2005-06-10 / Community

Pheffer: Tighten Up On Security Personnel

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced a law she sponsored requiring individuals to undergo federal criminal background checks before becoming security guards for New York companies will take effect May 15 – helping better protect New York families from terrorism (Ch. 699 of 2004).

“We depend on security guards to keep New York citizens safe in our airports, public buildings, nuclear facilities, and other places targeted by terrorists,” Assemblywoman Pheffer said. “This law protects New Yorkers by barring security enforcement jobs to federal criminals in our communities. This ultimately eliminates potential safety risks to our families and our way of life.”

Under this law, security guard applicants will be fingerprinted to determine if they have committed crimes outside of New York State. The fingerprints will be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation where the applicant’s entire criminal history will be screened before he or she is hired. Previously, security guard applicants were only checked for criminal records in New York State.

“With the threat of terrorist attacks a very real danger in New York, it is essential that we continue to take every step possible to ensure the safety of our families and neighborhoods – and this law does that,” Assemblywoman Pheffer said. “Providing additional security from terrorism to the residents of New York is a high priority for me, and I will continue my efforts to keep New York a safe state to live in.”

Another piece of legislation affecting the security industry that Assemblywoman Pheffer has sponsored, Assembly bill A.8410 will provide a security training tax credit for qualified building owners with security officers with certain training. To qualify for the credit, owners are required to demonstrate improved wage standards and more training for things such as observation skills, detection and reporting skills, and knowledge of advanced security technology.

“It is important that those protecting our safety and security are paid reasonable wages and given adequate training so that they have the knowledge and skills to recognize dangers and handle them correctly,” said Pheffer.

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