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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Private Security Board records, 1969-2008,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Private Security Board:

An Inventory of Private Security Board Records at the Texas State Archives, 1969-2008



Overview

Creator: Texas Private Security Board.
Title: Private Security Board records
Dates: 1969-2008
Abstract: The Texas Private Security Board examines, licenses, and regulates persons and companies working in the field of private security. Minutes document the decisions made at meetings of the board and its predecessors (the Texas Board of Private Detectives, Private Investigators, Private Patrolmen, and Private Guard Watchmen; the Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies; and the Texas Commission on Private Security), dating 1969-2008. Also included are a few agenda, and one press release.
Quantity: 2.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

In 1969 the Texas Legislature created the Texas Board of Private Detectives, Private Investigators, Private Patrolmen, and Private Guard Watchmen (or Private Guards and Managers), to examine, license, and regulate persons working in the field of private security (Senate Bill 164, 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969). A revision of the law in 1971 changed the agency's name to Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies (Senate Bill 768, 62nd Legislature, Regular Session, 1971). This law expanded the board's jurisdiction to include the regulation of burglar alarm companies, courier companies, armored car companies, guard dog companies, and the security departments of private businesses with armed guards. In 1983, unarmed security guards, alarm installers, security salespeople, and security consultants were added to the list of those regulated; in 1987, guard dog trainers; in 1989, alarm systems monitors; and in 1993, alarm systems engineers. In 1999 the name was changed once again, to the Texas Commission on Private Security (House Bill 2617, 76th Legislature, Regular Session). In 2003, the commission was abolished (House Bill 2, 78th Legislature, Regular Session), and in 2004 became the Texas Private Security Board under the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The regulatory duties of the board include the licensing, commissioning, and registering of persons and companies in the private security professions, as well as the approving of schools and instructors to train security officers. In 1975, authority was granted to establish training requirements and criminal history background checks for armed private security personnel. The board, through field investigators established in 1991 in Arlington, Austin, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio, also investigates complaints from law enforcement agencies, consumers, and the general public.

Beginning in 1999, the board consists of ten members: the director of the Department of Public Safety, who serves as an ex-officio member; five public members, who must be U.S. citizens; one member licensed by the board as a private investigator for at least 5 years; one member licensed as an owner or operator of an alarm systems company for at least 5 years; one member licensed as an owner or operator of a guard company for at least 5 years; one member who holds a license, a security officer commission, or a registration issued by the board for at least 5 years.

From 1971 to 1999, the board consisted of eight members. The attorney general and the director of the Department of Public Safety (or their designated representatives) were the two ex-officio members. The other six were appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms (increased from two-year terms in 1971). Two of the appointed members must have been engaged as a private investigator or security services contractor for five consecutive years; one must have owned or operated a guard company for five consecutive years; and three were members of the general public. (Until 1971, the board consisted of only seven members, which included one city or county law enforcement officer, and only one citizen member, who served as chairman.) The governor names the chair, and the board appoints an executive director. (Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Article 4413(29bb))

In FY 1994, the board received 3,279 company license applications, 41,713 registrations, 14,216 security officer commission applications, and 5,005 complaints; 197 training schools and 366 instructors had been approved by the board; 3,991 cases of complaints were closed (including 1,266 revocations of licenses, etc., and 1,855 uncontested suspensions); and 25 criminal cases were filed in court.

As of 1995, the agency was organized into five divisions: Administration, Automated Services, Licensing, Investigations, and Hearings. The total staff numbered 46 full-time equivalent employees.

In 2003, the Texas Legislature abolished the Texas Commission on Private Security, transferring its functions to the Texas Department of Public Safety (House Bill 2, 78th Legislature, Regular Session), effective September 1, 2003. Effective February 1, 2004, it became known as the Texas Private Security Board under the Texas Department of Public Safety.

