(a) An applicant, or his or her manager, for a license as a private patrol operator shall have had at least one year of experience as a patrolperson, guard or watchman, or the equivalent thereof as determined by the director. An applicant shall substantiate the claimed year of qualifying experience and the exact details as to the character and nature thereof by written certifications from the employer, subject to independent verification by the chief as he or she may determine. In the event of inability of an applicant to supply the written certifications from the employer in whole or in part, applicants may offer other written certifications from other than employers substantiating employment for consideration by the chief.
(b) An individual who, upon the determination of the chief, has served in the armed services and possesses the proper skills may be eligible to take the private patrol operator licensing examination. In that case the chief may waive any other required training courses, as he or she determines. However, if the applicant fails the licensing examination, the chief may not thereafter waive completion of any required training courses.
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