Private Security Program

Private Security Program

The Private Security Program (PSP) is overseen by the Regulatory Services Division (RSD) and exists to provide effective oversight of regulated programs as authorized by the Texas Legislature. The regulatory authority of the RSD varies by program, and may extend to partnerships with other federal, state, and local agencies.

RSD protects the public by:

  • conducting fingerprint-based background checks on applicants,
  • investigating and resolving complaints, and
  • taking disciplinary action against licensees.

Note: This includes seeking criminal prosecution of those who perform private security services without a license.

Those considered part of the private security profession include:

  • unarmed security guards
  • armed security guards
  • personal protection officers Security Officer
  • private investigators • alarm systems installers/monitors
  • armored car couriers • electronic access control device installers, and
  • locksmiths. The RSD regulates the private security profession as the Private Security Program (PSP) under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code (TOC) §1702 and the related administrative rules in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 35 Private Security.