Any individual, partnership,
corporation or limited liability company who employs one or
more employees to provide security services for that
employer and only for that employer is required by the State
of California to register with the Bureau of Security and investigative Services (BSIS) as a Proprietary Private Security
This law went into
effect on January 1, 2011.
A PSE may NOT contract out the services of their security guards (PSOs), that is the main
difference between a Private Patrol Operator (PPO) and a PSO.
If you are a night club, bar,
restaurant, hotel, gym, entertainment or sports venue, or any other type of business that has
security guards on your payroll, rather than hired out
through a Private Patrol Operator (PPO), then you are
required by law to be registered as a PSE.
- CA State BSIS PSE Fact Sheet -