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. 

 

Instructors 

Taylor Herrick

Taylor J. Herrick has served in the Public Safety Department at Saratoga Hospital for 10 years. Currently the Director of Public Safety, he is responsible for a team of 20 public safety officers. He served as public safety coordinator, second in command, for the previous six years, rising through the ranks from his initial position as a part-time public safety officer in January 2007. During his tenure, he spearheaded the Hospital’s security guard training program, which is approved by NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Herrick brought more than 15 years of experience in the field of public safety to his role when he joined the team. Herrick is a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) Level II; a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy ; a NYS DCJS-approved NYS General Topics Instructor; a Certified Active Shooter & Workplace Violence Instructor; and a National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) Instructor in Screening of Persons by Observational Techniques. . He also holds a NYS Armed Guard license.  

Additionally, Herrick serves on several committees for the Hospital, including Environment of Care (EOC); Patient Department Safety Advocates; Emergency Preparedness; and Security Nurses and Physicians (SNAP).  

Herrick earned his associate’s degree in criminal justice at SUNY Adirondack, graduating magna cum laude. He is pursuing a degree in business management and economics, with a concentration in emergency management, from Empire State College.

Herrick holds the following certificates in the field of Public Safety: Healthcare Professional Safety Certificate (IAHSS); Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification through CPI; and U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Enhanced Bomb Threat Management; Response to Terrorist Bombings; and Indicators of Terrorist Attack Cycle for Emergency Responders.

 

 

David H. Nelson

David Nelson is the Public Safety Coordinator at Saratoga Hospital and serves as the Security Guard Training School Co-Director and Chief Instructor.  

Nelson has worked in the private security field since 1988. Prior to that, he was a Signals Intelligence Analyst with the United States Army. He holds many training certifications, including NYS Security Guard General Topics Instructor; NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Police OC Instructor; NYS Security Guard Firearms Instructor; and Active Shooter Instructor. He also holds professional certifications in Healthcare Professional Safety; Hospital Emergency Coordinator II; and U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Professional Development Series.

Nelson holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College. He has attained the highest level credential of Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). He is one of only a handful in New York State to attain this esteemed credential and one of approximately 350 worldwide.

 

 

Dave Trottier

David Trottier is a NYS Certified Security Guard General Topics Instructor at Saratoga Hospital. He also serves as a NYS Court Officer. He initially joined the Hospital’s Public Safety Department in 2012 and became a supervisor with the Public Safety Department in 2015, but shortly thereafter was accepted to the NYS Court Officers Academy in September 2015, graduating in December 2015 and returning to the Hospital in the spring of 2016 to assume his current role.

Trottier holds a NYS Armed Guard license; an International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Supervisor certification; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certifications; has completed a 40-hour NYS Enhanced Security Guard Training Program; and is trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI).

Trottier graduated from Castleton State College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He began his law enforcement career as a Communications Officer for the Hudson Falls Police Department in 2010.

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

 

 

Danielle Jourdan

Danielle Jourdan is a Shift Leader with the Department of Public Safety at Saratoga Hospital. She began her extensive career in the private security field in 2004. 

Jourdan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, N.Y. with an emphasis on Substance Abuse Counseling.

Jourdan is a NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) certified Police Mental Health Instructor; Police and Security General Topics Instructor; and is a Certified Healthcare Security Supervisor Officer through the International Healthcare Safety and Security Association.  Additionally, Jourdan holds a NYS Armed Guard license.

 
 
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