(Sources include the appraisal reports produced by Texas State Archives staff; the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 8th edition (1998) and 11th edition (2001); the agency's Strategic Plan for 1995-1999; and the enabling legislation, 1969, 1971, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2003.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Private Security Board examines, licenses, and regulates persons and companies working in the field of private security. Minutes document the decisions made at meetings of the board and its predecessors--the Texas Board of Private Detectives, Private Investigators, Private Patrolmen, and Private Guard Watchmen (1969-1971); the Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies (1971-1999); and the Texas Commission on Private Security (1999-2003). Minutes date 1969-2008.

The bulk of the minutes include reviews of staff recommendations and board actions on new licenses, suspension orders, reinstatement orders, revocations, denials, reprimands, requests for waivers, other proposals for decision, requests for rehearings, reconsiderations and related issues. Also included in these minutes are summaries of board discussion and public comments on proposed rule changes; discussion and board action on new budgets; legislative updates; attorney general opinion reviews; etc. Some of the early minutes also include transcripts of hearings, the texts of proposed rules and rule changes, copies of correspondence and memoranda relating to board business, and other addenda or attachments.

Agenda of these meetings are filed by the agency with the minutes, but were usually not included in the copies transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Legislative Reference Library, or directly by the board. A small number of agenda date 1975 (for the Ad Hoc Committee on Training) and 2007-2008. One press release (also for the Ad Hoc Committee on Training) dates 1975.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged chronologically, as maintained by the agency.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies.
Texas Board of Private Detectives, Private Investigators, Private Patrolmen, and Private Guard Watchmen.
Texas Commission on Private Security.
Texas. Dept. of Public Safety.
Subjects:
Private investigators--Texas--State supervision.
Private security services--Texas--State supervision.
Administrative agencies--Public meetings--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Administrative agencies--1969-2008.
Agendas (administrative records)--Texas--Administrative agencies--1975, 2007-2008.
Transcripts--Texas--Administrative agencies--1971-1973.
Rules (instructions)--Texas--Administrative agencies--1975-1984.
Correspondence--Texas--Administrative agencies--1972-1976.
Memorandums--Texas--Administrative agencies--1976-1984.
Press releases--Texas--Administrative agencies--1975.
Functions:
Regulating private investigators.
Regulating private security services.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education records, 1965-2001, 1.42 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Public Safety records, 1930-1931, 1934-2004, 282 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Private Security Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/067, 1996/068, 1997/022, 1998/084, 1999/119, 2000/069, 2001/156, 2002/079, 2003/064, 2004/062, 2004/066, 2005/122, 2006/016, 2006/124, 2007/037, 2008/026, 2009/059

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on February 28, 1996; October 15, 1996; February 18, 1998; March 12, 1999; and December 1, 1999; by the Texas Commission on Private Security on August 31, 2001; November 14, 2001; October 21, 2002; and November 14, 2003; by the Texas Department of Public Safety's Private Security Board on March 7, 2005; September 15, 2005; October 6, 2006; September 25, 2007; and November 12, 2008; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on November 17, 2003; and January 18, 2006.

Processing Information

Accession summary (including all series appraised as archival) by Tony Black, September 1996

New accessions of minutes added by Tony Black, February 1998

New accession of minutes added, and archival publications removed from inventory by Tony Black, March 1999

Finding aid encoded by Tony Black in EAD Version 1.0, November 2001

New accessions of minutes added by Tony Black, November 2001

Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO using the conversion stylesheet v1to02.xsl, July 22, 2003

New accessions of minutes added by Tony Black, November 2003

New accession of minutes added, and corrections and further encoding to DACS standards by Tony Black, April 2005

New accessions added, and further corrections by Tony Black, February 2009

Appraisal Information

Texas State Archives staff completed an appraisal of the Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies records in March 1996, with a supplemental appraisal in December 1998. (These appraisal reports are available online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/privateinvest.html and http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/privateinvest98.html, and also in the search room of the Texas State Archives.) Five series on the agency’s retention schedule were determined to be archival: Minutes and agenda, Litigation files, Biennial budget requests, Organization charts, and Strategic plans.

