[Ord. No. 1399 §§1 — 2, 1-12-2005]
The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to all persons, both residents and non-residents of Platte City, Missouri, who seek employment or status as either an armed or unarmed security officer within the City limits and companies which provide such services through company employees. This Chapter establishes an application process, training standard and firearms qualification for private security officers.
[Ord. No. 1399 §3, 1-12-2005]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
- A firearms safety instructor shall be considered a certified instructor by the City if the instructor:
- 1. Is a valid firearms safety instructor certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) holding a rating as a personal protection instructor or pistol marksmanship instructor; or
- 2. Submits to the City Police Department a photocopy of a certificate showing the instructor's satisfactory completion of a firearms safety instructor course approved by the City of Platte City Police Department.
- Any solid-frame revolver of .38 caliber or .357 frame revolver with .38 caliber ammunition or semi-automatic in .380, .40, .45, 9 mm or 10 mm.
- FIREARM QUALIFICATION
- The successful completion of a firearms qualification course with a certified instructor at an approved firing range attaining a pass rating.
- PRIVATE ARMED SECURITY OFFICER
- Any individual acting in the capacity of a guard, private Police Officer or detective/investigator who has authority by the property owner to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties and whose primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, watching, reporting on a specific property or within a designated area or escorting, guiding or assisting individuals for safety purposes.
- PRIVATE UNARMED SECURITY OFFICER
- Any individual acting in the capacity of a guard, private Police Officer or detective/investigator whose duties are those described in the definition of private armed security officer above, but where such duties are performed without the carrying of a firearm. Examples of private unarmed security officers include, but are not limited to, loss prevention officers and doormen.
[Ord. No. 1399 §4, 1-12-2005]
No person shall act as an armed or unarmed private security officer within the City, whether for a registered private security business or otherwise, unless such person is registered pursuant to this Chapter. Furthermore, no firm, company, partnership or corporation shall provide private security services within the City unless it is registered pursuant to this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 1399 §5, 1-12-2005]
The Chief of Police or his/her designee shall be responsible for the registration of any organization or person desiring to provide private security services within the City.
[Ord. No. 1399 §6, 1-12-2005]
All individual registrants shall be required to complete a registration form provided by the City Police Department. All registrants shall submit the necessary information for a background check, shall submit to fingerprinting by City Police Officers and shall provide any additional information requested by the City Police Department in the conduct of its investigation for registration.
[Ord. No. 1399 §7, 1-12-2005]
Any firm, company, partnership, corporation, sole proprietorship or other entity desiring to engage in the business of providing private security services in the City shall be required to complete a registration form provided by the City Police Department and such registration shall be in addition to any individual registration required pursuant to this Chapter. Any registration granted under this Section shall be designated a "company registration".
[Ord. No. 1399 §8, 1-12-2005]
An individual registration form shall set forth all information required consistent with the provisions of this Chapter which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
A criminal history, proof of training and firearms qualification, any record of domestic violence, a complete work history and individual identification information.
A company registration shall set forth all information required consistent with the provisions of this Chapter which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
Company identification information, a copy of organizational documents, a certificate of good standing (if applicable), the name(s) and addresses of the principal owners of said organization, any history of registration or licensing violations by the company and criminal histories for any owner or employee of the company.
[Ord. No. 1399 §9, 1-12-2005]
No person shall be registered pursuant to this Chapter unless such registrant is proficient in English. No person shall be eligible for registration who has a felony conviction, a conviction for domestic violence or any crime involving assault or who is subject to an order of protection issued by any court. No person shall be eligible for registration who is on probation as the result of a violation of any Federal, State or municipal law or code except minor traffic offenses.
[Ord. No. 1399 §10, 1-12-2005]
The fee for an individual or company registration shall be ten dollars ($10.00) per registration, which shall be payable annually and which shall have a renewal date on the anniversary date of the issuance of registration. All registrations expire one (1) year from the date of issuance.
[Ord. No. 1399 §11, 1-12-2005]
Prior to registration as an armed security officer, individuals must successfully complete an eight (8) hour firearms training course taught by a certified instructor. A copy of the firearms training course completion and successful qualification must be presented to the City Police Department at the time of submission for registration.
Subsequent to registration, any armed security officer shall complete annual training on the handling of firearms and shall successfully complete a firearms qualification under the supervision of a certified instructor.
[Ord. No. 1399 §12, 1-12-2005]
Only firearms as defined in this Chapter may be used by armed security officers in the performance of their duties.
[Ord. No. 1399 §13, 1-12-2005]
Individuals providing security services are required to file a discharge of firearms report with the City Police Department whenever they discharge a firearm within the City limits in the course of their occupation as a security officer other than discharges related to normal training.
[Ord. No. 1399 §14, 1-12-2005]
No individual or company shall be registered pursuant to this Chapter unless the applicant files with the Chief of Police a certificate of liability insurance showing proof of general liability coverage of not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) in the aggregate.
[Ord. No. 1399 §15, 1-12-2005]
Security officers working within the City shall inform the on-duty Platte City Police supervisor or senior Police Officer, in the supervisor's absence, of the location where the security duty will be performed, the hours of duty and any pertinent information that may assist the Platte City Police Department. The Police Department may require the filing of weekly/monthly schedules from security officers.
[Ord. No. 1399 §16, 1-12-2005]
Individuals and companies registered under this Section shall have no authority to act as a Law Enforcement Officer for the City of Platte City, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 1399 §17, 1-12-2005]
Security officer uniforms, if used, shall not bear a resemblance to the duty uniforms worn by City Police Officers, nor shall any uniforms, badges or vehicles using the word "Police" be used.
[Ord. No. 1399 §18, 1-12-2005]
All operators of security patrol vehicles must possess a valid operator's license issued from the State in which they reside. Security patrol vehicles must be operated in accordance with Missouri law. Use of emergency lights, except for yellow flashing lights, is prohibited.
[Ord. No. 1399 §19, 1-12-2005]
The Chief of Police or his/her designee may investigate any complaint made against a private security officer. The Chief or his/her designee shall have the authority to suspend or withdraw an individual or company registration for any individual or organization believed to have violated this Chapter or any other provision of the City Code.
[Ord. No. 1399 §20, 1-12-2005]
All appeals concerning the denial, withdrawal or suspension of a security officer registration shall be made in writing to the City Administrator within thirty (30) days of the action. The City Administrator may reverse the aforementioned action within thirty (30) days of receipt of an appeal. Failure by the City Administrator to respond to the aforementioned appeal within the thirty (30) day period shall constitute a denial of the submitted appeal.
[Ord. No. 1399 §21, 1-12-2005]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall upon conviction for each such violation be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 1399 §22, 1-12-2005]
No Missouri Peace Officer authorized to exercise Police powers in the City shall be required to register pursuant to this Chapter which shall include Federal, State, County and City Law Enforcement Officers.