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SORA – Security Officer  Registration Act


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13:55A-3.1 Security officers; minimum qualifications 
A person seeking to be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer shall be at least 18 years of age.

 
13:55A-3.2 Application for a certificate of registration as a security officer 
(a) Any person seeking to be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer shall submit an application for registration as a security officer on a form provided by and in a manner prescribed by the Superintendent. The application shall include the applicant's full name, date and place of birth, Social Security number, residence and telephone number and such other information as the Superintendent shall determine. 
(b) An applicant for registration as a security officer shall submit a non-refundable application fee of $ 50.00 and a nonrefundable registry surcharge fee of $ 25.00 along with a completed application to the Superintendent.
 (c) Any person seeking to be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer shall submit fingerprints and a written consent for a criminal history background check to the Superintendent or in a manner prescribed by the Superintendent. Applicants for registration as a security officer shall bear the cost for the criminal history background check, including all costs of administering and processing the check, as required by N.J.A.C. 13:59. 
(d) Any duly sworn law enforcement officer seeking to be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer, who will be receiving compensation for his/her services directly from a licensed security officer company, shall submit an application for registration as a security officer and submit the required fees in accordance with (a) and (b) above. A duly sworn law enforcement officer seeking to be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer shall be exempt from the requirements of (c) above. 7 
(e) Any duly sworn law enforcement officer who performs the functions and activities of a security officer pursuant to an agreement between a law enforcement agency and a private contractor, and receives compensation from the law enforcement agency, shall be deemed to be employed within the scope of his employment with the law enforcement agency and shall be exempt from the requirements of (a) through (c) above. 
(f) Any applicant who shall knowingly make a false statement in, or knowingly omit any material information from, an application as required by these rules, shall be denied a certificate and shall be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties as specified by the Security Officer Registration Act. 13:55A-3.3 


Issuance of a temporary certificate of registration as a security officer 
(a) The Superintendent, after examination of an application and such further inquiry and investigation as the Superintendent shall deem proper as to the good character, competency, and integrity of an applicant, shall advise the applicant in writing whether their application for a security officer certification has been approved or denied. 
(b) The Superintendent shall issue a temporary certificate of registration as a security officer to an applicant who has complied with N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2(a) and (b), and who, unless exempted under N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2(d), has provided proof of being fingerprinted or proof of being scheduled for fingerprinting as required by N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2(c). 
(c) A temporary certificate of registration as a security officer shall be valid for 30 days, during which time an applicant must complete an approved security officer training course as required by N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.4. 


13:55A-3.4 Completion of an approved security officer training course required 
(a) Except as provided in (b) below, any person who is employed as, or is performing the functions and activities of, a security officer shall complete a security officer training course, approved by the Superintendent, within 30 days of employment or prior to the expiration of the temporary certificate of registration issued pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.3. 
(b) Any duly sworn law enforcement officer who is employed as, or is performing the functions and activities of, a security officer pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2(d) and who has completed police training at a recognized municipal, county, or state police academy, shall be exempt from the requirements of (a) above. 
(c) Any person who is employed as, or is performing the functions and activities of, a security officer may request an extension of time, in writing, from the Superintendent if they have not completed a security officer training course within 30 days of employment or prior to the expiration of the temporary certificate of registration. Requests for extension will be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis depending upon the circumstances which prevent a person from completing the required security officer training course in a timely manner. 
(d) Any person who has not completed a security officer training course within 30 days of employment or prior to the expiration of the temporary certificate of registration, and who has failed to request an extension of time as required by (c) above, shall 8 immediately cease performing the functions and activities of, a security officer. Such persons must resubmit an application and application fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2, prior to resuming the functions and activities of, a security officer. 


