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225 ILCS 447/20-20

    (225 ILCS 447/20-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2029)
    Sec. 20-20. Training; private alarm contractor and employees.
    (a) Registered employees of the private alarm contractor agency who carry a firearm and respond to alarm systems shall complete, within 30 days of their employment, a minimum of 20 hours of classroom training provided by a qualified instructor and shall include all of the following subjects:
        (1) The law regarding arrest and search and seizure
as it applies to the private alarm industry.
        (2) Civil and criminal liability for acts related to
the private alarm industry.
        (3) The use of force, including but not limited to
the use of nonlethal force (i.e., disabling spray, baton, stungun, or similar weapon).
        (4) Arrest and control techniques.
        (5) The offenses under the Criminal Code of 2012 that
are directly related to the protection of persons and property.
        (6) The law on private alarm forces and on reporting
to law enforcement agencies.
        (7) Fire prevention, fire equipment, and fire safety.
        (8) Civil rights and public relations.
        (9) The identification of terrorists, acts of
terrorism, and terrorist organizations, as defined by federal and State statutes.
    Pursuant to directives set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the provisions set forth by the National Fire Protection Association in the National Fire Alarm Code and the Life Safety Code, training may include the installation, repair, and maintenance of emergency communication systems and mass notification systems.
    (b) All other employees of a private alarm contractor agency shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of basic training provided by a qualified instructor within 30 days of their employment. The training may be provided in a classroom or seminar setting or via Internet-based online learning programs. The substance of the training shall be related to the work performed by the registered employee.
    (c) It is the responsibility of the employer to certify, on forms provided by the Department, that the employee has successfully completed the training. The original form or a copy shall be a permanent record of training completed by the employee and shall be placed in the employee's file with the employer for the term the employee is retained by the employer. A private alarm contractor agency may place a copy of the Department form in lieu of the original into the permanent employee registration card file. The original form or a copy shall be returned to the employee when the employee's employment is terminated. Failure to return the original form or a copy to the employee is grounds for discipline. The employee shall not be required to complete the training required under this Act once the employee has been issued a form.
    (d) Nothing in this Act prevents any employer from providing or requiring additional training beyond the required 20 hours that the employer feels is necessary and appropriate for competent job performance.
    (e) Any certification of completion of the 20-hour basic training issued under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, and Locksmith Act of 1993 or any prior Act shall be accepted as proof of training under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 102-152, eff. 1-1-22; 103-309, eff. 1-1-24.)