Jefferson County, MO
 
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[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CORPORATE SECURITY ADVISOR
A person employed to provide all the services rendered by a security officer, as well as other specialized corporate security services related to the protection of his employer's and/or principal's resources and personnel. A licensed corporate security advisor may carry a firearm and protective devices in accordance with the guidelines established in this County Chapter. He/she shall be authorized to exercise the same police powers granted to security officers while on his/her employer's/principal's property.
COURIER
(including an armed courier.) Uniformed person employed to carry out the task of protecting and transporting of money and other valuables from one (1) designated area to another. This licensee has the authority to conduct private security services on the public streets of the County, but this authority is limited to protecting property from activities which would impact the property protected. A courier may carry an exposed firearm or protective device under certain circumstances.
DESIGNATED AGENCY
Any agency or County department designated by the Jefferson County Missouri Sheriff to issue licenses as prescribed by this Chapter or perform other duties under this Chapter.
DESIGNATED AREA
The established property within the boundaries owned, leased or rented by the employer of such security officer or watchman.
LICENSEE
Any watchman, security officer or courier who holds a license issued by the County of Jefferson, State of Missouri.
LOSS PREVENTION AGENT
One (1) who is unarmed, non-uniformed, and is responsible to observe, investigate, apprehend, and prosecute shoplifters, fraud checks, internal thefts, and the like. This individual is employed to prevent theft by unobtrusive, alert skills.
PATROL SECURITY OFFICER
Armed or unarmed, uniformed position delegated all the responsibility of a security officer with the authority to react to illegal action by apprehension or detention. Persons, such as bank guards and hospital security, are normally assigned to a particular designated post to protect persons and property. This individual may also be responsible for proactive, aggressive policing of the property they are hired to protect. These responsibilities include foot patrol, response to alarms, self-initiated activity such as car and pedestrian checks on designated private property, investigations, apprehension or detention of suspects, and assisting in prosecution. A patrol security officer must be in uniform, unless otherwise approved by the Sheriff of Jefferson County, and may or may not carry an exposed firearm, electronic control weapon, or protective device.
PRINCIPAL(S)
The individual or individuals whom a corporate security advisor is assigned to protect.
SECURITY OFFICER
A person employed with certain powers to protect life and property on/in a designated area and who must be in uniform, unless otherwise approved by the Sheriff of Jefferson County, and may or may not carry an exposed firearm, electronic control weapon, or protective device.
WATCHMAN
A person employed without any firearm, weapon or protective device to perform the tasks of observation, protection and reporting on/in a designated area.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
The County shall have the power to license all corporate security advisors, watchmen, patrol security officers, security officers and couriers serving or acting in designated areas within the County and to regulate all watchmen, security officers and couriers serving or acting in designated areas within:
1. 
The unincorporated County; and
2. 
The incorporated areas of the County with the consent of the Governing Body of the affected city, town or village; and no person shall act as such without first having obtained such license as required by this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
The Sheriff of Jefferson County and deputies thereof shall enforce the provisions of this Chapter and shall have authority to issue citations and summons and make arrests for any violation of this Chapter. The form of the summons may be by uniform citation as set out in Rule 37 of the Missouri Rules of Court or by summons form as indicated in the order creating the County Municipal Court.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
No person shall engage in the activities of a watchman, security officer or courier without having first obtained a license to do so as provided by this Chapter, provided, however:
1. 
A person may obtain a sixty-day temporary permit to perform such services pending issuance of the license provided by this Chapter; or
2. 
