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School Security Personnel Training

Sections 1305-C (related to training), 1313-C (relating to school resource officers) and 1314-C (relating to school security guards) within Article XIII-C (relating to school security) of the Public School Code of 1949 were amended on July 2, 2019 (P.L.406, No.67) to require that all school police officers, school resource officers, and school security guards successfully complete the Basic School Resource Officer Course offered by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) or an equivalent course of instruction approved by the commission.  School security personnel intending to work in a school setting are required to receive this instruction either prior to employment, or, for current employees, within a certain time frame allowed by law.

A workgroup was formed to assist in the determination of what constitutes an 'equivalent training'. Representatives from schools and school security personnel, local law enforcement, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) developed a set of  criteria to be used when determining a program that is equivalent and beneficial for school security personnel.  These criteria or standards were presented to the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) for review at its November 20, 2019 meeting.

On December 11, 2019, the set of standards were presented to the Commission for acceptance and approval to be used by PCCD staff to evaluate and approve vendors offering equivalent course of instruction to the NASRO Basic School Resource Officer Course.

The set of standards are provided in the link below.  Please call Shaun White at (717)265-8718 for more information.

School Security Personnel Training Standards

School Security Training Providers

Cardinal Point Homeland Security Group, Inc.
261 Old York Road, Suite 734
Jenkintown, PA  19046
Contact Information:
John Gooley: (267) 473-5366; and
Saida Harpi: (267) 636-9125
Website: Cardinal Point Homeland Security Group Protective Services
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
CSI Corporate Security and Investigations, LLC
3645 Brodhead Road
Monaca, PA  15061
Contact Information:
Vincent Beal: (724) 775-3577 -Ext 2401
Direct Dial: (724) 888-2401
Website: Investigation & Risk Management Services | CSI Investigators
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center
650 South 13th Street, Robertshaw Bldg.
Indiana, PA  15705
Contact Information:
Dennis Marsili, Dolores Karcher
Office: (724) 357-3988, (724) 357-6943
Fax: (724) 357-3989
Website: School Security Personnel Basic Training - IUP
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)
2020 Valleydale Road, Suite 207A
Hoover, AL 35244
Contact Information:
Office: (205) 739-6060
Website: National Association of School Resource Officers
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual
RESPONSEology Consulting and Safety Solutions
PO Box 376
Sewickley, PA  15143
Contact Information:
Aaron Vanatta: (724) 350-1513
Website: Responseology Consulting and Safety Solutions, School Safety Consultant
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Standing Stone Consulting, Inc.
826 Pennsylvania Avenue
PO Box 389
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Contact Information:
Ian R. Thompson: (814) 599-1664
Office: (814) 641-7600
Website: Standing Stone Consulting Inc. 
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
U.S. Security Care, Inc.
960B Harvest Drive, Suite 130
Blue Bell, PA  19422
Contact Information:
Anthony Tamburrino: (215) 480-7831
Maleeka Carroll: (215)542-7789
Website: U.S. Security Care | corporate security services
Mode of Instruction: In-Person, Virtual