Project Description

State Required Security Guard Classes (Dallas’ Law & HB0322)

Starting January 1, 2023, Tennessee began enforcing a new law known as Dallas’ Law. This legislation mandates comprehensive training for private guards employed in alcohol-serving establishments, encompassing first aid, CPR, restraint techniques, and de-escalation strategies.

Governor Bill Lee approved this measure in response to the tragic incident involving Dallas “DJ” Barrett, who tragically lost his life in August 2021 following an altercation with security personnel at a honky tonk bar in downtown Nashville. A thorough examination by a medical professional revealed that Barrett, a 22-year-old, died due to oxygen deprivation caused by the restraint of six guards and a bystander. Consequently, his death was ruled a homicide, leading to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated assault against the seven individuals involved.

In addition, TN House Bill HB0322 was passed, revising portions of existing law to require specific Active Shooter Training for security officers working in school environments.

The primary objective of Tennessee’s enhanced security guard training requirements is twofold: to proactively prevent similar incidents from escalating in the future and to avert unnecessary loss of life caused by untrained guards employing inappropriate tactics.


Training to become a Tennessee certified security officer who can work in:

–Establishments that serve liquor–


now includes specific training required by law.

All candidates must complete:


2-Hour Class – Cost: $50

Having the skills to safely restrain someone for their protection and yours without using any intermediate weapons or restraints. The safety restraint course develops principles of controlling a subject’s balance and leverage through a series of drills put into a flow. We start with wrist control and progress through different branching techniques while practicing controlled mechanics and operator/subject safety during contact.


2-Hour Class – Cost: $50

Class participants will learn how to de-escalate situations in order to avoid physical altercations that have the potential for putting both parties at risk of harm. De-escalation is a form of potent mental warfare and requires preparation, giving security professionals a valuable tool in their incident response arsenal.


4-Hour Class – Cost: $70

Required content includes everything found in our CPR Certification class (click here to view), but is additionally focused on the guard’s responsibility to administer help when needed.


8-Hour Class – Cost: $125

This class covers team formation, building clearing, barricades, inside, and outside tactics.
Get Informed: Learn where the active shooter trend came from and where it is going.
Set Your Strategy Inside: Go over strategic protocols, shelter-in-place, and evacuation procedures.
Set Your Strategy Outside: Learn how and where to barricade to provide the most safety possible.
Practice for Possibilities: Implement Scenarios (no live guns or ammo involved).
Talk it over: Discuss what you have learned, ask questions, and get feedback from all participants.

These Laws Mandate Additional Training for Guards Working in Schools or Establishments That Serve Liquor