A person who has been trained by and is licensed or registered by another public law enforcement agency and has applied for a license hereunder may engage in the activity of a watchman, security officer or courier for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days following filing of the application, pending issuance of the license pursuant to this Chapter. No applicant will receive more than one (1) temporary license extension.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
Any person desiring to act as a corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier in the County shall make written application to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Sheriff or to another agency or department, which has been designated by the Sheriff of Jefferson County, State of Missouri, for licensing as a corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier upon a form or forms prescribed by the Sheriff of Jefferson County. Such application shall describe the premises or the locality upon or within which the applicant is to serve as a watchman, security officer or courier; and shall be accompanied by a written statement of a responsible business enterprise, citizen or group of citizens indicating its or their intention to employ the applicant as a corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier. The applicant's fingerprints will be taken by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or the designated agency at the time of submission of the application or the applicant's fingerprints may be provided by the employing agency or another law enforcement agency by which the applicant is licensed or registered as a watchman or security officer.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
Before being licensed under these rules, individual and company applicants shall file with the application a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00), naming Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department as an additional insured and certificate holder and protecting the board from liability judgments, suits, and claims, including, but not limited to, suits for bodily injury, personal injury, including false arrest, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, and property damage arising out of the licensing of individuals and entities providing private security services or proprietary private investigative services. The insurance must be written by a company approved by the Missouri superintendent of insurance and approved by the board with respect to its form, manner of execution and sufficiency, provided further, however, before a license is issued to a non-resident of Missouri, the applicant must file with the Missouri Secretary of State a written consent for jurisdiction of the courts of Missouri, and any case(s) arising from any contract for performance of private security services or proprietary private investigative services made within the city are to be performed wholly or in part, in the city or in any way connected with the business within the city or occurring in connection with the business of the one (1) licensed within the city. Any company licensed must provide the insurance specified and cover all employees, provided, however, that in the event a suit is filed, or claim is made involving Jefferson County and/or the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the company shall immediately notify the board at which time the licensee may be required to furnish additional insurance. Failure of a licensee to maintain insurance is grounds for revocation. In the absence of adequate insurance, all licenses granted to employees or agents of that company are automatically suspended. Each certificate of insurance must stipulate coverage for armed/unarmed personnel as appropriate.
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All applications for a license as a corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier shall be referred to the Sheriff of Jefferson County, who shall investigate the moral character and fitness of the applicant or applicants, their experience in such business, the character of the services they expect to perform and the manner in which such business is to be carried on, and who shall obtain such other information concerning the applicant as he may deem necessary in order to determine the applicant's fitness and qualifications for the conduct of such activity.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
All applicants who apply for a corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier license must successfully complete a prescribed course of training approved by the Sheriff of Jefferson County prior to the issuance of said license. This training shall be at least a minimum of a four-hour training session within six (6) weeks prior to date of a request or renewal.
1. 
Firearms Training. All corporate security advisors, patrol security officers, security officers or couriers who seek a license to carry firearms must successfully complete a biannual firearms qualification course prior to license issuance each year. The Sheriff of Jefferson County shall not approve firearms training requirements which do not include the following:
a. 
Completion of a prescribed firearms qualification course conducted by a State-certified police academy or through an approved training provider as approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee;
b. 
Each armed licensee will complete eight (8) hours of firearms qualifications for revolvers and sixteen (16) hours for semi-automatic pistols each year. Sixteen (16) hours of additional training is required for a rifle and/or shotgun training if the applicant wishes to carry one (1) or both of those weapons. The applicant will be required to complete both a rifle and a shotgun training class if they wish to carry both weapons and pay the fees associated with those training classes;
c. 
The qualifying score will be established by the State-certified police academy, or through an approved training provider as approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee; which must be completed within six (6) weeks from submission of the application or request for renewal;
2. 
Other Weapons and Protective Device Training. Any corporate security advisors, patrol security officers, security officers or couriers seeking to carry a protective device must also complete a certified session conducted by a State-certified police academy, or through an approved training provider as approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee; on carrying that protective device, limited to CS mace, OC (pepper spray) or impact weapons, including straight baton, asp baton, or expandable baton. All corporate security advisors, patrol security officers, security officers or couriers who are licensed to carry electronic control weapons must also successfully complete annual training and qualification at a State-certified police academy or through an approved training provider as approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee; prior to license renewal each year.
3. 
