Council member calls security guard requirements "backward"

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 11 2018 Apr 11, 2018 Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:25:00 PM CDT April 11, 2018 in News
By: Sana Moore, KOMU 8 Reporter and Shelby Lofton, KOMU8 Digital Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Four months after a man was shot and killed by a security guard at a Columbia Waffle House, The Citizens Police Review Board is taking a fresh look at how guards are licensed.

Board member Cornellia Williams said the requirements fall short.

“If we are requiring a police officer to have all these rules, then we to have a security guard to have those same, or at least, close to, same standards, because he is acting as a person walking around with a gun and could take somebody’s life," she said.

Security guard applicants must pass a three-part concealed carry test. However, they can retake the test as many times as they want, with a ten dollar charge.

One Columbia resident who attended Wednesday's board meeting said she finds it scary a security guard can take the test multiple times until they get a passing score.

“That’s a little worrisome if it takes someone, you know, 10 times to take the test, then obviously they’re not super competent with a firearm, and obviously makes it less safe,” Adrianna Talavera said.

Once a guard passes the test, they don't need to take it again and their license would be renewable each year.

The process to become a security guard requires going into the police department's business office and completing an armed guard license form, undergoing a background check, and taking the CPD's guard gun testing.

Deputy Chief Jill Schlude said there is a study guide provided to help people pass the test.

“There are some technical questions a lot of people, unless they were a police officer or a correctional officer, you wouldn’t know about firearms law, so we aren't trying to prevent anybody from passing the test,” she said.

Schlude said psychological evaluations are not taken into account for armed guards, though it is considered for officers.

Requirements for security guards became a focus of attention after guard Matthew McMillan shot and killed Anthony Warren at the Waffle House on Vandiver Dr. McMillan said he felt threatened by a crowd after a shooting involving two other people. Warren was part of that crowd.

Some people questioned whether McMillan was adequately trained to handle such a situation.

One member of the Citizens Police Review Board said the difference in rules for police officers and security guards doesn't make sense to him.

“It just seems to me that this is backwards," Val DeBrunce said.

Board members said they have more questions about security guard requirements for Schlude to answer at their next meeting, which is on May 9.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Tuesday was the rescheduled municipal election from April. The election was initially postponed due to Coronavirus concerns. ... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:25:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man imprisoned in a... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:18:01 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 20-year-old Jefferson City man was arrested on suspicion of two different sodomy charges. The Fulton... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:05:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A 25-year-old woman is sharing her story after she was hit by a car Monday during a protest... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:44:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protests continued along Broadway in downtown Columbia Tuesday night. During the protest, Columbia police officers took a... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:34:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge has dismissed two lawsuits against a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid health care... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 8:51:39 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak at a Kansas City paper plant has infected more than 200 people. ... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 8:45:51 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
FORT LEONARD WOOD - A Department of Army civilian died at Fort Leonard Wood following a crane incident around 2... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 7:30:02 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday he is withholding $131 million from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 7:30:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - After several days of protests around the state of Missouri, Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones released a statement... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 6:59:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Boone County elections are being held today, and they look a little different than normal. COVID-19 precautions,... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 6:12:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Around 10:50 p.m. the Columbia Police Department tweeted and said Daniel Wood had been located. @ColumbiaPD... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 2:52:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — The City of St. Louis is under a curfew starting Tuesday at 9 p.m. ... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 12:46:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Life today is razor's-edge tense. If your regular coping methods aren't measuring up, there are science-backed actions we... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 12:33:24 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a reported armed robbery involving a pizza delivery driver late Monday night. According... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:44:28 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Gunfire damaged several homes in northeast Columbia early Tuesday, though no injuries have been reported. Police responded... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:37:09 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a reported home invasion on Aspen Heights Parkway, during which three people apparently broke in... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:33:23 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
12am 73°
1am 72°
2am 71°
3am 70°