There is a lot of debate on whether or not Security Guards should wear badges. I’ve heard first hand accounts of people being negative about it. It really is all about how you use your badge. Impersonation of a Police Officer is something Security Guards are often charged with when they over step their authority. We recently got a warning from the Pennsylvania State Police about ACT 235 Certifications not covering you when you are not on duty as a Security Officer because sometimes guards don’t bother to get their Concealed Carry Permits for out of work carry.
An ACT 235 badge is really meant to make anyone aware that you are Certified to carry a firearm and give you a level of authority in certain positions. I’ve been in enough crisis situations that sometimes Law Enforcement or private citizens can be put at ease when they see a badge on you. Some Philadelphia Police suggested people wear the badge on the same side as their firearm so people see “gun” and see “badge” right next to it. We spoke to PA State Police about the designs of some of the badges that are out there and they did tell us that Certified Agent is not something people understand or can identify with, even though the State Police issue these. Having Certified Agent and Security Officer on the badge was something they considered “a good idea”. We are selling these with the leather clip on holder for $100 and do plan on stocking them.