The entire concept of TXDF is to provide the individual, male or
female with the power of knowledge of the law and physical skillsets to provide protection to:
- Their family
- Their community
- The State of Texas
Using the power of licensing and professional programs, our officers engage in many areas of protection without being committed to law enforcement as a fulltime vocation. Our legitimacy is verified by multiple background checks through the FBI and Texas Public Safety Division.
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. We are licensed through the Texas Online Private Security (TOPS) program, through the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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 future includes a drone contingent both for security and recovery work as well as a trained search dog team. 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 TXDF focus 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. 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.
TDFS provides liability insurance for all our officers. We will train applicants to provide all the necessary skills to become a licensed investigator and peace officer 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. Additionally, licensed companies with ten (10) or more registered employees may make a written request for a letter of exemption allowing them to provide continuing education to those employees registered under the requesting company’s license.
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, 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 XX 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 fill out the form below.