13:55A-3.5 Issuance of a certificate of registration and a security officer identification card 
(a) Upon completion of the required security officer training course, applicants having met the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2(a) through (c) shall be issued a certificate of registration which shall be valid for a period of two years and shall thereafter be renewable every two years. (b) Upon completion of the required security officer training course, applicants having met the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.2(a) through (c) shall be issued a security officer identification card which shall be valid only so long as the person retains a valid certificate of registration as a security officer. (c) A security officer shall be responsible for safekeeping of the security officer identification card and shall not lend, let, or allow, any other person to use, possess, exhibit, or display the card. (d) No person shall use, possess, exhibit, or display any license, card, shield, or badge, of any design or material purporting to authorize the holder or wearer to act as a security officer, unless that person holds a valid certificate of registration as a security officer issued by the Superintendent. (e) No person shall duplicate or reproduce a security officer identification card in any manner without the written approval of the Superintendent. (f) If it is established that a security officer identification card has been lost or destroyed, the Superintendent shall, upon payment of a non-refundable $ 20.00 duplication fee, cause to be issued a duplicate identification card. (g) A security officer whose certificate of registration has been revoked, suspend, or not renewed, shall immediately surrender the identification card to the Superintendent. Any person who fails to surrender an identification card and/or misuses an identification card, as described in (c) through (e) above or as described in the Security Officer Registration Act, shall be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties as specified in N.J.S.A. 45:19A-1 et seq. 


13:55A-3.6 Renewal of security officer certificate of registration 
(a) A person holding a valid security officer certificate of registration who wishes to renew, shall submit an application for renewal on a form provided by and in a manner prescribed by the Superintendent, and proof of having completed a biennial security officer refresher training course, as required by N.J.A.C. 13:55A-4.2, prior to the expiration of the current certification. (b) An applicant for renewal shall submit to the Superintendent a non-refundable renewal fee of $ 40.00 and a nonrefundable registry surcharge fee of $ 20.00 along with the completed application. 


13:55A-3.7 Denial, revocation, suspension of, or refusal to renew, a security officer certification of registration 
9 (a) The Superintendent may deny any initial application for a security officer certificate of registration, revoke or suspend any current certificate of registration, or refuse to renew any certificate of registration, for any of the following reasons: 1. The person holding a certificate, applying for certification, or applying for renewal of certification, has been convicted of any act or acts which would be a first, second, third, or fourth degree crime under Title 2C, New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice; 2. The person holding a certificate, applying for certification, or applying for renewal of certification, has been convicted of any offense involving the unlawful use, possession, or sale, of a controlled dangerous substance as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2; 3. The person holding a certificate, applying for certification, or applying for renewal of certification, has been convicted of any offense where certification would be contrary to the public interest, as determined by the Superintendent; 4. The person holding a certificate, applying for a certification, or applying for renewal of certification, is alleged to have violated one of the provisions of N.J.S.A. 45:19A-1 et seq., the Security Officer Registration Act; 5. The person holding a certificate, applying for a certification, or applying for renewal of certification, has failed to comply with any of the rules in this chapter; 6. The person holding a certificate, applying for a certification, or applying for renewal of certification, has knowingly made a false material statement or omitted information in an application or any other form required by the Superintendent under these rules; 7. The person holding a certificate, applying for a certification, or applying for renewal of certification, has demonstrated bad moral character, incompetence, or untrustworthiness; or 8. The Superintendent determines that good cause exists to deny, revoke, suspend, or refuse, renewal of a certificate of registration in the interest of public safety. 


13:55A-4.1 Security officer training course 
(a) Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 13:55A-3.4
(b), a person seeking to be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer must complete an approved 24-hour course of classroom instruction taught by a certified security officer instructor. 
(b) The course of instruction shall include, but not be limited to, a minimum of two hours of instruction in each of the following general subject areas: 
1. Homeland security and counter-terrorism; 
2. Communications/emergency response; 10 
3. Theft prevention; 
4. Limits on the use of force; 
5. Detention of suspects; 
6. Ethics and professional conduct; 
7. First aid/CPR/AED; and 
8. Any other subject areas the Superintendent determines are necessary in the interest of public safety. 


13:55A-4.2 Security officer refresher training course 
(a) Except for law enforcement officers exempt from initial training under N.J.A.C. 13:55A3.4(b), all registered security officers shall complete an approved eight-hour refresher course of classroom instruction taught by a certified security officer instructor prior to having the certification renewed pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:55A-3.6. 
(b) The course of instruction shall include, but not be limited to, additional instruction in each of the general subject areas listed in N.J.A.C. 13:55A-4.1(b).


SORA information
https://www.njsp.org/private-detective/pdf/sora/060106_sora.pdf 
SORA Rules and Regulations
https://www.njsp.org/private-detective/pdf/sora/060106_sora_rulesregs.pdf 
NJ State Police SORA page
https://www.njsp.org/private-detective/sora-help.shtml