St. Louis Co. police stick to security guard rules
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Security guard companies have asked St. Louis County police for exemptions in security officer licensing requirements, in anticipation of needing more guards for any unrest that might follow the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that police are expediting the licensing approval process, but are sticking with the rules.
Police Chief Jon Belmar says there is concern about what happens if a security officer is involved in an incident and someone gets hurt. He says police must follow the licensing protocol.
Lt. Jeff Burk of the police department's records division says he has received numerous calls from companies seeking exemptions, but he has not kept a tally.