Digby's Detective and Security Agency Training Academy

2850 South Wabash Avenue
Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60616

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Main telephone 312.326.1100
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Contact person name Alonzo Mosley Jr.
Contact person title Training Chief
Contact person e-mail mailto:info@digbysecurity.com
Contact person phone 312.326.1100
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Public or private Private
Type of school Basic 20 Hours Security Training as specified by IDFPR, and
Firearms Security Training, including both Revolver and Semi-automatic weapons as specified by IDFPR
Date founded 1979
Degrees offered Certificate
School accreditation Approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Setting Urban (in a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Downtown Chicago
Population of city the school is in 2,720,000 (2013)
Distance from campus to city center 29 Blocks
Public transportation to campus CTA Busses #29 State Street and #4 Cottage Grove. CTA Train Red Line to Roosevelt Road from the north, and to 35th Street from the south. Upon exiting the train at either stop, a transfer to the #29 State street bus is required to reach the company's operational address.
Student parking on campus Ample, fenced in parking, is available in the facility parking lot, located from the south to the rear of the facility, at no cost to person who are attending training or conducting other business with Digby's Detective and Security Agency, Inc.
Campus size Approximately 2 acres
County Cook
Visitor information website Find more information on this website
School visit availability The Digby's Watch Command Desk may be easily visited from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Classes are typically conducted from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, however, visits to the classroom may not be permitted due to distraction. However, applications to take courses are available at the Watch Command Desk. A request to speak to the Instructor may be permitted depending upon the nature.
Contact to set up school visit Alonzo Mosley Jr.
Additional information In the Security Industry, highly trained and motivated individuals are currently in demand. Our Training Courses are designed and instructed by Illinois State Certified and Law Enforcement Instructors, dedicated to making you the sharpest and brightest in the industry. Certificates earned will qualify individuals to work as Private Security Officers in any Security Operation established under the laws of the State of Illinois.
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Total number of students Varies
Other enrollment information Classes are currently bi-weekly and totals may vary vastly. Both the Basic 20 Hour and Firearms Course are 20 hours each by law.
Asian 2%
Black 80%
Hispanic 10%
White 3%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.
Other racial-ethnic background information A considerable number of the black students are African, specifically Nigerian.
Number of states and territories represented Primarily two, Illinois and Indiana
Other out-of-state student information Those who wish to work in Illinois, or hold Illinois Security credentials to work in Indiana where Illinois Security credentials are recognized where Indiana has no training requirements.
Other international student information Students of international origin tend to hail from Asia, Mexico and the Continent of Africa.
Other age of student information Many students range in ages 18 to 25. As required by law, one may not train for the Security Industry if under 18 years of age. Additionally, one must be at least 21 years of age to train for Firearms Security.
Percentage of students 25 or older Approximately 30%
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Costs (for proprietary schools) Basic 20 Hour Course Tuition is $75.00
Firearms Course Tuition is $95.00. Firearms Training will now include an additional Range Fee of approimately 40.00. Those wishing to qualify on a second type of handgun will encounter an additional fee of $50.00.
Tuition refund policy Trainees who fail to attend and/or remain throughout scheduled class sessions of a course will be classified as "Failure to Lawfully Comply," and as a consequence, forfeit the course fee, with exception to the following only.

Trainees having to leave classes for legitimate and/or emergency reasons, i.e. (illness, immediate family emergency, or other such emergencies, etc.), must notify the Digby's Training Academy via telephone, and such must be verified via doctor's statement or other notarized document, and accompanied by a written and signed statement of difficulty by the Trainee, prior to the next scheduled class session. Such Trainees will be allowed to make-up lost time in subsequent courses class sessions, approved by the instructor prior to taking the course exam. Refunds will be considered only in cases of extreme exigent circumstances beyond those described here-in.
Other tuition payment plan information Student must pay Course Fee in full by the beginning of the second day of classes.
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Admissions contact person Digby's Detective and Security Agency, Inc.
Admissions contact title Watch Command Desk
Admissions phone (local) 312.326.1100
Admissions phone (toll free) 312.236.1100
Admissions office website Student Trainees applying for the Digby's Training Academy, Basic 20 Hour and/or Firearms Training Course, must complete the Application for Enrollment prior to final admission to classes. Proof of age must be verified by submission of a valid Illinois (or other relocating etc) State ID, or Driver's License. Other verifying Documents may include, but not be limited to, Birth Certificate, or DD214. Social Security cards, or verification of the number will be necessary to complete certificates of course completion.

Trainees enrolled in courses must be present at the start time of scheduled classes for admission. Each individual must bring writing paper and black pen for taking notes. Laptops or other such electronic devices may be used for taking notes. However, mobile phones must be placed on vibrate or turned off during class sessions, and all devices must be off in total during the exam.

No Trainee will be confirmed to attend classes prior to confirmation of remitting, in whole or partial until the second day, the required course fee, which is collected by the Instructor. Receipts will be issued upon payment of partial and/or total amount.

A Course Handbook, for classroom use only, and a listing of study aids will be issued at the start of classes. Students may keep the study aids for future reference.
For incoming students Minimally difficult (about 95% of applicants accepted)
Open admissions policy applies to Students who are of 18 years of age and above. However, moderate reading comprehension skill is of paramount importance, both in completing the courses and gaining employment.
Groups or programs with a different entrance difficulty level Student with Misdemeanor convictions in their backgrounds may experience difficulty in receiving the PERC. Students with Felony convictions in their backgrounds within ten years will not be found eligible to receive the required PERC.

Students with Felony convictions in their backgrounds will never be eligible to work as Armed Security Officers in the State of Illinois.
Required high school courses High School Diploma or GED tend to be required for most Security Contract Operations.
Admission is available Classes are scheduled on a weekly basis, except for major holiday weeks, i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July
Application deadline Applicants must pre-register by telephone to reserve a seat.
Application fee waived None
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
Other application materials Required for all students
Other application requirements information As specified in Admissions
Required exams State Required, fifty questions for Basic 20 Hour Course, and thirty-three questions for Firearms Course
Average GPA (on 4.0 scale) Not applicable
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Certificate or diploma Yes
Academic calendar Every other week of the year, starting most Mondays at 9:00 am. Schedules may be picked up at the Digby's Watch Command Desk.
Grading system Exams are graded by points. Students must score a minimum of 70 points to pass the Basic 20 Hour Course, and 75 points to pass the Firearms Exam.
Number of faculty on campus Main location only
Average class size
Lecture Varies
Laboratory Live Firearms Range segment for Firearms Class Students
Discussion Within class sessions
Other attendance options Must comply to the 20 hour lawful requirement for both the Basic 20 Hour and Firearms Course (20 hours each).
Other computing info May use personal computer for taking notes.
Information about other special programs Refresher Courses for Employed Security Officers. Contact Instructor for schedules and cost.
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Academic advising Yes
Reading and study skills courses Yes
Other information about academic services Refresher Courses Available - Contact Instructor for Schedules and cost.
Accessibility contact person Alonzo Mosley Jr.
Accessibility contact title Training Chief
Accessibility contact e-mail Email
Accessibility contact phone 312.326.1100
Registration assistance Yes
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Career contact person Anita Riddle
Career contact title Personnel Manager
Career contact e-mail address Email
Career contact phone 312.326.1100
Had a full-time job offer within six months of graduation 85%
Was counseled by the career services office Occasionally, or upon request
Career counseling Yes
Job interview preparation Yes
Other career services Security Company address listings Test score sheet provided for personal records. Duplicate Basic 20 Hour Certificates provided for a $25.00 fee..
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security. If you have questions or concerns about the information displaying please contact Illinois Career Information System.