A security officer training class will be offered in September at Norwalk Community College. The eight-hour, two-session class is required by the state Department of Public Safety for certification.

The course will be taught by Mark Basil, a certified protection professional with the American Society for Industrial Security. Basil served with the U.S. Secret Service from 2000 to 2010. Basil, who has more than 15 years' experience in the security field, is the president of Strategic Protection Solutions of New Canaan.

Once students have successfully completed the course and passed the exam, they can submit an application to receive a security officer identification card from the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the DPS.

Topics covered include introduction to private security, basic first aid, search and seizure, use of force and basic criminal justice. Students must take and pass a written examination with a minimum passing score of 70 percent. Students should bring a picture ID, such as driver's license or passport, to class. Receipt of a security officer ID card is also contingent on the payment of additional fees to the DPS, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.

The course, which will be in East 227 at NCC, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 15 and 22. The cost is $99.

For information, call Midge King at 203-857-3337.

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