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What degrees do you need to have to be in private security?

I want to work in private security

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James’s Answer

You do not need a degree for almost all private security jobs. Each company will have their own requirements, though, as it is the private sector. There are courses to attend that will make you a more attractive hire. You can take handcuffing, baton, OC spray, and other various trainings. Experience with firearms or military service will always be an added bonus. Best of luck moving forward.
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Daniel’s Answer

I agree with the other comments, definitely seek out a degree because that will help you in the long run. More and more law enforcement agencies are requiring a degree but not all. If your end goal is to be in law enforcement, I would suggest criminal justice or political science. If you are leaning more towards the business aspect, then business releated courses would best fit. Also remember that a degree in "criminal justice" is not necessarily needed, just a degree in general, so keep in mind life after law enforcement and make yourself marketable in the private sector.

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Hassan’s Answer

I didn't see any degree requirements to obtain security licensing.

However, a degree would allow you to join law enforcement which is one of the best ways to get training and experience that many private security companies value.

I would start by looking at job posting for the jobs you're interested in to see their specific requirements. That would be the best way to learn more.
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Robert’s Answer

Hello. There are no college courses required for most security positions however I might suggest you take a local POST certificate training at your local community college. Also try and obtain a business degree if private security is your end goal. A business degree will help in the administration or ownership of a private security firm.
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James’s Answer

Every state is a little different in the requirements for private security. There is a big difference when security is armed which required several different training programs including courses in local laws, handling of firearms, qualifying in firearms use and use of force. This includes baton and/or taser use. Licensing takes a while but you can Google your state asking about private security requirements but plan on spending time on some bookworm . Even unarmed security requires some class work. The next step up is personal protection specialists, i.e. bodyguard. I did that for several years and it was a lot of fun but tedious and trying at times. Special classes and courses are available for this including driving classes , crowd management and close quarters escorts. Lot to learn to be the best but very rewarding, pride and financial.
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