Almost every state requires some sort of training before they will license you as a security guard. Usually the training is relatively light, and sometimes amounts to no more than a single day of classroom time.
Currently, Michigan is not one of those states. Armed guards are required to seek firearms training, but no other training requirements must be met.
All this could change, however, after two security guards accidentally killed a suspected shoplifter at a Detroit metro area mall.
The untrained guards pepper sprayed their suspect, handcuffed him, and sat on him.
While it’s easy to argue that anyone with common sense would have acted differently the truth is that security guard work exposes you to high stress situations every single day. Training is a good idea simply because it helps you keep a cool head, and prevents you from growing overzealous when the adrenaline starts flowing.
We will continue to monitor this story, and we will tell you if training will be required for Michigan security guards in the future. In the meantime, we suggest that our readers in Michigan seek training anyway.
You see, training makes you a better security guard. Employers know this, so it makes you a more attractive job candidate, too. Training is also the key to making more money as a security guard.
Avoiding the excessive use of force helps preserve your job once you have it, as well. It will prevent your employer from cutting you lose to preserve his own reputation and to reduce his own legal liability. And it will reduce your chances of winding up in court because someone died while you were trying to protect your employer’s customers, employees, and property.