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Mission Statement:

To maintain a standard of excellence for the private investigator and security guard industry by ensuring all applicants meet the established criteria for licensing and registration, and enforcing the laws governing the industry to protect the safety of the citizens of Ohio.





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PISGS
PO Box 182001
Columbus, OH 43218-2001

 

 

 

PISGS Observer Newsletter

 

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Attention PISGS licensees! Tell us how your employees go above and beyond to contribute to a safer Ohio. Email us a photo of the employee and a short description of what makes him or her a “Safer Ohio Standout,” and PISGS will recognize the employee!

PISGS General Information

 

What is PISGS?

Private Investigator Security Guard Services (PISGS) licenses and regulates private investigation and security guard companies working in Ohio. There are more than 800 companies with 22,000 registered employees. PISGS is part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

 

Who is licensed?

Ohio law requires people or companies offering security or investigation services to obtain a license. Licensed companies also must register employees. Providing investigation or security services without a license is a crime.

 

Why a license?

A license demonstrates a basic level of professional responsibility, competence and compliance with the law. PISGS verifies a company is insured, operated by a qualifying agent with appropriate experience, and that employees undergo criminal background checks. Registered employees are continuously monitored by the state’s Rapback system, which notifies PISGS if a guard or investigator is arrested. An unlicensed company is a liability for businesses, their employees and customers, and jeopardizes public safety.

 

Hiring Security?

Verify a company is operating legally by asking to see their wall license. All employees will have a registration card if they are properly registered.

Or, contact PISGS for verification: 614-466-4130.