To carry a baton on duty, you must be a registered security guard and complete an eight-hour training course from a certified instructor.

If you have questions about registration as a security guard, call (800) 952-5210. If you have questions about your current guard card, call (916) 322-4000.



Business & Professions Code Section 7585.9 (Excerpt)



(a) The course of training in the carrying and usage of the baton, the satisfactory completion of which shall be required of applicants who wish to obtain a baton permit, shall be in the format prescribed by the Department of Consumer Affairs as delineated in the bureau's "Baton Training Manual." The course of training contained in the manual shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects:

(1) Moral and legal aspects of baton usage.

(2) Use of force.

(3) Baton familiarization and uses.

(4) First aid for baton injuries.

(5) Fundamentals of baton handling.

(A) Stances and grips.

(B) Target areas.

(C) Defensive techniques.

(D) Control techniques.

(E) Arrest and control techniques.

(6) Examination of the subject matter as taught in the classroom and as provided by the bureau. . . .

Business & Professions Code Section 7585.14



(a) A baton training facility shall issue a bureau-developed baton permit to any person who successfully completes a baton training course as described in Section 7585.9 and possesses a valid security guard registration card issued pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 7583) or who has made application for that registration card. The permit is valid only when the holder possesses a valid guard registration card. . . .

Business & Professions Code Section 7583.34


A licensee shall not permit any employee to carry a baton prior to ascertaining that the employee is proficient in the use of the weapon. Evidence of proficiency shall include a certificate from a baton training facility approved by the bureau which certifies that the employee is proficient in the use of the baton.



Section 12002. [Exemptions: Law Enforcement Officers; Uniformed Security Guards.]


(a) Nothing in this chapter prohibits police officers, special police officers, peace officers, or law enforcement officers from carrying any wooden club, baton, or any equipment authorized for the enforcement of law or ordinance in any city or county.
(b) Nothing in this chapter prohibits a uniformed security guard, regularly employed and compensated by a person engaged in any lawful business, while actually employed and engaged in protecting and preserving property or life within the scope of his or her employment, from carrying any wooden club or baton if the uniformed security guard has satisfactorily completed a course of instruction certified by the Department of Consumer Affairs in the carrying and use of the club or baton. The training institution certified by the Department of Consumer Affairs to present this course, whether public or private, is authorized to charge a fee covering the cost of the training.


(d) Any uniformed security guard who successfully completes a course of instruction under this section is entitled to receive a permit to carry and use a club or baton within the scope of his or her employment, issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs. . . .

[NOTE: BSIS is authorized to issue only generic baton permits. Therefore, if a security guard has a baton permit, the guard is authorized to carry any type of baton on duty. BSIS strongly recommends that the security guard have specific training in the type of baton carried.]


"Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in exercising licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions. Whenever the protection of the public is consistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount."

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