‘Low bar’ does deadly strip club shooting reveal need for better training?

XTC Cabaret in Dallas, TX. Pic from AccordingToErik: https://accordingtoerik.wordpress.com

On the heels of this chilling statistic, here is yet another example of the absolute need for security professionals, especially those who are armed, to have more comprehensive training.  -- IFPO.

 

By DANA BRANHAM, JANUARY 7, 2019, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE), SecurityInfoWatch.com

The two guards who have been charged with murder in the shooting of a man outside a Dallas strip club were licensed to carry guns, but security experts question whether their training prepared them for the responsibility of wielding them.

Eric Hansen, 27, and Daterrious Haggard, 25, were working security at XTC Cabaret in the 8500 block of North Stemmons Freeway on Tuesday when they fired more than 20 times into a pickup driven by 34-year-old Jason Hill.

The two guards kept shooting at the truck after they were no longer in danger of being hit by the vehicle, Dallas police wrote in an affidavit. Hill died at the scene.

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Hansen was being held late Thursday in the Dallas County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail, jail records show. Haggard was no longer listed in jail logs Thursday evening.

Hansen and Haggard completed the 45-hour training required for armed guards, state records show. Haggard finished his in March 2018, and Hansen has been licensed to work as an armed guard since 2013.

But Texas-based security experts say the training that security officers receive for their state-issued licenses sets a low bar, leaving many guards armed, but unprepared, for situations they may encounter.

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Security officers must undergo 45 hours of training to be licensed to carry weapons on the job.

But those 45 hours are dedicated to more than just firearms training, said Glenn Jones, senior instructor at Texas Certified Training Academy based in Round Rock. The training, usually conducted over a week, includes instructions about de-escalating dangerous situations and writing reports, as well as information about the laws for making arrests.

“It is kind of a rushed course,” Jones said.

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