel from outside the state to provide emergency security services after a formal state of emergency declaration.
Under the provisions of the proposed Rule, security personnel coming into Florida during such conditions would be required to meet three requirements:
(1) They would have to be licensed as security personnel in their home state
(2) They would have to have received formal training as security officers
(3) They would have to have been subjected to a background check as part of the determination of eligibility for licensure
The proposed Rule revision also establishes limits the kinds of firearms and ammunition that such out-of-state security personnel would be allowed to carry.
It also stipulates that currently certified and active law enforcement officers licensed from other states would also be able to enter Florida to provide security services during a state of emergency.
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