How Do You Begin a Career in Security?

If you are looking for an exciting career that allows you to serve your community and improve your people skills, you may want to consider a career at GoJoe Patrol. However, before you begin searching for employment as a security officer, you’ll need to make sure that you meet the qualifications required by your state.

Each state determines, by law, the steps necessary to become a security professional. Currently, GoJoe Patrol offers security services in Washington and Idaho. Here are the requirements for private armed and unarmed security officers in these states.


Unarmed Security Officer: To apply for an unarmed security officer position in Idaho, you must be at least 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition, you cannot have a criminal record involving illegal weapon use or any prior felony convictions.

Armed Security Officer: Private armed security officers must meet more stringent requirements than unarmed guards, as they not only have greater responsibilities but also pose a greater liability risk due to carrying a firearm. To be a private armed officer in Idaho, you must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have an Idaho driver’s license. You will also need to pass a background test and a drug test.

Additionally, you must have worked as an unarmed officer for at least one year, display ethical behavior, and be physically capable of performing the job requirements. The county you will be working in will determine the type of firearms training you must complete.


Unarmed Security Officer: To become unarmed security professional in Washington, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, be an American citizen or resident alien, and submit to fingerprinting and a background check. Additionally, you will need to be employed by a security company or have an employment offer from a licensed security company in the State of Washington, and complete their pre-training requirements.

Pre-training requirements, at this time, include training on:

  • Accident prevention
  • Emergency response
  • General first aid
  • Incident reporting
  • Legal limitations and power
  • Safety protocols
  • Security principles
  • Surveillance documentation and operation

Finally, you cannot have any criminal convictions related to your ability to perform the job. The Washington State Department of Licensing also charges a licensing fee, which is currently $111.

Armed Security Officer: If you want to work as a private armed security officer in Washington, you must be at least 21 years old and already possess a license as an unarmed security officer. Also, you cannot have had any felony convictions in the last ten years or committed any fraudulent acts.

In addition, you must have a job or job offer with a licensed private security company, hold a Washington driver’s license and submit to fingerprinting and drug testing. You will also need to have a current commission-issued firearms certificate.

Serve Your Community With GoJoe Patrol

Working in the security sector will allow you to learn essential skills for your future, build a career you can be proud of, and serve your community in a critical role. Our team members feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day because they know they have contributed to making their corner of the world safer for their community.

Join one of the fastest-growing security companies in the Northwest, GoJoe Patrol. We have been established in the Spokane community for over 25 years. We take pride in the businesses we work with and the people that deliver our exceptional services.

GoJoe is not like any other security company. We deploy some of the best technology and equipment and utilize the newest hybrid cars. In addition, we make a pledge to our planet and our environment by offsetting our carbon footprint by purchasing Carbon Credits from Native Energy. We are growing nationally and are looking for individuals who not only want to be their best but to work for the best! We look forward to meeting you! To learn more please visit our website and contact us today.

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