carry a baton on duty, you must be a registered security guard
and complete an eight-hour training course from a certified
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.
& Professions Code Section 7585.9 (Excerpt)
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:
Moral and legal aspects of baton usage.
Use of force.
Baton familiarization and uses.
First aid for baton injuries.
Fundamentals of baton handling.
Stances and grips.
Arrest and control techniques.
(6) Examination of the subject matter as taught in
the classroom and as provided by the bureau. . . .
& Professions Code Section 7585.14
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.
. . .
& Professions Code Section 7583.34
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.
PENAL CODE SECTIONS
Section 12002. [Exemptions: Law Enforcement Officers;
Uniformed Security Guards.]
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.
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. . . .
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
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."