A person seeking only a watchman license, or an unarmed courier license is only required to attend a training session, which shall be at least a minimum of a four-hour training session, within six (6) weeks prior to date of a request. A person seeking only a watchmen or unarmed courier renewal license must attend renewal training through an approved training provider every five (5) years and within six (6) weeks prior to the date of a renewal request.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
If the Sheriff of Jefferson County or designated agency shall approve the application prescribed, the license shall be issued upon receipt of a bond or certificate of insurance complying with the provisions of Section 600.050 and the payment of the following license fee: sixty dollars ($60.00) plus the cost of training by the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Training Academy or through an approved training provider as approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee. For renewal of a license after the first year, the annual fee shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) plus the cost of license renewal training and firearms training for an armed security officer or courier and fifty dollars ($50.00) plus the cost of license renewal training for all others. Each applicant will also be responsible for the cost of the State and Federal criminal records check and fingerprinting.
B. 
All fees paid shall be made payable to Jefferson County. The Treasurer of Jefferson County shall establish a security fund for deposit of these funds and from such funds reimburse the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department for the costs as stated herein for the implementation of this program to include background checks and administration.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
In order to administer its responsibilities in the area of regulation and licensing of private security and proprietary private investigative personnel, Jefferson County, Missouri, shall establish a schedule of licensing fees and list of approved forms.
The fees for licensing, renewing, transferring, etc., are as follows:
1. 
Original Security License: Corporate Security Advisor, Courier, Security Officer, Watchman.
Training:
(Paid to approved training provider, fee(s) determined by approved training provider)
Fingerprinting:
$44.00
License:
$60.00
Total:
$104.00
2. 
Renewal Security License: Corporate Security Advisor, Courier, Security Officer, Watchman.
Training:
(Paid to approved training provider, fee(s) determined by approved training provider)
Fingerprinting:
$44.00
License:
$50.00
Total:
$94.00
a. 
Unarmed couriers and watchmen: required to attend renewal training through an approved training provider every five (5) years.
b. 
Armed couriers and security officers: required to attend annual (yearly) refresher training through an approved training provider.
c. 
Corporate security advisors: required to complete an annual (yearly) eight-hour protective service refresher course.
3. 
Additional fees.
a. 
Replacement of lost/stolen license: fifteen dollars ($15.00).
b. 
License upgrade/change of license classification: sixty dollars ($60.00).
c. 
Additional or transfer of license: twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
d. 
Late license renewal fee: twenty dollars ($20.00).
e. 
Late semiannual firearms qualification fee: twenty dollars ($20.00).
f. 
Reinstatement fee (following suspension/revocation): sixty-nine dollars ($69.00).
g. 
Copy fee: one dollar ($1.00) per page.
h. 
Classroom training/continuing education fee (every year): Fee determined by approved training provider.
i. 
Rescheduling fee (test failure, fail to qualify or attend range): fee determined by approved training provider.
j. 
Biannual range fee (handgun training and qualification/continuing education): fee determined by approved training provider.
k. 
Biannual range fee (rifle training and qualification continuing education): fee determined by approved training provider.
l. 
Biannual range fee (shotgun training and qualification/continuing education): fee determined by approved training provider.
m. 
Baton and/or pepper spray certification (training and qualification/continuing education): fee determined by approved training provider.
n. 
Taser C.E.W. certification (training and qualification/continuing education): fee determined by approved training provider.
o. 
Couriers, security officers and corporate security advisors are required to attend biannual firearms training for the firearms they utilize and present proof of qualification during their license renewal process.
B. 
A violation of any provision of this Jefferson County, Missouri, Ordinance set forth in Chapter 600 is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or by imprisonment in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Jail facility for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by both fine and imprisonment. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day a violation occurs or continues.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
Each such person licensed as a corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier shall receive an identification card which shall prominently indicate the position that the person is licensed for and provide proof of identity, authority and possession of a valid license. The licensee will carry said card at all times while on duty. The loss of this card will be reported immediately to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or the designated agency, and a duplicate card will be issued for a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00). The uniform worn by licensees on duty shall be unlike the official uniform of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or other law enforcement agency within Jefferson County. The licensee's uniform shall be complete with a cap and wearing a breast-type badge clearly visible at all times while the licensee is on duty, unless specific written permission for some other type of attire or dress is granted by the Sheriff of Jefferson County. Each person must exhibit a name bar one-eighth (1/8) inch above the right pocket of the uniform shirt depicting the name as it appears on the identification card. Each person licensed under the provision hereof shall at all times maintain on file with the Sheriff of Jefferson County or the designated agency a photograph accurately depicting the uniform, emblems and badges worn. If such person is employed by a person, firm or corporation which employs more than one (1) corporate security advisor, watchman, patrol security officer, security officer or courier who wear identical uniforms, emblems and badges, it shall be sufficient under this Section for such person, firm or corporation to maintain on file one (1) photograph accurately depicting each separate type of uniform, emblem or badge worn by its employees during the performance of their duties.
