American Security Associates


At ASA, we are so serious about training, that all of our officers are trained by State Certified Trainers. Our security officer training program begins with a comprehensive 40 hours of classroom and verbal instruction. (This is 5 times the amount required by state law) All successful candidates must pass with a minimum score of 80%, have a satisfactory credit rating, must be drug free, clean criminal history, clean driving history, and must be able to meet the professional, physical, and mental requirements of our customers.

Our basic training program consists of the following topics.

  1. 1.Role of the security officer

  2. 2.Legal aspects

  3. 3.Patrol and observation

  4. 4.Incident response

  5. 5.Security resources

  6. 6.Customer service issues

In the aftermath of 9/11, the trend in the United States is one of a transformation of the role of security guards into first responders in case of a terrorist attack or a major disaster. At American Security Associates this has resulted in longer guard instruction hours, extra training in Terrorism tactics and Major Disaster responses.

Security officers at American Security Associates are trained to perform arrest and control procedures, operate emergency equipment, perform first aid, CPR, take accurate notes, write detailed reports, and perform other tasks as required by the client we are serving.

Many security officers at American Security Associates are required to go through additional training every quarter to ensure that your company’s security remains steadfast and up to date.

One major economic justification for security personnel is that insurance companies (particularly fire insurance carriers) will give substantial rate discounts to sites which have a 24-hour presence; for a high risk or high value venue, the discount can often exceed the money being spent on its security program.  This is because having security on site increases the odds that any fire will be noticed and reported to the local fire department before a total loss occurs. Also, the presence of security personnel (particularly in combination with effective security procedures) tends to diminish "shrinkage" theft, employee misconduct and safety rule violations, property damage, or even sabotage.