- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - City officials in Montgomery are considering the idea of requiring security guards in bars and nightclubs to be licensed by the state.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (https://on.mgmadv.com/NTOmoc) that the city is continuing to explore ways of regulating private security at clubs.

Mayor Todd Strange has asked Police Chief Kevin Murphy to draw up a proposed ordinance that would require all security officers hired for Montgomery bars and clubs to be licensed by the state.

The police chief said that requiring security guards to be licensed would make for a safer environment at the nightspots.

City Councilman John Dow has been pushing for the city to look into using off-duty officers for security, but the mayor said police and city staff members have advised against that.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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