The archival requirement for the biennial budget requests, strategic plans, and organization charts is fulfilled by sending copies of the biennial budget requests (which contain organization charts) and strategic plans to the State Publications Depository Program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The Texas Documents Collection holds biennial budget requests/legislative appropriations requests dated 1970 (for FY 1972-1973) and 1980-2000 (for FY 1982-FY2005), and strategic plans for the years 1992-1998, 1995-1999, 1999-2003, and 2000-2005, received via the State Publications Depository Program.

Litigation files have so far not been transferred to the Texas State Archives.

Accruals

Minutes are transferred to the Texas State Archives on a regular basis.

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Private Security Board.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Private Security Board records, 1969-2008,
2.25 cubic ft.

Box
1996/067-1 Texas Board of Private Detectives, Private Investigators, Private Patrolmen, and Private Guard Watchmen (or Private Guards and Managers) minutes, 1969-1971
October 1969 thru October 1, 1971
[first part of one bound volume]:
October 1969
November 1969
January 1970
February 1970
March 1970
August 1970
September 1970
October 1970
November 1970
December 1970
January 1971
March 1971
July 1971
August 1971
October 1, 1971
Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies minutes, 1971-1999
October 28, 1971 thru December 1972
[last part of one bound volume]:
October 28, 1971
January 1972
March 1972
April 1972
June 1972
July 1972
August 1972
October 1972
December 1972
January 1973
January 1973
February 1973
March 1973
May 1973
July 1973
September 1973
December 1973
February 6, 1974
February 14, 1974
March 1974
(April 1974 missing)
May 1974
July 1974
August 1974
September 1974
October 1974
November 1974
December 1974
January 1975
February 1975
March 1975
April 1975
May 1975
July 1975
August 1975
September 1975
October 1975
November 1975
December 1975
February 1976 thru December 1977
[in one bound volume]:
February 1976
April 1976
May 1976
August 1976
October 1976
December 1976
February 1977
March 1977
April 1977
July 1977
August 1977
November 1977
December 1977
Box
1996/067-2 February 1978
May 1978
June 1978
September 1978
October 1978
December 1978
January 1979
April 1979
July 1979
October 1979
December 1979
March 1980
May 1980
June 1980
September 1980
December 1980
February 1981
June 1981
August 1981
December 1981
March 1982
August 1982
November 1982
June 1983
August 1983
September 1983
November 1983
February 1984
May 1984
August 1984
November 1984
June 1985
August 1985
October 1985
Box
1996/067-3 January 1986
May 1986
July 1986
October 1986
December 1986
June 1987
September 1987
January 1988
May 1988
July 1988
November 1988
January 1989
June 1989
September 1989
December 1989
May 1990
November 1990
May 1991
July 1991
September 1991
December 1991
April 1992
May 1992
June 1992
September 1992
December 1992
May 1993
September 1993
December 1993
March 1994
July 1994
October 1994
January 1995
June 1995
September 1995
December 1995
Box
1997/022 May 1996
July 1996
August 1996
December 1996
April 1997
September 9, 1997
September 29, 1997
October 1997
December 1997
March 1998
July 1998
November 1998
February 1999
June 1999
Box
2001/156-1 Texas Commission on Private Security minutes, 1999-2003
September 1999
November 1999
December 1999
February 2000
March 2000
April 2000
(2 meetings)
May 2000
June 2000
July 2000
September 2000
December 2000
June 2001
September 2001
December 2001
January 2002
March 2002
June 2002
September 2002
December 2002
March 2003
June 2003
September 2003
December 2003
Texas Private Security Board minutes and agenda, 2004-2008
Minutes, March 2004
Minutes, June 2004
Minutes, October 2004
Minutes, December 2004
Minutes, March 2005
Minutes, June 2005
Minutes, September 2005
Minutes, December 2005
Minutes, March 2006
Box
2001/156-2 Minutes, June 2006
Minutes, September 2006
Minutes, December 2006
Minutes and agenda, March 2007
Minutes, June 2007
Minutes, September 2007
Minutes, December 2007
Minutes and agenda, March 2008
Minutes, July 2008
Minutes, October 2008
Ad Hoc Committee on Training records, 1975
Press release, October 1975
Agenda, November 1975
Individual task sheet number 1
Application for security officer commission, September 1975

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