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Centennial Protection Group, receives Maryland State Security Guard Training school approval

Updated: Feb 17

Timonium, MD: Centennial Protection Group (CPG) is one of the FIRST training programs to receive Maryland approval to provide Initial and Inservice Security Guard certification training to those seeking to obtain or renew their Security Guard certifications.

The Maryland State Legislature, for the first time, is mandating security guard Initial and Inservice training and, for the first time, requiring all employers who assign staff to security duties, to comply with all security agency and security guard laws.

On February 14, 2024, CPG became one of the first security agencies in the State to be approved by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, in the State to provide the required 12 hour Initial Security Guard training and required 8 hour In-Service Security Guard training for those looking to renew their certifications.

David Hopp, President of Centennial Protection Group, a retired Maryland State Police Captain, applauded this new law and said "this requirement is long overdue. As we have seen in recent years, there have been grave incidents involving security guards, especially in the use of force. This training will raise the level of professionalism, accountability and effectiveness in the services provided to the community."

The new laws go into effect June 1, 2024. David Hopp and CPG will begin providing training for security guards March 1, 2024 and will also offer services to other security agencies and non security guard agency employers, who assign their staff to security functions, to ensure compliance with all laws. These services include training, certification, licensing applications, fingerprinting, employer records management and employee processing.

David Hopp adds that he looks forward to the support they will be offering security guards and helping ease their client concerns while increasing accountability in the security profession.

Centennial Protection Group can be contacted at 

or by calling 443.424.8273.


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