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A. 
The licensee must perform his function in a designated area.
B. 
The licensee must carry the licensee identification card whenever on duty and display same upon request.
C. 
The licensee must wear and exhibit any issued badge or emblem on the outermost uniform garment to include a visible name plate one-eighth (1/8) inch above the right shirt pocket.
D. 
The licensee is not authorized to possess or imply possession of any firearm, weapon or other implement of attack.
E. 
The licensee may not be a convicted felon.
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A. 
The licensee must be in uniform at all times when on duty if carrying an exposed firearm.
B. 
The licensee must perform his or her functions in a designated area.
C. 
The licensee must wear and exhibit on the outermost garment the issued badge or emblem when in uniform to include a visible name plate one-eighth (1/8) inch above the right shirt pocket.
D. 
The licensee must carry the license identification card whenever on duty and display same when requested to do so.
E. 
The licensee is authorized to carry a protective device, electronic control weapon, and/or an exposed firearm when he or she is qualified to do so and his or her license so states.
F. 
The licensee may not be a convicted felon.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
All licensees must have verification of a firearms training certificate before reporting to the Security Licensing Division.
B. 
A licensed corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier certified by the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Training Academy, or through an approved training provider as approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee must successfully complete an approved firearms training course to be armed or permitted to carry a weapon while on duty and in uniform at the location(s) specified in the license where they may have a firearm.
C. 
Firearms carried by a licensed corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier shall be revolvers capable of firing and loaded with thirty-eight hundredths (0.38) caliber (Special) ammunition, double-action solid frame revolvers (five- or six-shot) or semi-automatic pistols up to and including forty hundredths (0.40) caliber ammunition, double-action only or double/single action, which are equipped with a decocker or decocker safety. Only one (1) approved handgun may be carried on duty. Certified Police Officers may carry duty weapons. The carrying of automatics, derringers is prohibited. The Sheriff of Jefferson County shall have the authority to review an application for and grant, where appropriate and for good cause shown, the carrying of additional weapons. A licensee is authorized to carry only handguns in a strong side hip holster approved by the Sheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or his designee and only if the licensee has qualified with that handgun as set out herein.
D. 
The Sheriff of Jefferson County or their designee may deny a licensee the opportunity to obtain a license to be armed with a weapon of any type if, in their discretion, they believe a person or a proposed firearm does not meet the requirements set out herein or presents a danger to others.
E. 
Licensees may carry patrol rifles under the following terms and conditions: The only approved rifle will be the semi-automatic AR15, .223/5.56 caliber firearm. The Sheriff of Jefferson County will develop and implement such regulations as are necessary regarding the type, barrel length, trigger system, sights, magazines, slings, light sources, ammunition regarding the deployment and carrying of semi-automatic rifles.
F. 
Licensees may carry patrol shotguns under the following conditions: The Sheriff of Jefferson County will develop and implement such regulations as are necessary regarding the type, barrel length, trigger system, sights, magazines, slings, light sources, ammunition regarding the deployment and carrying of shotguns.
G. 
A corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier upon firing his or her weapon for any reason within the unincorporated area of Jefferson County, or using other force to make an arrest, shall immediately make or cause to be made a report to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction where the incident occurred.
H. 
