Elevating Security Standards: Maryland Senate Bill 760 and Its Impact on Community Safety

In the realm of public safety, security guards play a pivotal role. They act as the first line of defense, protecting property, upholding order and guaranteeing the safety of people, neighborhoods, and enterprises. Acknowledging the significance of this profession, Maryland legislators proposed Senate Bill SB760 to bolster the standards and oversight of security guards statewide. The bill is slated to take effect in June 2024. Within this blog, we will outline the updated regulations and explore their potential effects on security procedures.

Certification Requirements

SB760 mandates certification for individuals seeking employment as security guards in Maryland. Prospective security guards must meet specific standards:

  • Age and Character: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and possess good moral character.
  • Employment and Training: Prospective security guards must have an affiliation with a licensed security agency and complete a 12-hour training course. This course must be approved by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.
  • Exceptions and Disqualifications: Those with three years of prior police experience may also qualify, though certain criminal convictions or misconduct may disqualify applicants.

Renewal Process

Continuing education/competence is vital in the security sector. SB760 outlines renewal requirements, including:

  • Ongoing Training: Renewal requires completion of an 8-hour training course, ensuring guards stay current on new issues/regulations.
  • Validity Period: Certification is valid for three years, with the option to renew for an additional three-year term.

On-the-Job Standards

Maintaining professionalism and accountability while on duty is vital. A few of the standards that security guards will be held to include:

  • Identification and Firearm Requirements: Guards must visibly display a clearance card issued by the Secretary of State Police and meet rigorous requirements for carrying handguns.
  • Use of Force Reporting: Any use of force must be promptly and thoroughly reported.

Insurance Mandates

To further safeguard community interests, SB760 imposes insurance requirements on security guard agencies, including:

  • Liability Coverage: Agencies must maintain commercial general liability insurance, with minimum coverage determined by the number of employed guards. $500,000 if they employ 5 or less security guards. $1,000,000 if they employ 5 of more.

Application Process

Obtaining certification entails a diligent application process. Some of the steps in the process are as follows:

  • Documentation Submission: Applicants must submit required documents to the Maryland State Police Licensing Division.
  • Processing Time: Up to 90 business days for application processing.

Maryland Senate Bill 760 embodies a concerted effort to elevate security guard standards, emphasizing professionalism, accountability and community safety. As stakeholders navigate the implementation of this legislation, a collective commitment to adherence and diligence will pave the path towards a safer and more secure environment for everyone.


Reach out to an RCM&D advisor if you need further guidance or assistance in understanding how this bill may impact your security operations or if you require support in ensuring compliance with its regulations.