CHAPTER 534
PRIVATE DETECTIVES AND SECURITY SERVICES

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Sec. 29-155b. Issuance of license.
Sec. 29-158. License suspension or revocation. Appeal.
Sec. 29-161g. Security service license required.
Sec. 29-161k. Form of application for license. Criminal history records checks. Fingerprints. Photographs. Trade name.

PART I
PRIVATE DETECTIVES AND PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCIES

      Sec. 29-155b. Issuance of license. Upon being satisfied, after investigation, of the good character, competency and integrity of an applicant, or, if the applicant is an association or partnership, of the individual members thereof, or if a corporation, of all officers and directors thereof, the commissioner may grant a license to conduct such private detective business and to maintain a bureau, agency, subagency, office or branch office for the conduct of such business on the premises stated in such application. The license for an individual private detective shall be as a private detective, and the license for a corporation, association or partnership shall be as a private detective agency. Such license shall be for a term of two years and application for renewal shall be on a form furnished by the commissioner. Each licensee shall permit the department to inspect, review or copy those documents, business records or training records in the licensee's possession that are required by regulation to be maintained.

      (1969, P.A. 756, S. 7; P.A. 04-192, S. 7; P.A. 05-288, S. 192.)

      History: P.A. 04-192 eliminated reference to watchman, guard or patrol agency and investigator and provision requiring that license for an individual conducting a watchman, guard or patrol service be as a security service and if for a corporation, association or partnership as a security agency, required that license be for a term of two years, in lieu of one year, and required licensee to permit department to inspect, review or copy those records required by regulation to be maintained; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change.

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      Sec. 29-158. License suspension or revocation. Appeal. Any license may be suspended or revoked by the commissioner, provided notice shall have been given to the licensee to appear before the commissioner to show cause why the license should not be suspended or revoked, upon a finding by the commissioner that: (1) The licensee has violated any of the terms or provisions of sections 29-153 to 29-161, inclusive, or any of the regulations adopted thereunder; (2) the licensee has practiced fraud, deceit or misrepresentation to the clients of the licensee; (3) the licensee has made a material misstatement in the application for issuance or renewal of such licensee's license; (4) the licensee has demonstrated incompetence or untrustworthiness in the conduct of such licensee's business; (5) the licensee has been convicted of a felony or other crime affecting such licensee's honesty, integrity or moral fitness. If the licensee has been convicted under section 53a-61 or 53a-62, the commissioner shall consider the facts and circumstances surrounding such convictions prior to suspending or revoking the license. Any party aggrieved by an order of the commissioner hereunder may appeal therefrom in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183, except venue for such appeal shall be in the judicial district of New Britain.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3741; 1969, P.A. 756, S. 9; 1971, P.A. 870, S. 122; 1972, P.A. 294, S. 30; P.A. 76-436, S. 614, 681; P.A. 77-603, S. 17, 125; P.A. 78-280, S. 5, 127; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4-6; P.A. 99-215, S. 24, 29; P.A. 04-192, S. 17; P.A. 05-288, S. 193.)

      History: 1969 act allowed suspension of license as well as revocation, specified grounds for suspension or revocation where previously suspension or revocation allowed "for good cause", replaced court of common pleas with superior court and "person or agency" with "licensee", and stated that appeals serve to stay execution of suspension or revocation; 1971 act replaced superior court with court of common pleas, effective September 1, 1971, except that courts with cases pending retain jurisdiction unless pending matters deemed transferable; 1972 act made technical correction; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 77-603 replaced previous appeal provisions with requirement that appeals be made in accordance with Sec. 4-183 but retained venue in Hartford county as before; P.A. 78-280 substituted "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" for "Hartford county"; P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 99-215 replaced "judicial district of Hartford" with "judicial district of New Britain", effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 04-192 amended Subdiv. (2) by adding "to the clients of the licensee", made technical changes in Subdivs. (3) and (4), and amended Subdiv. (5) to make a technical change and require that if licensee has been convicted under Sec. 53a-61 or 53a-62, commissioner consider facts and circumstances surrounding such convictions prior to suspending or revoking license; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes.

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PART II
SECURITY SERVICES AND SECURITY OFFICERS

      Sec. 29-161g. Security service license required. No person shall engage in the business of, or solicit business as, a security service or make representations to be or advertise as furnishing security services without first obtaining a license from the Commissioner of Public Safety.

      (P.A. 04-192, S. 22; P.A. 05-288, S. 194.)

      History: P.A. 05-288 made a technical change.

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      Sec. 29-161k. Form of application for license. Criminal history records checks. Fingerprints. Photographs. Trade name. (a) Application for a license as a security service shall be made in writing, under oath, on a form to be furnished by the Commissioner of Public Safety. The application shall state the applicant's full name, age, date and place of birth, residences and employment within the past five years and the applicant's present occupation with the names and addresses of employers, the date and place of conviction of any crime and such additional information as the commissioner requires to investigate the qualification, character, competency and integrity of the applicant. If the applicant is an association, corporation or partnership, similar information shall be required of each individual composing or intending to compose such association, corporation or partnership.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Safety shall require any applicant for a license under this section to submit to state and national criminal history records checks. Each applicant and, in the case of an association, corporation or partnership, each individual composing such association, corporation or partnership, shall submit with the application two complete sets of fingerprints on forms specified and furnished by the commissioner and two photographs, two inches wide by three inches high, taken within six months prior to the application. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this section shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a.

      (c) The application shall state the trade name or proposed trade name to be used by the applicant and the location of the principal place of business and the location of each office and branch office. If the applicant is a corporation, the application shall give the name of the corporation, if different from the proposed trade name, and the date and place of incorporation. Any trade name or proposed trade name shall require the approval of the commissioner. No trade name or designation shall be used which implies any association with any municipal, county or state government or the federal government, or any agency thereof. No licensee shall use any advertisement, seal or card, or any other media which may tend to mislead the public.

      (d) The application shall contain such additional information and documentation as the commissioner may require by regulation.

      (P.A. 04-192, S. 26; P.A. 05-288, S. 195.)

      History: P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (a).

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