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Security Training for Nightlife Employees

The Seattle Police Department offers a Security Training Program with classes open to the public several times a year. These classes are not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with your clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both your patrons and your employees. We hope you will take advantage of this important opportunity.

Topics of instruction include:

  • Starting your shift - including proper equipment and pre-shift checks
  • Screening patrons - maintaining line queues, checking ID, dress code enforcement, weapon checks, etc.
  • Maintaining a safe environment - interior patrol tactics, stopping problems before they start
  • Handling problem situations - understanding appropriate use of force, de-escalating situations, calling 9-1-1, report writing
  • Rolling/Soft closes - shutting down and dispersing patrons
  • 2014 Scheduled Classes: Sunday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. More classes to be posted soon. Registration and a $60 fee are required. Payment may be cash or check payable to City of Seattle due at the beginning of class. All students must bring valid photo ID to class.When you register, you should get an automatic email confirmation. Approximately one week before class, you will receive a detailed email with directions and more information.

    Registration Form [PDF]

    Security Training FAQs [PDF]

    For more information, contact The Seattle Police Security Training Coordinator at