All State requirements for carrying a firearm must be followed.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
Every watchman, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier shall hold his license at the pleasure of the Sheriff of Jefferson County and any agency or department designated by the Sheriff of Jefferson County to issue licenses under this Chapter, and such license shall be subject to revocation by the Sheriff of Jefferson County or the designated agency for good cause. Such license shall terminate automatically upon the termination of employment of such watchman, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier by the business/corporation, person or persons upon whose written request the license is issued. Such employing corporation, person or persons shall promptly notify the Sheriff of Jefferson County or designated agency that the watchman's, corporate security advisor's, patrol security officer's, security officer's or courier's employment has terminated if and when, in fact, it does terminate. Upon the revocation, expiration or termination of such license, it shall be the duty of each such watchman, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier to surrender to the Sheriff of Jefferson County or designated agency the license and identification card. From and after the revocation, expiration or termination of such license the person shall no longer have any authority to exercise the power of a watchman, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier. All licenses shall be issued for the period of one (1) year.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
Commissioned Police Officer Provisions.
1. 
Commissioned Police Officers of the State of Missouri may be licensed to perform the duties and carry out the responsibilities of a watchman, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier, provided they are employed during the term of their license as commissioned Police Officers in the State of Missouri. Each officer must have secondary employment approval by his employing department.
2. 
During the one-year term of the license, all licenses granted under this provision cease to be valid simultaneously with termination of the commissioned status.
3. 
No further training is required during employment as long as a Police Officer is qualified by State certification.
4. 
Responsibilities and obligations when performing in the licensed status shall be those applicable to the licensed function being performed, except that nothing in this provision shall diminish or enlarge upon the duties and responsibilities of the officers as provided for by Statute and his/her department regulations.
5. 
Municipal officers working in their jurisdictions are exempt from the licensing procedures as set forth in this manual.
6. 
A mandatory annual drug test is necessary by the applicant. However, if the officer's department has a random drug test program in effect, the officer will not have to be tested if the officer consents to and provides an original or certified copy of a satisfactory test result within the last one hundred eighty (180) days. Charges for the drug test will be the responsibility of the officer. The officer shall provide a copy of their department's policy.
B. 
Retired Police Officer Provisions.
1. 
Former paid, full-time commissioned Police Officers who were certified as full-time Police Officers by the Missouri POST Commission and who worked in the State of Missouri as Police Officers may be licensed to perform the duties and carry out the responsibilities of a watchman, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer, security officer or courier (does not include reserve or certified reserve officers).
2. 
Proof of retirement will be required and subject to the review and approval of the Private Security Coordinator/Supervisor.
3. 
Retired Police Officers working as a corporate security advisor, a patrol security officer, a security officer or a courier may carry weapons that were authorized to be carried on duty prior to retirement. An original letter from their department that will show make, caliber, model and date of last firearms qualification will be required. Retirees will qualify twice per year. L.E.O.S.A. (Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act) qualification may be used as one (1) of the mandatory qualifications. A mandatory annual drug test is necessary by the applicant.
4. 
Retired Police Officers licensed to work as an armed corporate security advisor, a patrol security officer, a security officer or a courier must be in their security agency's uniform with the agency's badge and Jefferson County security officer's license exposed.
5. 
The original training for the watchman's license will be waived. There is no renewal training for the license. The original and renewal classroom training required for a courier, corporate security advisor, patrol security officer or security officer license will be waived during the first five (5) years immediately following the former Police Officer's retirement date.
6. 
Responsibilities and obligations when performing in licensed status shall be those applicable to the licensed function being performed (watchman, courier, private security officer).
7. 
All applicants will be issued a copy of this manual upon application for a license.
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The Jefferson County Sheriff and the County Council may promulgate reasonable rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Chapter, and violations thereof shall be a misdemeanor.
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If any part of this Chapter or any regulation provided for herein is for any reason held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this Chapter or such regulation. No statement contained in this Chapter shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the County Council or the State of Missouri as the regulatory authority.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A current and up-to-date list of all licenses issued will be maintained at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or agency designated by the Sheriff of Jefferson County.
[Ord. No. 19-0434, 9-23-2019]
A. 
It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this Chapter.
B. 
Violations of this Section shall be prosecuted in the Jefferson County Municipal Court by the Jefferson County Municipal Prosecutor and shall be subject to the general penalty set forth in Section 100.030 of the Code of Ordinances of Jefferson County.