Superior Security: Training Pays Off For Local Clubs

By on October 5, 2017

In the month of September, over 40 nightclub employees from HiLiter, Essex, Bandaids, and the Candy Store participated in a two day 12 hour National Security Certification Program. The purpose was simple; to provide unique and specific training that will allow employees and security guards to have the tools necessary to make decisions that can limit problems, help their guests be safer and keep the community safer.

The National Security Certification Program was developed by Robert C. Smith. Robert is the President and CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants, Inc. His company has been contracted by the owners of 5 valley strip clubs. Robert’s company provides the best training in the country and also provides a policy manual to match the training. Robert’s program has been utilized for the past two years by this group of owners and has been extremely impactful to the operations of their businesses and the safety of their customers.

As some of you are aware, on January 21st, 2017, Luke Jones was killed after he was beaten by a bouncer at Centerfolds Cabaret. The bouncer, Brandon Draper, has pled not guilty to second degree murder. He has not gone to trial as of the date of this article. Jones’ wife, Heather Jones, is urging lawmakers to pass legislation for stricter regulations and training of bouncers and security at nightclubs. You may have heard of the “Luke Jones Initiative” or “Luke’s Law.”

The group of owners who contracted with Robert C. Smith and Nightclub Security Consultants, Inc. are also the new operators of Centerfolds Cabaret. It should be clear that there is no affiliation to the old ownership and Centerfolds is entirely under new management that will hire all new employees. The new operators of Centerfolds Cabaret support Luke’s Law, if it’s written correctly. It is hoped that the law will require similar training as is written in States like California, where job specific training is required for the guards and not just generic training.

Currently, Arizona’s Department of Public Safety offers what is called a Guard Card. To receive a Guard Card, an individual must complete an 8 hour program that is taught by a DPS certified instructor. This program only offers basic or general knowledge and the participant upon completion of the course will receive the card. Keep in mind, that a Guard Card is not a requirement to work as a security guard in the State of Arizona.

In 1998, Robert decided to develop the first 8-hour training program for security workers within the hospitality industry. By 2001, his company had created the first certification program for in house security workers (Bouncers) in the nation. The training program has now extended to 12 hours on the national level and 16 hours in California, which is mandated by law. Currently, Robert has a program that is second to none. His company currently works with liquor-licensed establishments in over 40 states across the country and he has trained or lectured to over 10,000 hospitality employees in over 20 unique and industry specific topics.

There are a couple ways to receive his instruction, from online to in-person. The preferred way is always going to be in-person. According to Robert, “when groups meet in person, they have already bought into this type of training. We can now talk to an employee as an individual, we can bring up management issues, group dynamics and can talk specifically about issues they may have in person, so there is an exchange. The programs are unique and specific to the job that an in house guard may have. Our training provides the tools to solve problems that perhaps they weren’t previously able to handle.”
In the event that Centerfolds Cabaret reopens, Robert will be contracted to do recurrent training, from Managers, Security, Waitresses, Bartenders, DJ’s and even Dancers (should they elect to do so). The group who will be operating Centerfolds has a commitment to educating and training their employees and are adamant that the training will be long term and ongoing.

As a result of their existing commitment, the group has taken employees to 15 consecutive Gentlemen’s Club Expos for training in a variety of topics regarding strip club management. In addition, the group is a member of ACE National. ACE National is a federally registered trade association for America’s licensed adult nightclubs. ACE helps to protect and serve its member clubs and affiliate state club owner associations by providing and sharing relevant political and legal information, resources and referrals. ACE National works with local and federal law enforcement to combat human trafficking through its COAST (Club Operators Against Sex Trafficking) Campaign.Between all of the clubs, at least 40 employees have received training certificates from the Department of Homeland Security on how to spot and report human trafficking.

Keep in mind, that none of this is required. This is a group of extremely proactive owners! It’s a rarity in today’s society to see businesses and their owners doing the right thing. Not because they have to, but because they realize that proper training can limit problems, help keep the community safer and help their guests be safer.

Robert’s Top 4 Tips for Gentlemen’s Clubs
1. Proactive ownership
2. Proper training
3. The right number of staff for the venue
4. Cameras

Robert’s company is the industry leader in setting the standard of care for bouncers working in bars, clubs and other alcohol licensed establishments. You can reach Robert at: 619.997.6144 or

For More Information about ACE National or COAST please contact: ACE National executive director, Angelina Spencer at 202.220.3019 or

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