Complete 8-hours BPDG Hawaii Security Guard Card Training

This program is the complete 8-hours, Board of Private Detectives & Guards security guard course. This training complies with all classroom requirements as specified in HRS § 463-10.5. The coursework is comprised of ten (10) Lessons and a final examination.

All lessons must be completed before the guard is assigned to duty.

Lesson 1: The Power to Arrest

State and federal law regarding the legal limitations on the actions of guards concerning arrest as these issues relate to guard work.


  1. HAR §16-97-16(a) and HRS chapter 803.
  2. What is an arrest and how it is done (HRS §803-6).
  3. Who has authority to arrest (HRS §803-3).
  4. Use of force in making an arrest (HRS §803-7).
  5. Define an implied arrest.
  6. Define a false arrest.
  7. Who can conduct an interrogation (HAR §16-97-16(c)).
  8. State and federal laws regarding legal limitations placed on the actions of guards.
  9. Techniques, liability, and company requirements relating to the arrest of an individual.

Lesson 2: Search and Seizures

State and federal law regarding the legal limitations on the actions of guards in search and seizure as related to guard work.


  1. Define search.
  2. Define types of searches.
  3. Resolution of seized property.
  4. Stop and frisk (HAR §16-97-16(b).
  5. "Fruits of the crime."
  6. Evidence collection and the chain of custody.

Lesson 3: Use of Force

State and federal law regarding the legal limitations on the actions of guards in the use of force as related to guard work.


  1. HAR section 16-97-16(d) and HRS chapter 703.
  2. 18 U.S.C.A. § 242, deprivation of rights under color of law.
  3. Prohibition on security guard carrying weapons (HAR §16-97-17).
  4. Use of reasonable, necessary force (HRS chapter 703).

Lesson 4: Site Safety and Emergency Response

Access Control, Safety, Fire Detection and Reporting, and Emergency Response.


  1. Access control for vehicles and personnel.
  2. Warning signage/postings.
  3. Automated access control systems
  4. Identification procedures and security identification.
  5. Alarms and closed circuit television (CCTV).
  6. Criminal trespass HRS§708-813 and 708-814.
  7. A safe work environment.
  8. Emergencies (e.g., fires, power outages, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.).
  9. Detecting fires.
  10. Types of fire alarms and extinguishers.
  11. Evacuation procedures and routes (e.g., stairs, elevators, hallways, doors, etc.).
  12. Emergency preparedness plan.
  13. Emergency Contact numbers.
  14. Emergency Response (e.g. bomb threats, hazardous chemical leaks).

Lesson 5: Homeland Security and Terrorism

Homeland security issues and procedures.


  1. United States Department of Homeland Security.
    • Background
    • Areas of Responsibility
    • Security Measure types
  2. Current trends in domestic and international terrorism.
  3. Counter-terrorism strategies.
  4. Pre-incident threat identification.
  5. Threat level assessment.

Lesson 6: Communicating with Public Authorities

When and how to notify public authorities.


  1. Who to notify in an emergency (e.g. fire, police, medical emergency, natural disaster, terrorist attack).
  2. When and how to notify specific public authorities.

Lesson 7: Observation and Incident Reports

Techniques of observation and reporting of incidents, including how to prepare an incident report.


  1. Observation techniques.
  2. Observation of suspects and suspicious activities.
  3. How to write an objective detailed report (who, what, where, when why, and how).
  4. Ways to ask appropriate open-ended questions.

Lesson 8: Fundamentals of Patrolling


  1. Patrolling techniques and method.
  2. Suspect contact and suspicious activity.
  3. Utilizing appropriate questioning.

Lesson 9: Professional Ethics


  1. Ethics and professionalism.
  2. Avoiding conflict of interest.
  3. Protecting persons and property.

Lesson 10: Professional Image and Aloha Training


  1. How to look and act professionally in all situations.
  2. Taking pride in the work.
  3. The importance of a good "First impression."
  4. Showing the "Aloha spirit" (HRS §5-7.5)

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