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Former Secret Service Agent to teach Security Officer Certification course

In September, Norwalk Community College will offer a two-session Security Officer Certification training class, required by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety.

The course will be taught by former U.S. Secret Service agent Mark Basil, a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
CPP certification is the internationally recognized, highest professional board-certification accorded a security professional.

This course will meet from 9 1 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 in Room 227 in the East Campus building. Tuition is $99.

Topics covered in the Security Officer Certification course will include: Introduction to Private Security, Basic First Aid, Search and Seizure, Use of Force, and Basic Criminal Justice.

Students must take and pass a written examination with a minimum passing score of 70%. Students should bring a picture ID such as driver’s license or passport to class.

Instructor Mark Basil served with the United States Secret Service from 2000-2010. His federal career afforded him the opportunity to work in the fields of protection, anti-terrorism, and intelligence; and to perform security assessments and brief government officials.

He also has published articles on security and has more than 15 years of experience working in the security field. Basil is president of Strategic Protection Solutions, a security consulting company based in New Canaan, CT.

Once student candidates have successfully completed the course and passed the exam, they can submit the application to receive a Security Officer Identification Card from the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the Department of Public Safety.

Receipt of the Security Officer ID Card is contingent on the payment of additional fees to the Department of Public Safety, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.

For more information, please contact Midge King in the NCC Extended Studies and Workforce Education Division at (203) 857-3337 or