New Mexico security guards are licensed or registered through the New Mexico Private Investigations Advisory Board. The board registers security guards at Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.
The Board also sets minimum training standards for all levels of registration. For example, in order to be a Level 1 security guard, one must meet a number of requirements.
First and foremost, one must be a US citizen or resident alien. In addition, one must be at least 18 years old to apply for a Level 1 security guard license, and 21 years old to apply for a Level 2 or 3 license. Furthermore, applicants must complete a 24-hour Level 1 training course, obtain a score of 90% or higher on the required examination of that training, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
It should be noted that the L1 training course will cover a range of topics that are essential for your role as a security officer. You will learn about the investigations process, how to interview witnesses and suspects, and how to preserve evidence. You will also gain valuable first aid skills and learn how to give testimony in court.
Professionalism and work ethics are emphasized throughout the course, and you will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice in a realistic setting.
In addition, all applicants must undergo a full background check, and submit fingerprints and two passport sized photos to be used for their ID badge/registration card.
By meeting all of these requirements, individuals can ensure that they will be able to work as licensed security guards for a New Mexico security company under the supervision of a patrol officer.
Level 2: NM Security Guard Training
Everything listed in the Level 1 is also required in order to achieve Level 2 but with the exception that achieving Level 2 in law enforcement training requires a mastery of the topics covered in Level 1, as well as a deeper understanding of some additional concepts.
In particular, applicants must have a thorough understanding of the use of force, and be able to handle conflicts calmly and effectively. They must also be trained in the use of defensive tools such as handcuffs and chemical agents.
By mastering these topics, L2 applicants will be prepared to work confidently and safely in any law enforcement setting.
Level 3: NM Armed Security Guard Training
Before you can be admitted into the Level 3 protective services program, you must complete a rigorous set of training and examinations. The program is designed to test your knowledge of all aspects of security, from fire safety, marksmanship to threat recognition/judgmental shooting.
You will also be required to demonstrate your ability to assess threats and take appropriate action. In addition, you will need to show that you are aware of the potential hazards associated with ammunition storage and transportation. Only those who can meet these high standards will be allowed to start their careers as licensed armed security guard in the great state of New Mexico.