The Security Guard Training School at Saratoga Hospital

Courses

  • 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course
    • This 8 hour course is required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard license from the New York State department of State. The course provides the student with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations and much more. 
    • The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course
  • 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course
    • This is a 16 hour course, taken over 2 days, that must be completed within 90 days of employment as a security guard. The course provides the student with detailed information on the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the emergency situations, communications and public relations, terrorism and much more.
    • The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course. Prerequisite is successful completion of 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course (license in hand) AND an employment offer as a Security Guard 
  • 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course
    • This is an 8 hour course that must be completed within 12 calendar months from completion of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards, and annually thereafter. The course is structured to provide the student with updated and enhanced information on the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics include the role of the security guard, access control, ethics and conduct and more. 
    • The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course. 

 

John DiNovo, Director of Public Safety 

John A. DiNovo serves as the Director of Public Safety and is also a Lean (Process Improvement) Leader for Saratoga Hospital. He is a former Detective Lieutenant of the Albany Police Department and a graduate of the FBI National Academy and US Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar. Mr. DiNovo was certified by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services as a Police Officer Instructor and served on the Steering Committee for the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy.

John joined Saratoga Hospital in 2005 to follow his passion for serving others. As part of the Saratoga Hospital Leadership team, he works with tremendous people who believe in the Hospital’s mission of serving and providing excellence to the community. Under John’s leadership, the Public Safety Department strives to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone at all of the Hospital’s sites. To do this, training, continuing education and collaboration with Law Enforcement and other Security Departments is in the forefront of his Department’s philosophy.

The Security Guard Training School at Saratoga Hospital is an excellent vehicle for the Hospital to train its internal staff and to provide a much needed avenue for those seeking to enter the Security profession and to keep their license and knowledge base current.

 

Instructors 

Taylor Herrick

For the past 10 years, Taylor J. Herrick has provided excellent attention to detail and has effectively represented the face of the Public Safety Department at Saratoga Hospital. He is currently the Public Safety Coordinator for the department. Working close with John DiNovo, Director of Public Safety, Taylor has proven to be indispensable in providing safety and security to those who come to Saratoga Hospital.

Taylor has brought over 15 years of experience in the field of Public Safety. He is a magna cum laude graduate of SUNY Adirondack, holding a degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently attending Empire State College where he will earn his degree in Business Administration with a minor in Emergency Management. He is currently a NYS Armed Guard, DCJS approved NYS General Topics Instructor, Certified Active Shooter & Workplace Violence Instructor, and NCBRT Instructor in Screening of Persons by Observational Techniques, and holds the following certificates in the field of Public Safety – Healthcare Professional Safety Certificate (IAHSS), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification through CPI, FEMA certificates (ICS-15.b, 18, 33, 100, 106, 139, 200, 230, 235, 240, 241, 244, 394, 546, 700, 702, 800, 836, 906, 907, 914, & 915). He also holds several certificates from Homeland Security in Enhanced Bomb Threat Management, Response to Terrorist Bombings, and Indicators of Terrorist Attach Cycle for Emergency Responders. We are also lucky to have him on several committees for the hospital, Environmental of Care (EOC), Patient Department Safety Advocates, Emergency Preparedness, & Security Nurses and Physicians (SNAP).  

 

 

David H. Nelson

Mr. Nelson has been working in the private security field since 1988. Prior to that, he was an intelligence analyst with the US Army for four years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice from Ashworth College and has attained the highest level credential of Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.

Mr. Nelson has extensive experience in both contract and propriety security. He is a New York State Certified Security Guard General Topics Instructor, a DCJS certified OC Instructor and a NYS Certified Security Guard Firearms Instructor.

Mr. Nelson rose quickly through the ranks and is a seasoned supervisor, always willing to share his knowledge to help other security personnel achieve their goals. Mr. Nelson’s focus has always been on education, training and the professionalization of security personnel regardless of the diverse environments they serve in.

 

 

 

David Trottier

David Trottier has been part of the Public Safety Department since 2012 and established in the security profession since 2009. Mr. Trottier graduated from Castleton State College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and has strived for a career in law enforcement ever since. Mr. Trottier started his law enforcement career as a Communications Officer for the Hudson Falls Police Department in 2010.

Mr. Trottier became a supervisor with the Public Safety Department in 2015, however his tenure in that position was short lived.  David was accepted to the NYS Court Officers Academy in September 2015 and graduated in December 2015 and is currently stationed out of Fulton County, NY.

Since spring of 2016, Trottier is also a per diem employee for the Saratoga Hospital Public Safety department and maintains his; NYS Certified Security Guard General Topics Instructor, NYS Armed Guard license, IAHSS Supervisor certification, FEMA certifications, 40 hour NYS Enhanced Security Guard Training Program and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI).

Mr. Trottier’s belief in proper training for security guards is of the up-most importance in today’s world, providing building blocks for today’s guards to maintain and preserve the profession.

 

 
 
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