The goal of TXDF is to provide each of our Officers, male or female, with a proper knowledge of the law, the physical skills, and the proper mindset to provide protection to:
- Their family
- Their community
- The State of Texas
Using our custom training program that meets and then exceeds the DPS standards, we offer the mandatory training, but then add scenario instruction, and professional programs after that basic training to enhance the skills of our Officers. A value to what we do is that we are able to engage in many areas of protection without being committed to security or law enforcement as a full-time occupation. Our legitimacy is verified by multiple background checks through the FBI and Texas Public Safety Division as well as TXDF being the only Security Company in Texas to require a Law Enforcement level Psychological Evaluation for all Officers.
Texas Defense Force Security is looking for a few good men and women, willing to work as a volunteer, after undergoing the rigorous training we provide, and require, for all new recruits. All applicants must first successfully pass a Law Enforcement level Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) Psych Eval before they will be allowed to begin training.
Our focus is not just on Security. We also have certified Search and Rescue teams as well as officers becoming proficient in private investigations and surveillance work. Our team also includes a drone contingent both for security and recovery work as well as a trained search dog team and even helicopter air support. We are even placing in our portfolio of goals to include an equestrian unit soon that would handle SAR OPS as well as urban crowd control.
The focus that TXDF has in the private security profession includes armed guards, personal protection officers and private investigators. DPS regulates the private security profession under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the related administrative rules. The Texas DPS protects the public by conducting fingerprint-based background checks on applicants, licensing training schools and instructors, investigating and resolving complaints, and taking disciplinary action against licensees or seeking criminal prosecution of those who perform private security services without a license.
- All TXDF applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Not have been convicted, in any jurisdiction, of a felony level offense;
- Not have been convicted, in any jurisdiction, of a Class A or equivalent misdemeanor;
- Not have been convicted, within the past 5 years, in any jurisdiction, of a Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
- Not currently charged with, or under indictment for, a felony, or a Class A misdemeanor;
- Not currently charged with, a Class B misdemeanor;
- Not have been found by a court to be incompetent by reason of a mental defect or disease and not have been restored to competency;
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed services, discharged from the United States armed services under other conditions determined by the Board to be prohibitive, or dismissed by the United States armed services if a commissioned office in the United States armed services;
- Not be required to register in this or any other state as a sex offender.
TXDF provides company liability insurance that covers all of our officers. We will train applicants to provide all the necessary skills to become a licensed Armed Security Officer, Private Investigator, and Body Guard in the State of Texas.
DPS provides several levels of licensing for private security professionals:
The Level II Training Course and test is required of all non-commissioned security officers, commissioned security officers and personal protection officers. This training course must be administered by a licensed Level III or Level IV Training School and taught by a licensed Level III or Level IV Instructor. Additionally, this training may be administered by a licensed guard company and taught by the qualified manager or the qualified manager’s designee.
The Level III Training Course (minimum 45 hours) and test (including course of fire) is required for all commissioned security officers and personal protection officers. This training course must be administered by a licensed Level III Training School and taught by a licensed Level III Instructor. The demonstration of firearm proficiency must be completed within 90 days of the application date.
The Level IV Training Course (minimum 15 hours) and test is required for all personal protection officers. This training course must be administered by a licensed Level IV Training School and administered by a licensed Level IV Instructor.
Commissioned security officers shall submit a firearms proficiency certificate along with the renewal application. Commissioned security officers and personal protection officers shall complete six (6) hours of continuing education. This training course must be administered by a licensed Level III Training School and taught by a licensed Level III Instructor. The demonstration of firearm proficiency must be completed within 90 days of the renewal application date.
An application to renew a license, registration, endorsement, or commission may not be submitted until the required minimum hours of department approved continuing education credits have been earned in accordance with TAC 35.161. Proof of the required continuing education must be maintained by the employer and contained in the personnel file of the registrant’s employing company. All registrants shall indicate they have completed the required minimum hours of department approved continuing education credits on their application for renewal.
All continuing education credits must be earned through department approved continuing education schools.
What does all this entail?
Texas is strict about licensing for private security professionals, and with good reason. TXDF takes these requirements and training seriously as well. Our training includes firearms proficiency courses, self-defense training, interactive scenario training, and classroom hours to insure that each applicant will be fully-versed on applicable laws.
How does this work?
After completing all training, our private security professionals will be licensed to carry a firearm, in and out of uniform. Our officers volunteer to complete at least 40 hours of service per year, in order to maintain their licenses in good standing. TXDF accepts donations and holds fundraisers to cover administrative costs. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us.