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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 174. Regulations Relating to Private Security Services Registered Personnel
8/11/2020

6VAC20-174-320. Security Canine Handler – Compulsory Minimum Training Requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Security canine handler - 30 hours (excluding basic obedience training)

a. 01E: Security Officer Core Subjects - 18 hours (prerequisite for 04ES)

b. Prerequisite for 04ES - Basic Obedience Training

c. 04ES: Security Canine Handler - 12 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

1. Security officer core subjects (01E) - 18 hours (excluding examination)

The entry level curriculum for unarmed security officer, armed security officer/courier, security canine handler, and alarm respondent sets forth the following areas identified as:

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(2) Code of ethics

(3) General duties and responsibilities

(4) Signs of terrorism

b. Law

c. Security patrol, access control, and communications

d. Documentation

e. Emergency procedures

f. Confrontation management

g. Use of force

h. Written comprehensive examination

2. Security canine handler (04ES) - 12 hours (excluding examination and basic obedience training)

a. Prerequisites for security canine handler entry level (official documentation required): successful completion of basic obedience training

b. Demonstration of proficiency. The student must demonstrate his proficiency in the handling of a security canine to satisfy the minimum standards

c. Evaluation by a certified private security canine handler instructor and basic obedience retraining

d. Security canine handler orientation; legal authority

e. Canine patrol techniques

f. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(04IS) Security Canine Handler In-Service - 8 hours

a. Basic obedience evaluation and retraining

b. Canine grooming, feeding, and health care

c. Apprehension techniques

d. Obedience

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

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