15.07.2016

Weekly News Update

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India (12.07.2016): Private security guard agencies in the Nashik region are suspected of violating several requirements of the Private Security Agencies Act of 2005 concerning the hiring of their personnel. Among other requirements, the legislation requires that a guard must be 18-years old at least and must not have any offense against him. Police investigations have been initiated, and the credentials of the security agencies’ personnel will be verified.

 

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USA (12.07.2016): In Ramsey County, Minneapolis, public forces have partnered with a private security company in the framework of a program to register private security cameras. The program will allow businesses and individuals to register their own security camera in order to help law enforcement officials: registration will be free and voluntary and investigators will not have access to the cameras unless permitted.

 

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USA (11.07.2016): The city of Tampa is questioning the training of private security agents it employs after a shooting incident caught on video, involving a private guard from the company Iron Eagle Security. So far, the city does conduct a background check on each private guard hired, but the training is the responsibility of the company.

 

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Bangladesh (10.06.2016): In the aftermath of the attack on the Gulshan café, the international community in Bangladesh is pushing the government to revisit the security measures for diplomats. So far, the national legislation does not allow private security personnel to carry firearms: on the request of US representative, the Bangladesh government said that, after conducting a thorough effectiveness analysis, they could consider amending this norm to allow private security personnel to carry firearms. 

 

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India (10.07.2016): An inquiry of the newspaper ‘Sunday Standards’ reveled poor working conditions, lack of training and lack of capacities of private guards in New Delhi. Most of the interrogated private security personnel felt they would have no actual means to respond to a threat and would only be able to call the police without intervening. Private security guards are inadequately equipped, mostly being unarmed and the legal disposition regarding training of the personnel is often bypassed by PSCs.

 

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Jamaica (08.06.2016): Speaking at the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, Jamaica’s Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, highlighted the need for a reform of the private security sector, qualifying the industry as vital to Jamaica’s economy. He assures vetting, working conditions and environment will be addressed and that everyone will be treated fairly. Montague asked the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) to explore the possibility of introducing a health insurance plan for security guards.

 

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