Unregistered guards can work if paperwork submitted

The Board of Private Detectives and Guards ruled Thursday that unregistered security guards would be allowed to continue working, as long as they have turned in their applications before a Monday deadline.

The deadline arises from new state rules for guards to meet training requirements and to clear background checks by that date.

The board, which is within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, also stated that any person working in a guard capacity must:

* Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

* Attend eight hours of instruction, pass a written test and undergo four hours of on-the-job training supervised by a board-approved guard.

* Pass criminal and psychological background checks.

“Given the last-minute rush to register, the board will allow those who have filed the necessary paperwork before (the deadline) and attested that he or she has met all the requirements to continue working as a guard,” a DCCA announcement said.

It added that approved applicants would be issued a guard registration card and unapproved ones, who “may have engaged in unregistered guard activity” after the deadline, will be denied until they have met all requirements.

To download the application and find a listing of certified instructors and other information, go online to hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/boards/private/Act_208_guard_employee.

For more information on requirements, visit hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/news-releases/pdg_important_announcements/ImportantAnnouncement_7-1-13_FinalGuidelines. pdf.

The DCCA is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It can be reached at (808) 586-3000.